John W.A. "Doc" Buyers, led C. Brewer & Co. Ltd. for more than 25 years and diversified the "Big Five" company from sugar to other businesses and crops.
He came to Hawaii in 1975 to run C. Brewer, and led the transformation of the company from a sugar grower into diversified agriculture with brand names such as Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, Royal Kona Coffee, Hawaii's Own tropical juices, Punalu'u Sweetbread and Kukui jams and jellies.
He created Maui Tropical Plantation as a "demonstration plantation" to highlight the benefits of diversified agriculture for Hawaii.
J.W.A. "DOC" BUYERS / 1928-2006