Hawaii Plantation Museum

Hawaii Plantation Museum, Papaikou: Hours, Address, Hawaii Plantation Museum Reviews: 5/5

Hawaii Plantation Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Hawaii Plantation Museum tells the story of the sugar industry on the Island of Hawaii,also known as the Big Island, from 1820 until 1996. The museum highlights how the sugar industry brought many immigrants to work for the sugar industry and transformed business and gave rise to Hawaii's multi-cultural heritage. Visit us today, and learn about this remarkable history. Located in the historic plantation town of Papaikou on the Hamakua Coast few miles outside the town of Hilo. Just past the 6 mile marker on the Mamalahoa Highway turn left ...At the stop sign turn right the and park in front of the gray building with the plantation mural.
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George111582
Ventura, CA94 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a great private owned museum with alot of one of a kind items. Lots of antiques and collectibles from the island. If you have an hour or 2 definitely make this a part of your big island experience.
Written February 24, 2020
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clc63
Vancouver, WA6 contributions
Jul 2019
A local South Point resident I sat next to on the flight to the Big Island told me about this place. It sounded interesting so we added it to our "must do" list. We were not disappointed. The curator, Wayne Subica, has compiled an incredible collection of artifacts chronicling the history of the sugar cane industry on the island - and so much more! The volunteers were very knowledgeable and welcoming and Wayne was there so we got to meet him as well! Our only regret was that we didn't have more time...we could have spent hours perusing the treasures housed in this delightful museum. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by...you'll see the island in a whole new light!
Written August 6, 2019
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Doc-Brain
Düsseldorf, Germany46 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
We met marvelous people. Two charming Japanese ladies who were descendants of the former japanese sugar cane laborers who were slaves in fact. They were able to tell us so many interesting things about the Hawaiian sugar Industrie which was corrupted totally. Mr. Wayne Subica who is owner and Kurator of this marvelous collection really wanted to photograph us as the visitors of the other side of the globe. Of course we told them about our home kind of producing sugar: by sugar turnips.
Written May 16, 2019
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Les S
Petaluma, CA84 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Recommended by our local B&B hosts my wife and I stopped in after our Botanical Garden visit. We enjoyed the museum very much, and in particular the personal tour by Rick. It was well worth our time, and would put it towards the top of the list of places to visit near Hilo if you have interest in history and culture.
Written April 22, 2019
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Richard M
1 contribution
Dec 2018 • Couples
I cannot recommend this place enough, from the amazing collection or relics to the incredibly knowledgeable staff, even for someone who lives in the Islands, this is a place to visit for sure!
Written April 2, 2019
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Namaka Lee
2 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
I really loved this place. I normally don’t like history or any type of museum, but my grandma wanted to go. I actually enjoyed myself here. They have many amazing artifacts and a bunch of things to look at. The people are very nice and is very knowledgeable about everything in the museum. I would highly recommend this place to people going to Hilo and want to learn more of the area. There are things to do for all age groups. It is one of the more inexpensive places we went to and I will return.
Written March 22, 2019
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pnorthrop131
Cancun, Mexico11 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This collection is housed in the original plantation store and is loaded with many artifacts and local signage
The elderly gentleman that owns the collection was present and very willing and to share the history of the area. This is a must see for any history buff
Written November 4, 2018
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FunFamilyOnTheRoad
Oviedo, FL3 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Fantastic place to visit and see turn of the century pre-statehood Hawaiian history. Took my family there and met Wayne who was an incredibly kind and thoughtful guy with local knowledge helping me try to trace family back to the Papaikou area.

We spend a lot of time on pre-immigrant Hawaiian culture and history but this museum provides an important and seldom considered look at how immigrants had a hand in developing Hawaii and shaping a bit of modern Hawaiian culture. Don't miss the opportunity to stop there and see all of the great artifacts of Hawaiian lives!
Written August 15, 2018
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norman m
Pahoa, HI1,193 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
For something different .....go to this wonderful little museum packed with things associated with the Plantation days.......they give a nice tour with lots of information.....a part of local history you do not always have a chance to see........they give you a personal tour......and there is a great antique shop next door too
Written July 25, 2018
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deanullyses
London, UK1 contribution
Jun 2018
Friendly and informative staff. A great place to learn about the history of the sugar industry in Hawaii. This place is not to be missed!
Written June 9, 2018
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


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