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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  • A great tour of the history of the ethnic make up of workers who arrived from 1850-1946. The discord between the different ethnic groups in each culture was amazing. The use of pigeon to communicate w...  more »
  • Hawaii’s Plantation Village is a very special place replicating the unique time of the pre-state era where many imported laborers contributed greatly to the once almighty sugar cane industry. You’ll e...  more »
  • This is one of the hidden treasures of Hawaii that visitors and residents of Oahu gives an idea about the history of the island. In the beginning you have some doubts whether you are in the right area, but once it gets a bit clearer. Access is $15,-for adults. We had chosen for a tour by a volunteer. This has as a child still lived on the plantation which he also could tell a lot of personal stories. Our tour took about 1.5 hours to walk through the whole compex, but part of that time was also devoted to questions that we had about life on the plantation. There are a lot of buildings to see. All (on a barn after) are replicas of buildings that there used to be. However, this gives a good idea about before. You get a clear picture about what people have lived here and why this to Hawaii have been drawn. The plantation let you really a step back in time and see how the early pioneers lived on Oahu. Definitely recommended to here to go along. You get a clear picture about life on a plantation and how different cultures have come together on Hawaii.
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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!

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