One last step back in time to when “sugar was King” and experience the real Hawaii. Hawaii’s Plantation Village is the perfect location for all ages to explore a living history museum and botanical garden. My visit opened a door to a time of true hospitality and cultural sharing that sprung from Hawaii’s plantation life. http://www.hawaiiplantationvillage.org/
What am I talking about? Hawaii’s Plantation Village, of course. It’s an outdoor museum telling the story of life on Hawaii’s sugar plantations (circa 1850-1950). The Village includes 25 authentic restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures, including houses of various ethnic groups featuring personal artifacts, clothing, furniture and art placed in their original settings. Also, community buildings such as the plantation store, infirmary, bathhouse and manager’s office. The village tells the story of Hawaii’s many: including Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese and Puerto Rican.
This weekend marked the Obon Festival at the Hawaiian Plantation Village. Brought by the Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, the Obon honors the ancestors that have passed on with dances and festivals held across the island throughout the summer. What I’ve appreciated about Obon celebrations I’ve participated in is that it doesn’t matter whether you have “two left feet.” The important thing is to leave your ego behind and simply express your joy and gratitude for life through the dance.
Dance like every day is a bonus.