These 10 Old Plantation Towns In Hawaii Will Transport You To The Past

Long before Hawaii became an American state, and tourism became the islands’ main industry, pineapple, sugar and coffee production were king. In the mid-1800s, plantations and sugar mills began popping up all over Hawaii, and lead to the settlement of some of the state’s oldest towns.

Sugar production has played a major role in the history of the Hawaiian Islands, but now, after 180 years as one of the state’s major industries, there will be no more sugar production in Hawaii after 2016. So, today, we are honoring our vibrant plantation history with a list of 10 influential plantation towns that will take you back to a time where life was simpler.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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