As the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai history is a rich one waiting to be discovered. Kauai retains much of its charm and small town feel from the plantation days of old. Delve into the rich Hawaiian culture and learn more about how the island was discovered and what life was like long ago on the Garden Isle.
Book the Na Waiwai Tour
This excursion with Holo Holo Charters and the National Botanical Garden will take you on a Kauai history journey where you will experience the importance of the land and sea to ancient Hawaiian people. Through hiking, native plant observation, a garden walk featuring plants brought over by Micronesians who first discovered Kauai, and a visit to a traditional Hawaiian home, your informative guide will give you hands-on experiences to explain the sustainable systems of the ancient Hawaiians. Beautiful scenery, a sunset boat ride, and waterfalls along the way will make this a memorable, picturesque, and educational experience. Book your tour here.
Experience Life in an Authentic Hawaiian Village
Located along the nostalgic Wailua River, a visit to the Kamokila Hawaiian Village is a step back in time. See what life was like inside a thatched hale (home) and wander through this small village. Tucked away from the main road and tourist attractions, Kamokila’s grounds are lush, green, and serene. This is a great place to rent a canoe and paddle to the beautiful Secret Falls and Fern Grotto, accessible only by boat. Visit Kamokila in the east coast town of Wailua at 5443 Kuamo’o Rd or contact them with questions at (808) 823-0559 or [email protected]
Visit the Kauai Museum
Step back in time to when the island was first discovered and to the days where Kauai was ruled by kings. Browse displays on early Hawaiian history and culture, surfing, plantation life, and the early monarchy. Artifacts such as canoes, jewelry, furniture, instruments, photographs, paintings, and newspaper articles are essential visual aids in the storytelling of this island’s history. Enjoy special events such as videos, storytelling, Hawaiian throw net making demonstrations, live music, haku lei making, and coconut weaving. Visit the museum in Lihue at 4428 Rice Street and enjoy a self-guided or docent-led tour. Browse the calendar on the museum’s website for tour times and special events. The Kauai Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Call (808) 245-6931 for more information.