Activity Finds: West Oahu

1) Hawaii's Plantation Village

Journey back to the island's plantation past with a trip to Hawai‘i's Plantation Village, a historical museum and garden in West O‘ahu featuring restored buildings and replicas of original plantation edifices.

Ideal for families and history buffs, Hawai‘i's Plantation Village in Waipahu invites visitors to experience Hawai‘i's melting pot of ethnicities. It includes a collection of community buildings, a plantation store, infirmary, community bathhouse and homes of the island's countless cultures. The guided tour takes guests through the early 1900s with visits to more than 25 plantation buildings that serve as living museums to personal artifacts, furniture and art from the people - Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Korean and Filipino - who worked on Hawai‘i plantations during this period.

Before packing up to head back to town stop by the Hawai‘i's Plantation Village gift shop to check out their collection of unique homemade crafts, ethnic music, local cookbooks and trinkets -- the perfect small omiyage (gift) for your friends back home.


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2) Ko'olina Golf Course

Built in 1990 by celebrated golf course architect Ted Robinson, this 18-hole course at Ko'olina Resort has been recognized as one of Golf Digest's "Top 75 Resort Courses in the United States." Golfers of all ability levels will have a ball at this beautifully designed green featuring multiple tiers, large landing areas, and calm water features. After a round (or two) meet your family or better half for a meal in the clubhouse which is home to local chef Roy Yamaguchi's iconic Roy's Restaurant.

While the Ko'olina Golf Course has hosted both senior PGA tour and LPGA tour events it is most well known for its challenging trade winds, which can really blow a game. But no matter your score, you won't want to miss hole eight, which sets itself a part with a cascading rock garden waterfall beside a multi-tiered green.

Rolling onto the golf course for the first time in a long time? Ko'olina Golf Course offers lessons and daily clinics, which will have you swinging with top PGA professionals on staff. And for families with young children, get them onto the course and into the game early. After 3 p.m. kids golf for free with complimentary rental clubs!


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3) Ko'olina Lagoons

The west side is the best side for a day sunning and swimming. A roughly 45-minute drive from Waikiki at the Ko'olina Resort, the Ko'olina Lagoons offer a peaceful and picturesque bay to swim and play.

Visitors will lap up the Ko'olina Lagoons' secluded location, quiet, crystal clear waters and well-maintained and manicured facilities. Pick from one of four lagoons on property - each which boast their own features. Lagoons one and two are closest to the hotel and offer paddle boarding and kayaking, while lagoon three tends to be less crowded.

Traffic can add time onto your commute so we recommend heading out early and packing a picnic and cooler of beverages to make a day trip out of it. Forgot to pack a snack? No problem - there are lots of dining options on property including Monkeypod Kitchen, Roy's Restaurants and a few deli and coffee shops. 



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