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“Excellent historical view of early immigrant life” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Plantation Village

Hawaii Plantation Village
94-695 Waipahu St, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797
808 677 0110
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Waipahu
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Museums
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Owner description: A sugar cane plantation village with 30 homes open to the public for viewing.
Ringoes, New Jersey
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“Excellent historical view of early immigrant life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Fran gave us an excellent tour of early sugar cane immigrant plantation homes and brought alive the lives and histories of seven early immigrant groups. Life, it appears, was similar to America's plantation south for these immigrants. Most interesting were how each ethnic group arranged their plantation owned homes and in particular the differences in the late 1800's/early 1900's kitchens and sleeping arrangements and plants different groups grew and used. We were so interested and asked so many questions we spent easily two hours at the village. I think a must see to get a feel for the history of Hawaii immigration.

Visited May 2013
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“Great concept, horrible tour.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Spent $13 per person to spend three hours finding out what trees are, basic functions of stoves and wanting to leave, yet was trapped - on a three hour tour - that could have taken one hour. The village looked really interesting, too bad the your went too long and we did not get to see all of it.

Visited May 2013
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“A Great Way to Learn More about the Local Culture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We recently hosted some family visiting from the mainland, with this being the first visit to Hawaii for one of them. Since they were coming from Waikiki, we were wondering what they might enjoy on this side of the island. They had already visited the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri and they were scheduled to visit the Stadium Swap Meet another day. Then, we thought of the Waipahu Plantation Village. I had visited the Plantation Village shortly after they opened, and it had been awhile, so I had forgotten what a wonderful place this was. I'm so glad I took this opportunity to go on the tour with our visiting family because it was fantastic. I wholeheartedly agree with another reviewer who called this place a "hidden gem." It's a great way to step back in time to understand what it was like during the plantation days, with a variety of cultures living in Hawaii. Our tour guide was Robert, and he was fantastic. He used to live in the area, so his knowledge of the place was not just informative but personal. The tour begins on the hour, and we caught the last tour of the day. Our family was the only group on the tour, so we had a great experience and were able to ask questions and interact with Robert. The Plantation Village has replicas of the types of homes each ethnic group would live in, and it's neat because you can actually go inside the home and see how the rooms might have been set up. I don't cook, but I enjoyed going into the kitchens and trying to imagine what it must have been like for the people getting up early to make the meals for the day. All in all, the experience is done extremely well, and I can't imagine a better way to get a feeling and appreciation of the plantation days than with this tour. In addition to visiting the homes, Robert also shared with us about the trees and plants growing in the area. That was very interesting, too. It was a complete tour, and it's something you can't find elsewhere. For a visitor or a resident of Hawaii, to me, it's a must-see. The price is also very reasonable. For us, as kama'aina, it was only $7. There are so many great places to see in Hawaii, and I think that the Waipahu Plantation Village very much belongs high-up on that list. It was not crowded, and that just adds to the experience. If you're looking to appreciate Hawaii's history and gain an understanding of Hawaii today, definitely make the drive to Waipahu. It's slightly off the beaten track, but easily accessible and a unique, not to be missed experience. It is a walking tour, so there are not many opportunities to sit. But, if you're okay with a bit of walking, you'll be just fine. I'm glad I had a chance to visit the Plantation Village and be reminded of what a neat place this is for learning and experiencing.

Visited April 2013
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Montrose, Colorado
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Used to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center and thought that was interesting. Now it's SO commercial and SO expensive. Saw this little Waipahu gem in a magazine and we were very thankful we did! Very reasonable admission price and we learned such interesting information from our amazing tour guide Ken. We spent several hours walking and learning and got much more detail than from anywhere else we've been. Ken was also wonderful about answering questions and was well versed in many cultures as other reviewers have mentioned. We loved that we got natural and cultural history, flora, fauna; a really great mix of information. Agreed that it's not really good for small kids.

Visited March 2013
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Annandale, VA
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“Very Interesting Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Our tour guide was very good and introduced a lot of personal information. Advertised as a 90 minute tour, he kept us interested for 2 hours. He took us through homes representing each of the ethnic groups--Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican. At the end of the tour you get a taste of the various fruits available. Tour could be long and boring for small children, but appropriate for middle school and older.

Visited March 2013
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