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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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  • My husband and I really enjoyed our tour- learning about the history of Hawaii from a friendly tour guide who took his time explaining everything to us. 
    My husband and I really enjoyed our tour- learning about the history of Hawaii from a friendly tour guide who took his time explaining everything to us.  more »
  • The plantation era of Hawaii, when cane and pineapple ruled, helped to shape the unique culture that defines our 50th state. This tour provides an informative background of all the different people's....  more
    The plantation era of Hawaii, when cane and pineapple ruled, helped to shape the unique culture that defines our 50th state. This tour provides an informative background of all the different people's....  more »
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  • Very interesting display of photo's inside and the actual plantation workers living quarters on the outside. Interesting fact is that some Japanese were incarcerated on the island during the war next door to the POW's. This I did not know.
  • This takes you back to a time that feels so long ago but really wasn't. Such a nice break from the beaches and busy life of the island to learn about the people who helped build it up. Highly recommend!

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