A Little Bit of HistorySee all 101 Things To Do on Kaua‘i!

Ride the Sugar Train

This land tour draws its inspiration from Kaua‘i’s colorful sugar era, when trains moved produce and all shared the fruits of the orchard. A ride on a refurbished plantation train delivers passengers to a lovely rainforest walk, followed by a picnic lunch and a romp through the orchard. The KAUA‘I PLANTATION RAILWAY is an authentic… Continue »

Snorkel at an Ancient Fishing Village

SNORKELING the reef off Nu‘alolo Kai, located along the NAPALI COAST, is a magical experience. The fringing reef extends 600 feet from the valley and teems with colorful fish and sea creatures. NU‘ALOLO is an ancient and wildly beautiful valley once occupied by early Hawaiian settlers who established a fishing village and lived there in… Continue »

Explore Waimea Town

Life on Kaua‘i is heavily influenced by its lack of anything close to a city. Its small towns—really more like neighborhoods—are slow-paced, interconnected and unassuming. WAIMEA is all that and more, with the community’s dedication to its rich heritage even noted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Located just far enough from major visitor… Continue »

Visit Russian Ruins

Kaua‘i’s history took a peculiar turn in the early 19th century when Russian arms, construction materials and ships were sent to the island with the intention of helping Kaua‘i’s reigning monarch, King Kaumuali‘i, gain control of the Hawaiian Islands. But in January 1815, a vessel belonging to the Russian-American Company was shipwrecked on reefs offshore… Continue »

Step Back in Time in Hanapepe

Upon first entering the main drag of the South Shore town of HANAPEPE, you might think you’ve STEPPED BACK IN TIME. Historic buildings line the streets; most first built more than a century ago when the first Asian immigrant entrepreneurs developed the area; in fact, if these charming plantation-style buildings look familiar, it’s probably because… Continue »

See Salt in Ponds

SALT POND BEACH PARK is named for the traditional HAWAIIAN SEA SALT produced in flats near the beach. For generations, Hawaiian families have evaporated seawater in saltpans dug out of red soil to produce natural sea salt. The salt is bagged and used for cooking, as well as Hawaiian medicinal practices. It’s also sold at… Continue »

Dig Through a Museum

The island’s native Hawaiian roots are well-established in the art and artifacts displayed at the KAUA‘I MUSEUM in Lihu‘e. Hawaiian artifacts such as poi pounders, calabashes and kapa tell the story of Hawai‘i from ancient times to early sugar plantation life. The museum also covers everything from the missionary era to WWII memorabilia. “THE STORY… Continue »

Walk Kapa‘a Town’s History

The heart of KAPA‘A is a collection of restaurants, retail stores and galleries clustered along the main drag, just past the strip malls and supermarkets of a more-contemporary era. Here, Kapa‘a’s history can be glimpsed in the aging structures that have survived change and time. Painted in playful pastel tints, the architecture and ambiance of… Continue »

Hang in Koloa

KOLOA, the site of Hawai‘i’s first successful sugar plantation dating back to 1835, is now a popular stop for visitors who frequent the resorts and beaches of PO‘IPU. Visitors headed to Koloa or Po‘ipu on Highway 520 first drive through a mile-long arch of beautiful, shaded greenery called THE TREE TUNNEL, which is a line… Continue »

Make a Spiritual Pilgrimage

The LAWA‘I INTERNATIONAL CENTER is a cultural treasure located in a valley long noted for its spiritual essence. The 32 acres in LAWA‘I VALLEY (recognized as a HEALING SANCTUARY) have been home to a Hawaiian heiau (temple), Taoist temple, Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple. In 1904, following full days of back-breaking plantation work, first-generation Japanese… Continue »