Hawaii Plantation Village

Hawaii Plantation Village, Waipahu: Address, Phone Number, Hawaii Plantation Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Hawaii Plantation Village
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A sugar cane plantation village with 30 homes open to the public for viewing.
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BBode15
Philadelphia, PA5 contributions
Inspiring and fascinating visit to the past
May 2021
We've been to Hawaii many times but had never heard of this amazing place. A dear friend grew up in one of these villages, so I was so grateful to visit and learn. Our tour was fantastic! Lance is a master--he has a depth of knowledge and first-hand affection for the plantation villages. We learned so much here. This tour tells a don't-miss story of hope, determination, creativity, and community, unlike any other.
Written 7 June 2021
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Swimmerfly
Allentown, PA44 contributions
Great glimpse at the past
May 2021
This isn't a very well-known tourist spot but is a super way to learn about some of Hawaii's agricultural development. Families with small children may not wish to choose this, depending upon their kids' interests. A guided walking tour is available. If you have the time, it is helpful to read the background information provided in the museum prior to walking the grounds. It is amazing to learn about the history of the sugar industry in Hawaii and gives you insight into the multicultural population that forms the basis for the present Hawaiian state - as native Hawaiians suffered elimination from various diseases brought to their islands by overseas explorers, immigration of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Puerto Rican, Filipino and even Portuguese people supported the sugar industry during its heyday. Prejudice was rampant as the industry strove to survive. This fascinating, informal tour takes a little over an hour but is worth it to appreciate the island history. Be aware that this site is only open on weekdays with limited hours (10AM-2PM, if I recall).
Written 12 May 2021
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CJ112015
Lexington, MA127 contributions
Interesting and important insight into Hawaii’s agricultural history
May 2021
Let’s begin with…you need to be interested in Hawaii’s agricultural history, I.e. sugar plantation and how it influenced immigration by the Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean and Puerto Rican people in order to enjoy this tour. It is run by a nonprofit so not polished, not rehearsed and not choreographed - just plain history about hardworking people, the discrimination they faced, their hard lives and their culture. Take was our guide today- knowledgeable, well paced and so very patient with the group of 9 peppering him with questions. Informal, interesting and low-key.
Written 7 May 2021
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Sophie
Olympia, WA5 contributions
Educational and welcoming
Dec 2020
My friends and I were the only ones to visit the plantation today and the staff was so happy to see us! Lance gave us a wonderful tour and was very knowledgeable, adding anecdotes of his personal experience. He was so personable and really demonstrated the spirit of Aloha.talking story with him was a highlight of my trip!

Because of Covid they have very few visitors. This is a safe, outdoor, place to witness realistic replicas of the plantation dwellings. I learned so much and really recommend the tour to anyone who wants to learn more about Hawaii’s diverse history— great for kids too!
Written 15 December 2020
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Ron R
Green Cove Springs, FL479 contributions
Very good 2 hours Not for young kehki or those who failed history, or don't care about it
Feb 2020
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 not interested in history, do not go
Written 1 March 2020
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BoardingPass728479
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Hawaiian plantation village
Jan 2020 • Couples
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 living conditions.
Written 12 February 2020
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Jim B
Grand Rapids, MI197 contributions
Great, inspirational history
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our 90 minute tour turned into 3 great hours of learning about the foreign immigration into Hawaii, and reasons for it. Our guide grew up in the sugar cane communities and had countless stories to share. The varied architecture of the building representing the varied cultural groups was both fascinating and beautiful. Highly recommended to any visitor to Hawaii!
Written 12 February 2020
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Aileen and Pet... F
Christiansburg, VA19 contributions
Hawaiian History and Cultural Museum
Jan 2020
Anyone who enjoys learning about history or local culture would enjoy this place. It consists of buildings from the plantation era of Hawaiian history. You may take a guided tour or carry a self guiding packet with you. The buildings have all been moved to this location allowing a concentrated experience of the immigrants who came to Hawaii in this era. The buildings are furnished with appropriate furniture and articles of daily living as well as religious objects from the various religions of the people who lived on the plantations. There are many interesting plants and trees as well. Inside the visitor's center, was an exhibit about the the mistreatment of Japanese Americans during World War 2. It is a lesson for us today. Visitors will learn a lot from touring this museum but it will be a pain free, no test experience. It's the best way to learn history.
Written 20 January 2020
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Christina G
Oahu, HI4 contributions
Very interesting
Jan 2020 • Friends
The information is incredible. Note: the price is the same whether you walk trough on your own or you take the guided tour. Tour is supposed to take 2 hours and you have to call ahead to schedule the guided tour. The ticket sales lady commented that the guide can be long-winded and to just leave the tour if we want. So if your tour guide starts the tour with telling you that his great grandpa came from Japan and worked on one of the plantations, expect to be there 3 hours. He has a history degree and loves to talk, but he easily goes off on a tangent and then gets political. He was talking about schools in the area, SAT scores, and praising Obama. You can’t convince me that’s on topic for the sugar plantations, but if you try to steer him back on track he acts like his tangent was on purpose and then says “you must not like history if you don’t want to hear what I have to say.” We reached a point I was SO tired of listening to him go on and on and on that we left the tour and walked through the rest of the tour on our own. It was very interesting though! Also, watch the movie “Running for Grace” and you’ll get a glimpse of Plantation life in the 1930s.
Written 3 January 2020
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Pamela w
Havre, MT65 contributions
Family trip to Hawaii
Dec 2019
We took a morning and visited the Hawaii Plantation Village, not knowing what we would find. We were very happy we visited. We were given a tour with our guide, Norm. He was very informative with the history of the plantation and the story of the immigration that took place. He had stories of the people who worked there and their families. He was enjoyable to be with and we have a better understanding of the history of Hawaii. We would highly recommend visiting this open air museum.
Written 26 December 2019
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