Guide to the amazing museums of Kauai, Hawaii.
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A trip to Kauai shouldn't be all beaches and shave ice. Why not take a little time to learn about the Hawaiian culture, explore Kauai's sugary past, and see what life was like many years ago. Here's our top Kauai, Hawaii museum picks.
What better place to start a guide on Kauai's Museums with the actual Kauai Museum! Those who are looking to learn more about the history of Kauai and Ni'ihau should definitely start their journey here. They offer a variety of exhibits, publications, and educational programs. More at: Kauai Museum
Grove Farm provides an authentic look at Kauai's sugar cane heritage. George Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers, acquired the one hundred acre Grove Farm back in 1864 and today it's well preserved and maintained. More at: Grove Farm Homestead & Sugar Plantation Museum
The Kokee Natural History Museum is located in Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park and should be your first stop in the park. The knowledgeable people who work here will help you plan your hikes and give you advice on what to see and do here. More at: Kokee Natural History Museum - Hui o Laka
Waioli Mission House And Church was built in 1837 and the home to Abner and Lucy Wilcox who were Christian missionaries. The home is a Hanalei landmark that was restored in 1921 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More at: Waioli Mission House And Church
The Kilauea Lighthouse is located in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge area on Kauai's north shore. The refuge opened in 1985 with the idea of educating the public on the various seabirds that live here, the native plants, and on the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse itself. This is a great place to learn, explore, and take some amazing photographs. More at: Kilauea Lighthouse / Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
The Heritage Trail isn't a single physical place but a trail that you can follow (by foot, bike, or car) with 14 historical stops along the way. Each stop will show Koloa's most important historical, geological, and cultural sites along with a descriptive plaques that explain that spot’s significance. Even the keiki (kids) can enjoy this one if you make it into a treasure hunt style outing. More at: Koloa Heritage Trail
The Koloa History Center is located at the Historic Old Koloa Town and is in the town where Kauai's sugar business began. This (very) small museum celebrates that history with various photos and artifacts that tell the story of life in Koloa in the plantation era. More at: Koloa History Center
The Kauai Historical Society is located in Lihue, in the Historic County Building, and was established in 1914 with a mission to actively collect, preserve, and disseminate the oral, written, and pictorial history of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau for the benefit of the public. They offer a huge collection of historical items that includes over 12,000 photographs, over 4,000 books, over 3,000 maps, as well as various articles, newspapers, and plantation records. More at: Kauai Historical Society
This is the proud home of the Kauai Veterans Museum and the Office of Veterans Services. It's a gathering place for the Kauai military community and veteran organizations. Visitors are welcome. More at: Kauai Veteran's Center
This is a small, single room, museum following the life of the Faye family and Kauai's sugary history. The Faye Family Museum can be found at the Waimea Plantation Cottages and is named after Hans Peter Faye. The museum contains various photographs and exhibits that follow the life of of Faye and the sugar industry he helped create. More at: Faye Family Museum
This small museum houses a permanent display of "Keepers of the Culture" which is a collection of historic photographs and exhibits that are intended to encourage dialogue and cultivate an interest in learning more about Kauai's history. The staff here are available to answer any questions you have on Kauai's history and culture as well as general information such as directions or recommendations on things to do and see. More at: West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center
The Mahamoku Beach House was originally built in 1914 by Mabel Wilcox and today is a museum run by The Waioli Corporation. The word Mahamoku means "Island of Peace" and it's easy to see how that would have been true when this place was built. The home is located in Hanalei, right at Wai'oli Beach Park (Pine Trees), and is the last surviving twentieth century intact beach house along Hanalei Bay. More at: Mahamoku Beach House Museum
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