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Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu

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Step back in time to when ‘sugar was King’ and experience real Hawai‘i. Hawaii’s Plantation Village is the perfect location for keiki, family, and all ages to explore a living history museum and botanical garden opening a door to time of true hospitality and cultural sharing that sprung from Hawaii’s plantation life.

Located in historic Waipahu town, local guides take you on a journey back to the early 1900s, where you can experience more than 25 authentic plantation homes and structures featuring personal artifacts, clothing, furniture and art placed in their original settings. Unusual plants brought from China, Portugal, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, Okinawa, Polynesia, and the Philippines by the immigrants from their native lands provide delicious fruit samples during the tour. Visitors coming on the first Saturday of each month will experience a special treat as the village comes alive with ethnic demonstrations and interactive historical vignettes interwoven into the guided tour.

In addition to guided tours, Hawaii’s Plantation Village offers Cultural Festivals (like Chinese New Year, Japanese O-bon, etc.) throughout the year making it possible for visitors to taste delicious ethnic food, learn traditional crafts, music, dance, customs and more!

The gift shop features home-made handicrafts, ethnic music, cookbooks, toys and much more! This “must-see” attraction is located in historic Waipahu town, just down the street from Waikele Shopping Outlets.
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  • About an hour walking tour. Our guide had a thick Japanese accent. I could understand him, ( I speak an Asian language) but it could be difficult for those who are not familiar with that type of accen...  more »
  • We took the kids here a couple years ago while staying at Ko'o lina. It was easy to find and very interesting. Close to both Honolulu and the west coast resorts. The guise had actually lived there as ...  more »
  • This was a very enjoyable experience. The tour guide was very informative, funny, and interactive. They had umbrellas to borrow as it was raining so it did not inhibit our enjoyment of the village. Th...  more »
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  • A beautiful gem that most people skip. You should stop and learn some history you never knew. The lady's we're very helpful.
  • Really enjoyed the tour here! Our tour guide Norm was great!! Learned a lot about this plantation and Hawaii in general!!
  • It ussually has lots of community events such as the malungai festival,Haunted plantation,and the malasada festival. On someday they'll have tours, Its a fun place to go while exploring oahu whichll teach you the history of the plantation houses left on their property.(Its also haunted)
  • Spent the morning pruning and weeding with the folks from Olelo. Yoshiko was our guide and she's awesome!
  • Ken was a very knowledgeable and humorous guide. He had quite the challenge, with a sr. Kamaaina and a sr who has been away for the past 34 yrs (me), and my 22 yr old son. We all came away with new knowledge and understanding. Well worth the trip!