Hawaii Plantation Museum
The sugar industry on the Big Island of Hawaii is the story that is preserved in the Hawaii Plantation Museum. The museum highlights the sector from 1820 until 1996 and how many immigrants worked for the industry and transformed business which gave rise to Hawaii's multi-cultural heritage. Volunteers run this non-profit museum and they take the time to personally educate you about the museum artifacts. It is an exciting process of learning about how sugar cane was harvested and processed at the plant. There is an entry fee for the museum, but the cost is less for seniors and kids and the prices are worth it to know about the great history of Hawaii! The Hawaii Plantation Museum is located in the historic plantation town of Papaikou on the Hamakua Coast just a few miles outside the city of Hilo and past the 6-mile marker on the Mamalahoa Highway. Park in front of the gray building with the plantation mural.