Hawaii Plantation Museum

Museum in Pepe‘ekeo to Papaikou

This well-done museum highlights Hawaiʻi's sugar industry, which spanned the period from the mid-1880s to 1996. Museum curator Wayne Subica has single-handedly amassed this collection, which includes plantation tools, memorabilia from mom-and-pop shops, vintage photos and retro signage. Subica is also a prolific author, with 16 books highlighting Hawai‘i's past with carefully selected archival photos. His passion for history is contagious.

To get here from Hilo, turn left just past the 6-mile marker on the main highway; from Kona, turn right just past the 8-mile marker. Veer right and park in front of the colorful mural.