04/24/2014 09:03 pm ET Updated Apr 24, 2014

An Intimate Look Into Historic Baldwin Family Maui Ranch

Ashley Camper, The Wall Street Journal

About 10 miles from Oprah Winfrey's ranch on Maui sits nearly 30,000 acres of upcountry land owned by a family whose name is virtually synonymous with Hawaii's tumultuous history.

The family is the large and influential Baldwin clan. Family patriarch H.P. Baldwin co-founded Alexander & Baldwin, ALEX +0.70% which would become one of Hawaii's "Big Five"—companies, often considered an oligarchy, that wielded enormous economic and political clout in the state from the mid-19th to mid-20th-century. Today, as its original sugar business dwindles, A&B is a Honolulu-based real-estate firm and one of the state's largest landowners. The ranch and the company are now separate.

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