Did you know that amidst the luxury stores and dining at INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE there is a charming treehouse you can visit?
Above the center’s famous banyan tree sits a quaint treehouse that offers a hidden getaway covered in vines, leaves and branches. The TREEHOUSE is completely safe to go in, and was created during International Market Place’s 2016 remodeling as a place to display information about the original International Market Place’s history.
After checking out the tree house, grab a bite to eat at STRIPSTEAK Waikīkī by Michael Mina, Shorefyre or Goma Tei — or browse through the complex’s many boutiques. Anthropologie, Fabletics, Free People, Happy Wahine and Michael Kors are just a few of the stores at International Market Place. 101 things to do | o‘a h u 46
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The islands have a complex past many visitors don’t learn about on the beach. Arguably the most diverse state in the U.S., Hawai‘i has a LONG PLANTATION HISTORY that adds to the rich cultural character — and controversy — of the land.
Once Western missionaries arrived from the mainland to convert Native Hawaiians, they discovered the land’s potential to grow sugar. Soon after, outsiders began snatching up parcels to develop plantations, bringing in workers from other countries when native workers protested their exploitation.
Beginning in the late 1800s, immigrants arrived from China, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Portugal, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Most stayed on the islands and became part of Hawai‘i’s diverse ethnic culture. This mix of cultures is also the origin of Hawaiian pidgin dialect. HAWAI‘I’S PLANTATION VILLAGE is the only “living history village” in the state. This outdoor museum, comprised of a restored sugar plantation and botanical garden, showcases the lifestyles of immigrant laborers and their legacy. HAWAI‘I’S PLANTATION VILLAGE 808-677-0110