Activity Finds: West Oahu

Hawaii's Plantation Village

Journey back to the island's plantation past with a trip to Hawai‘i's Plantation Village, a historical museum and garden in West O‘ahu featuring restored buildings and replicas of original plantation edifices.

Ideal for families and history buffs, Hawai‘i's Plantation Village in Waipahu invites visitors to experience Hawai‘i's melting pot of ethnicities. It includes a collection of community buildings, a plantation store, infirmary, community bathhouse and homes of the island's countless cultures. The guided tour takes guests through the early 1900s with visits to more than 25 plantation buildings that serve as living museums to personal artifacts, furniture and art from the people - Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Korean and Filipino - who worked on Hawai‘i plantations during this period.

Before packing up to head back to town stop by the Hawai‘i's Plantation Village gift shop to check out their collection of unique homemade crafts, ethnic music, local cookbooks and trinkets -- the perfect small omiyage (gift) for your friends back home.

 

Know Before You Go

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Oahu's West side is known for being hot and dry, making it important to stay hydrated and lather on the sunscreen. 

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You'll melt over their selection of ethnic gifts - the Hawai'i Plantation Village gift shop has something for everyone!

“My wife and I went to see the plantation village on our last visit to Hawaii. It was really interesting to learn about how culturally diverse Hawaii is and how it became that way.”
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