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Laupahoehoe Train Museum

36-2377 Mamalahoa Highway

The purpose of the Laupahoehoe Train Museum is to preserve, promote and protect the historic, cultural, educational, social, civic and economic, interests of the North Hilo and Hamakua districts, while highlighting the history of the railroads on the island of Hawaii.

About Us

The Laupahoehoe Train Museum and visitors' center opened on March 1, 1998, and celebrates the story of Hawai'i's railroads, as well as the rich history of the Hamakua Coast.


Kieran Lee

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Unfortunately the museum was closed when we went as it is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday but we were able to look at the external exhibits.

Keith Williams

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Fantastic little train museum situated in the old staionkeeper's cottage. Who knew the Big Island had a standard gauge railroad? I didn't but I learned a helluva lot about it in our short visit. They have a restored caboose and a narrow gauge engine outside which is nifty to see. Be forewarned that the Texan gentleman running the place is very friendly and will chat with you for a while. So add in extra time to have a great talk!

Steve Hancock

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Great little museum focusing on the rail system built to serve the bygone sugar cane industry.

Richard Thayer

Sunday, March 11, 2018
It was closed when we stopped. Took pictures, two gauges of rail together. Standard and narrow gauge.

Tim Owings

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Cute little stop. Watch the hours though they may not be open.

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