• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

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?

Lei made of `a`ali`i and native ferns.

`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.