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Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu

(4.1/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • After reading that this is Oahu's only living history museum, and seeing all of the positive reviews, I was really excited to visit. What I didn't realize was: 1. The buildings are scaled-down replica...  more »
  • it was a quiet day at the village, we walked around the old cottages. It was very interesting to see all the different ethnic cottages, it brought you back to another time and for one of my friends it...  more »
  • My husband and I decided to tour on Monday based on the reviews of Espy as a docent and we were not disappointed. This lady has story upon story of her life as a child growing up on a plantation. She ...  more »