After Dark in the Park Video Archives - July 30 2013
The Laupāhoehoe Train Museum (www.thetrainmuseum.com) mission is to emphasize the history of railroads in Hawai'i and to preserve, promote, and protect the community interests of the Hilo-Hāmākua Coast. Many visitors - and residents – are surprised to learn that there were trains in Hawai'i. Hawai'i Consolidated Railway was the only standard gauge train in the islands. Learn the history of the railway, the impact of the 1946 tsunami, and the development of the train museum which started in 1995. Museum treasurer Doug Connors will discuss the history of the railroad on the island of Hawai'i, the sugar plantations, and the development of the Hāmākua Coast.
link to pdf poster (329KB)
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).