North Hawaii Education and Research Center’s Heritage Center just opened an exhibit called “Historic Honoka”a” that is worth stopping for. I was lucky enough to be visiting during their opening night, and not only got to learn wonderful history of the Hamakua Coast, but got to meet the friendly locals that love their heritage and apparently hang out there a lot. The exhibit features Sugar Plantation history, artifacts from the different Ethnic groups that have come together here, ancient history of this area (Waipio and Mauna Kea), very fun town artifacts. They have even built a living room of an old plantation home, right in the museum. This little gem won’t take more than an hour, so plan it in to your visit to Waipio Valley, or when you are just passing by on the highway above Honokaʻa. You will get the warmest welcome and an invite to come back to look through even more archives. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.
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