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Hawaii's Plantation Village, Waipahu

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 140 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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  • Today at 11am we had a tour undertaken by Joan, an elderly Japanese-American (she emphasised her ethnicity hence I've put it here). Here are some of the comments she made: 1. "In Hawaii, the Caucasian...  read more »
  • We took a tour of the plantation with Don, a kind woman of Korean descent. She described all the houses and ethnicities very well and really made us imagine what life was like back then. The tour last...  read more »
  • Don't get me wrong it is interesting and its perfectly set up the grounds are very nice. . The tour could though be shortened if the guide did not repeat the same thing over and over again. I understa...  read more »
  • A lot of good information about the history of Hawaii. I really learned a lot. I didn't know when the Europeans came to Hawaii they brought a lot of foreign illnesses that wiped out 90% of the Hawaiian population. Since there wasn't enough native hawaiians to work the plantations they brought in poor people from Asia ,Japan , Korea , China , Philippines and other places promising them that they would get rich and worked them like slaves.
  • I had an excellent tour from Robert. We went through the recreated dwellings of historic immigrant groups who worked on the sugar plantation. I would have liked more information about the sugar-making process and the current plants grown there.
  • Interesting and Educational !!!!
  • Ive been there twice and each time I went the tour was very long, slow and boring. The docent we had has been there for a long time but shared too much of his unwanted knowledge that kept us in each house very long...The old man and all the old ladies there are not very nice but they're unhappy and grumpy. Usually elderly people are kind but not these. Maybe the plantation need bright, happy and cheery young docents. Just saying!!!
  • Its a great tour and very informative! Our guide, Bobbi had actually lived on a plantation! Plus, another guide brought a great lunch to share. Bonus! It was a great treat after eating out all week! Its mostly about how the workers lived rather than agriculture, but its still cool. Take a bottle of water along on your walk through time!
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