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Hawaii 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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  • Fred was our docent. The gents was fantastic is many different ways. Folks, in places that rely on the quality of the docent, that makes or breaks the visit. Read Hawaii by Michener and then go. If...  more »
  • Excellent tour! Very informative and interesting! The docent was very knowledgeable Great insight into the immigrants that came here to work on the sugar cane plantations and also to see the...  more »
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  • Very interesting immigration & housing history for sugar cane workers. Norm was our guide & he grew up in a plantation village. He gave 1st hand experience in his presentation. Norm was very knowledgeable overall & answered all questions.
  • I remember visiting my great aunt at her plantation house and am glad there's a place to learn more about the plantation experience and history of Hawaii. We took a self-guided tour and explored the exhibit rooms. I appreciate the room about Honouliuli since the site cannot yet be visited.

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