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“Educational experience of sugar plantation living”

Hawaii Plantation Village
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Waipahu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A sugar cane plantation village with 30 homes open to the public for viewing.
Reviewed April 18, 2018

This 70 to 90 minute tour takes you through tine timeline of different ethnic groups and their structures as they arrived to work on a sugar plantation. The tour is the story of the different people and their individual cultures who adapted to the sugar plantation community camp. The structures represent the 7 varied major ethnic groups that came to work in the sugar plantation from 1823 to 1910. In addition, you tour buildings common to plantations, such as the camp store , infirmary, & camp office.
If possible, try to get tour guide Norm who grew up in Waipahu. Norm was wonderful to hear “talk story “ as the actual experiences and stories from his past brought a reality to our afternoon that was truly amazing .
Be sure to wear good walking shoes, wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
The village office has umbrellas to protect against the hot sun and rain.

1  Thank William J
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

As someone who grew up in Hawaii with connections to plantation life, this was such a great experience! I recognized a lot of the styles, materials, houses, furniture, utensils, clothing, etc. With the end of the plantation era here, this museum will become more and more special and important to the descendants of plantation workers. What a gift this place is. I learned so much on my visit, thank you!

Thank Stacey M
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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.

Thank RatingsfromMe
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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.

Thank Verbelly
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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.

Thank ddeckerdds
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