ʻEwa’s Hawaiian Railway Society Raising Money For A New Museum Building

The Hawaiian Railway Society is dedicated to the stars of an era — roughly 1880-1930 — when the train was the key link between Honolulu and ʻEwa.

Their collection began with WACo 6, the only locomotive built in Hawaiʻi — and which will be celebrating a 100th birthday party Sept. 14-16. The collection has expanded to include treasures like Alexander Baldwin’s private parlor car.

But the society’s collection includes more than vehicles. Over the years people have donated unique train memorabilia — like the private safe of the Oʻahu Railway & Land Company pictured below.

oahu railway safe

The society wants to be able to show these pieces to the public, rather than having them locked away in an old train car like they are now. So, they’re raising money for a new building.

The new structure is expected to cost $200,000, according to Steven Vendt, Hawaiian Railway Operations Manager. Some of the money will come from the city. Some will come from a matching grant — and this is where the community comes in.

If the society can raise a certain amount of money, a nonprofit will match it.

The society launched the donation drive with a video message from Matt Musgrave, a board member and volunteer for the society.

If you’d like to donate, you can do so with cash or check at the ticket office, or via mail to:

Hawaiian Railway Society
P.O. Box 60369 Ewa Station
Ewa, HI 96706