I've lived in Hawaii for 6 years now (Mililani) and have been many places in the military. Gotta say when I have to leave here the Haunted Plantation will definitely be something I will miss. I've gone every Halloween since I found it 4 years ago, and I've made a point to take as many friends as possible every year after the first time.
The long lines full of locals willing to wait sometimes over an hour to get into this thing should be testament enough to its greatness, but just in case that doesn't convince you - it's worth the wait (and that extra few bucks for a fast pass... yeah, it's annoying to pay more, but the lines... I always cave and get one). It's like 10 haunted houses in one cuz the plantation village is made of MANY houses, and you are led through several of them, all creepy as all get out! Then just when you think you're done, they chase you with chain saws. (I'm not spoiling anything, you can hear them roaring while you wait in line... you can hear the screaming too, and it's the customers - the actors moan and yell and shout, but it's the customers who scream.)
This is more traditional style haunted house, meaning they try to make it look HAUNTED, not like a slaughter or torture house. Full of ghosts and zombies and darkness and strobes and eerie mists and lots of great pop-out factor coupled with a little of "somebody's been following us for the past 3 houses now". These actors go all out too - not just with great costumes and make up (some of them even use contacts) but the more you scream the more they love messing with you.
They are good at finding great hiding places with low visibility to pop out or slowly, creepily emerge from, and regularly crawling up on the rooves of the houses to hang down and grab at you. They are good at being quiet to sneak up on you so you don't see til they're in your face. Last year I even saw an actor straddle-crawl up the wall so she had one hand and one foot on either side of a narrow hallway so she would be OVER the people behind us. Who would look *up* inside a one-story house? They are the best! It even scares the exchange students from Japan and Korea who are used to obake-style Asian ghosts and they thought it would be lame! So much screaming and holding to each other's arms for dear life, it was great! :D
Did I mention that unlike many haunted houses where you pay $30 and it lasts like 6-8 minutes, it takes a good 15 minutes to get through this thing? Up to 20 minutes if you get stuck behind people going slow because they're whimpering for dear life (happens sometimes). Loads of fun!
Oh WHP, I will miss you when I have to move next year!