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Kauai Museum

On your Kauai vacation there is no doubt that you will be soaking up the sand and sun on exquisite beaches, feasting on kalua pork and trying hula dancing at a luau, and participating in the many water sports that this island has to offer. However, you cannot appreciate the true beauty of this island without also understanding its rich cultural history.

The last to become a state in 1959, Hawaii retains a strong cultural presence to this day. See the history behind the culture as you take a walk into the past. Imagine yourself sailing with the first settlers to the Hawaiian Islands around 500 A.D., navigating your way with nothing but the stars and the trade winds. Stroll among the paintings that line the walls, imagining yourself among the former Hawaiian Monarchy. Discover the story behind Kauai’s plantation charm as you learn more about the sugar cane industry that was the main source of Hawaii’s developing economy. Visitors to the Kauai Museum will enjoy admiring pieces by artists from Kauai and Ni’ihau.


For those who prefer to be active participants, the Kauai Museum in Lihue HI has a full calendar of activities catering to a variety of interests. Learn how to make the fragrant lei’s you’ve seen being worn, try out your dancing skills with a hula class, enjoy concerts by local musicians, and delve deeper into the historical and cultural world with book talks and storytelling.

Admission to the Kauai Museum

The entrance fee is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students ages 8-17. Children under 7 and active military are free. With each purchased ticket, you receive a 7-day return pass.

Location and Hours

The Kauai Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00-4:00. It is located near the airport, shops, and restaurants at 4428 Rice Street, Lihu`e.

Gift Shop

Stop in the gift shop to purchase locally made women’s dresses, men’s shirts, and lava lava’s (rectangular cloths worn as skirts).

Contact Us

Staying at one of our east shore rentals such as Banyan Harbor, Islander on the Beach, Kaha Lani, Kauai Beach Resort, Lae Nani, or Pono Kai will put you in perfect proximity for exploring the Kauai Museum in Lihue HI. Need ideas for more must-visit places on your trip to Kauai? Browse our listings or contact us at 866-922-5642 to make your booking and to get started with planning your ideal Kauai getaway!

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