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Sunday In Hawaii: Hawaiian Plantation Village

June 4th, 2017

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.

Chinese Society Building 1909

Barbershop. Women were the barbers here to pick up extra money.

Wakamiya Inari Shrine 1914

Infirmary 1915

Camp Office 1930’s

Plantation Store 1900 & Saimin Stand 1940

Korean House and garden.

Okinawan House interior. Okinawans regard themselves as victims of Japanese invasion. This Obon was traditional Okinawan.

Puerto Rican kitchen. Puerto Ricans were sent to Hawaii after Hurricane San Ciriaco destroyed their sugar cane fields in 1899..

Portuguese home sewing machine 1918

Elaborate prayer shrine depicting life in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell.

Chinese wood stove to burn paper money or objects to send to the dead. Still practiced today.

Chinese Society Building entrance 1909

Chinese Kitchen 1909

Chinese Kitchen 1909

Female Korean Totem Pole

Calabash Tree gourd used to make maracas

Portuguese bread oven

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.


One Coment

  • Dad says on: June 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm


    Other than the earlier Hawaii migrants to the islands who had slaves, was there ever a slave element in Hawaii since 1800? You had a really interesting tour.

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