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Laupahoehoe Train Museum profile

By | May 25, 2023

This museum is located along the narrow-gauge Hilo Railroad.

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The Laupahoehoe Train Museum is located on the Big Island along the Hamakua Heritage Coast north of Hilo on the right-of-way of the narrow-gauge Hilo Railroad, which operated from 1899 until 1946 when it was irreparably damaged by a tsunami. The museum’s educational mission 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.


The museum is based out of the old station agent’s house, which is furnished as it would have been in the early 1900s while displaying artifacts and photos.

When to go

Normal hours are on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while weekends are open by appointment only. Hours can sometimes change based on volunteer availability with the museum closed on all major holidays. Visit their website for more information and to contact the museums regarding tours and private appointments.

Good to know

The museum’s ‘wye’ track is home to a narrow-gauged diesel switcher and boxcar, in addition to a replica caboose in standard gauge. The switcher is operational and will provide operational demonstrations on the stretch of track. However, no train rides are offered.

Worth doing

The standard-gauge caboose is a replica of the type which were used on the Hilo Railroad. It’s now open for the public to climb aboard and explore.

Don’t miss

Across the road is the beautiful Hamakua Heritage Coast and the only service station located along the coast.

Getting there

The Laupahoehoe Train Museum is located along Highway 19 near mile marker 25. Follow the brown Hilo-Hamakua Heritage Corridor signs along the roadway and look for both the railroad crossing signs and the red caboose.

Location: 6-2377 Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe, HI
Phone: 808-962-6300
Website: thetrainmuseum.com

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