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A Visit to Hawai‘i Plantation Village

November 16th, 2021 Culture
A Visit to Hawai‘i Plantation Village

Although we strive to provide the most current information, the Hawai‘i Plantation Village may close at any time or operate with limited entry, timed ticketing, or reduced hours. We recommend checking their website for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting. According to the “Safe Access O‘ahu” program, all patrons must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter museums, art galleries, and other similar establishments.

Hawai‘i Plantation Village has borne witness to one of the most significant periods in the state’s history. Hawai‘i's many cultures, including Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican, once harvested sugarcane in the fields of historic Waipahu town. Today, the plantation is an important site that has been carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance.

Explore the living history museum and botanical garden to learn about life on Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations (circa 1850-1950). The grounds include more than 25 authentically restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures, including houses of various ethnic groups and community buildings such as the plantation store, infirmary, bathhouse, and manager’s office. History buffs will love the personal artifacts, clothing, furniture, and art from the early 1900s.

After exploring the structures, be sure to check out the rest of the grounds to see plant species brought by immigrants from China, Portugal, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, Okinawa, Polynesia, and the Philippines. Many of the plants and trees provide delicious fruit samples during a tour!

Hawai‘i Plantation Village is located in the Waipahu Cultural Garden Park at 94-695 Waipahu St. (a 30 minute drive west of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel) and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with guided tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call ahead to book a tour.

Love exploring the natural and historic side of O‘ahu? With the right information, you can ensure that you’re experiencing the island in the best (and safest) way possible. Go Hawai‘i has created a series of videos to help you do just that. We recommend starting with their brief Land Safety Tips, where local land safety experts and nature conservationists share their tips on weather preparedness, land access, and trail protocol so that you stay safe and mindful while minimizing your impact.

Visit the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel Blog to find information on more of our favorite cultural experiences on O‘ahu. Stay longer and enjoy extended discounts with our Escape to Hawai‘i offer and save up to 30% off our standard rates. Read more about the exclusive offers only available on our website and start booking your travel plans with us in Waikiki.

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