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Best Local History & Culture in Kauai

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Waioli Mission District

A complex of enduring structures, Waioli Mission District offers a glimpse at Hanalei's history and heritage. Along with the Mission House itself, it features the rebuilt Waioli Hui‘ia Church and Mission Hall. Dating from the 19th Century, the mission house today serves as a local history museum which provides an insight into the lives of the Wilcox Family. Though the house has been reconstructed, the décor, furnishings, and artifacts remain virtually the same. If you're someone who enjoys reliving the past, the minimal donation fee that you pay for the tour is well worth the experience that you get after spending some time here.

Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI, United States, 96714
Kauai Museum

There are two parts to this museum. Every aspect of the island's history, starting at its formation and winding up at present, is covered in the permanent exhibit in the Rice Building. Historic displays include ancient artifacts, scientific diagrams, and turn-of-the-century photographs. The Wilcox Building houses the Mezzanine Gallery, which features an ever-changing display of works by professional and amateur local artists, as well as other exhibits and the gift shop. The museum-sponsored events are geared toward the local community and tourists.

4428 Rice Street, Lihue, HI, United States, 96766
Grove Farm Museum

If you want to get an idea of what the island looked like when sugar cane was the main industry, visit this restored historic property. Its many exhibits and displays give hints of what life was like on the sugar plantations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tour the grounds, which at one point spanned 80 acres, or read up on literature. This is, understandably, a very popular destination for people on school field trips, cultural seminars and other educational excursions. Call in advance and reserve a time to tour the grounds.

4050 Nawiliwili Road, Lihue, HI, United States, 96766
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