Journey back in time in Waipahu at Hawaii’s Plantation Village. This outdoor museum has more than 25 buildings fitted with typical furnishings of multicultural plantation homes from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Okinawan, Korean and Filipino workers labored over the years when “sugar was king” in O’ahu and Hawaii. Residents lived simply and self-sufficiently. Explore areas occupied by the doctor, dentist, barber, general store, communal bath and seamstresses.
Note the variety of local trees and fruits including taro, plumeria, pigeon peas, sugar cane and bilimbi. Sample and purchase products at the end of the 1.5-hour guided tour, available Mondays through Saturdays. Be prepared for heat, insects, possible wet pathways and lots of standing. Take an early morning tour for best conditions. On October weekends, enjoy the special haunted plantation tour, rated one of the top Halloween hauntings in the U.S.
Visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Aiea on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays to browse 400 shops of local merchants. Buy as many souvenirs as you want and mail them home from the on-site post office. At other times, the stadium is home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team, the NFL Pro Bowl, concerts, car shows and soccer matches.
Some couples will enjoy spending part of their day in Waipahu apart but close together. Shop at Waikele Premium Outlets, which is open Monday through Saturday, with offerings from more than 50 big-name manufacturers. Watch your partner play golf just across the street at Waikele Country Club, a popular public course. Then reunite to share stories of the day’s activities while dining at the country club restaurant for a Pacific-Asian meal and island cocktails.
Located just north of Pearl Harbor, Waipahu is a short drive to access the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument memorializing the tragic 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Staying in Waipahu allows visitors the convenience of being close to Honolulu and Waikiki and the comfort of a more laid-back atmosphere.
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Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.
Learn about one of the most tragic days in America’s history, and pay your respects to the sailors who lost their lives, at this Pearl Harbor memorial.
Explore this huge vessel and learn about the Battle of Pearl Harbor on the spot where World War II ended.
Head to the top of one of Hawai’i’s most iconic buildings for remarkable bird’s-eye views of Honolulu on one side and the ocean on the other.
With just-right waves and refreshing breezes, this is one of the best beaches on O’ahu to learn how to windsurf or kitesurf.
What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.
On this USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor tour, immerse yourself in the history of the attack which launched the United States into World War II. Experience the sobering memorial to the sunken USS Arizona, and learn fascinating details about the attack from your guide and the comprehensive museum.
Explore Oahu on a full-day island tour, including historic Pearl Harbor, pineapples at the Dole Plantation, and gorgeous sandy beaches. Convenient hotel pickup, expert navigation from your guide, and a delicious lunch on the North Shore makes for a memorable Hawaiian adventure.
Enjoy the best Oahu has to offer and make the most of your time with this day tour that offers the best of Pearl Harbor and the Circle Island. Experience the moving Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial, two of the most popular things to do in Hawaii.
Visit the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri memorials as well as Honolulu's most significant sites on this excursion that offers an engaging look at Pearl Harbor's past. Listen to expert commentary about the “day that will live in infamy” along the way and enjoy a tasty lunch midway through the day.
Take a stress-free tour to the historic naval base at Pearl Harbor. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and tour the city of Honolulu for a fun and informative journey to these pieces of American history.
During this all-inclusive Pearl Harbor tour, a professional guide leads you through the harbor’s most important memorials. Enjoy this fascinating and moving look at history from the comfort of a luxury minibus.
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