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Waipahu, HI

Travel Guide

This city on O’ahu’s southern side is rich in history, featuring a preserved sugar cane plantation and closeness to the sites of the Pearl Harbor bombing.

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.

Where to stay in Waipahu

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,091 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Ala Moana, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,341 reviews)
"Awesome place"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
The Best Value for Your Vacation! Pool and Bbq!
The Best Value for Your Vacation! Pool and Bbq!
Waipahu, HI
This family-friendly Waipahu vacation home is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Royal Kunia Country Club, West Loch Golf Course and Hawaii's Plantation ...
The Best Value for Your Vacation! Pool and Bbq!
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥27,320 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,212 reviews)
"Five star"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,223 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Waikiki, this beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center ...
3.8/5Good! (2,168 reviews)
"The staff were extremely friendly, professional and helpful"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Aston Waikiki Sunset
The Best Value for Your Vacation! Pool and Bbq!
The Best Value for Your Vacation! Pool and Bbq!
Waipahu, HI
This family-friendly Waipahu vacation home is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Royal Kunia Country Club, West Loch Golf Course and Hawaii's Plantation ...
The Best Value for Your Vacation! Pool and Bbq!
Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
4 out of 5
92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, HI
The price is ¥48,049 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Offering direct access to the beach, this Kapolei aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ko Olina Marina and Paradise Cove Beach. Ko Olina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (758 reviews)
"Beautiful setting, villas are lovely, well equipped, all you need for an unforgettable family vacation. Service is marvelous, housekeeping very attentive to needs. Highly recommend this resort for families."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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