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“Preserving the History of Life on the Sugar Plantation”

Hawaii Plantation Village
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Waipahu
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Owner description: A sugar cane plantation village with 30 homes open to the public for viewing.
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Really enjoyed our Docent who lead our tour. Restored and preserved buildings and housing of the various immigrant workers...many donated with such interesting stories... Our tour had just 4 people, so we were able to enjoy a leisurely narration and personal sharing from our tour guide, a wonderful volunteer with great stories and personal insights. All of us enjoyed the tour and gained much appreciation for the various peoples of Hawaii and the contribution each group of workers brought to the present day Hawaii. There is a small museum but very rich in information.

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

This village is a re-creation of a historic sugar cane plantation with houses that show the differences of the cultures of several different nationalities of workers. It is accessible via guided tour. Our guide was quite knowledgeable but a little difficult to understand with a heavy accent. But he was friendly and patient with the good sized group that toured with us. We particularly enjoyed the general store with it's antique products. Each house is furnished with the type of sleeping quarters and cooking styles of the diverse peoples who occupied them. A couple of the buildings are undergoing restoration. There is a very small two-room museum at the visitor center and we found their displays extremely interesting also. They have a large staff of volunteers who look after the property very well. There was a modest entrance fee that covered everything.

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Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

Found about a paragraph on this place in the Oahu revealed guidebook. They raved about it. So we went over for the 12 noon tour, one that was supposed to be 90 minutes. Ended up spending three hours there. Kenneth, our guide, was the fountain of knowledge on the history of Hawaii and also the history of the world. Great insight into the plantation culture and history of Hawaii and all the ethnicities and different groups that came.Going to go back tomorrow for the Korean new year celebration. Don’t miss it if you’re a history buff.

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Reviewed December 2, 2017

A great tour of the history of the ethnic make up of workers who arrived from 1850-1946. The discord between the different ethnic groups in each culture was amazing. The use of pigeon to communicate when ever they had free time helped to keep the owners at bay, They all belonged to the firm and were paid at different rates by nationality. The guide was excellent and explained how the workers developed their homes and how the houses changed during the 100 years. A great tour with so much information.

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

Hawaii’s Plantation Village is a very special place replicating the unique time of the pre-state era where many imported laborers contributed greatly to the once almighty sugar cane industry. You’ll experience going to a site with the humble homes and structures of the many different ethnic groups – Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese and Puerto Rican. Visit this living museum and learn of each ethnic group’s many cultural contributions. A simple and proud venue!

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