A gathering venue to learn more about the past of Kauai and nearby Niihau (small island in the east, part of county of Kauai)—that is what Kauai Museum is. The place is obviously and logically doing its best to commemorate culture and history of the island. There are so many things one can discover about the island’s indigenous ancestors and immigrants. Those are showcased in the museum.
Kauai Museum is situated in a structure comprised of lava rock within Lihue. It features amazing and breathtaking collections from Kauai and Niihau artisans. Visitors learn more about the interesting geological formation of Kauai and other Hawaiian islands. Also to be featured are exhibits about Captain Cook’s arrival in Waimea, the early Hawaiian life, and the emergence of the Hawaiian monarchy.
There are even galleries that showcase the masterpieces of multi-cultural artists, craftsmen, and sculptors who gained fame and popularity in the island. Now on its 51st year in operations, Kauai Museum is still up to offer more to visitors who come to learn and discover more about the past, present, and possible future of this paradise island.
Location and structure
Kauai Museum can be found right at the heart of Lihue. It is near Lihue Airport. Every day, there are various activities that are aimed to keep visitors engaged. Prices of admissions also vary to provide options regarding which types of galleries to behold and which particular areas to be toured. Two hours is the recommended time to ideally tour and enjoy the museum. There is even a gift shop in the compound for those who intend to buy souvenirs and memorabilia.
The museum is housed in a Greco-Roman style building, which served as a town library once. The little but great museum certainly is a must in tourists’ itineraries because it contains important historical artifacts. Visitors can learn more information that will trace back the history of the island—from ancient times to discovery of the island in 1778 to the monarchy and plantation periods.
What to expect
Kauai Museum displays an extensive and outstanding collection of art works, masterpieces, and items that will give out clues and about Kauai’s distant past. The processions include not just artworks but also textiles, photographs, cultural materials, and many more. The site also houses old idols and poi pounders, paniolo and sugar plantation relics, seashell collections, feather leis, old Hawaiian quilts, and other replicas.
There is even a model of the ship used by Captain Cook when he discovered the islands. The ship replica, the HMS Resolution, is on display to catch interest about the island’s history. Vintage pictures taken by Japanese immigrant W.J. Senda are also on display while contemporary videos shot from helicopters, are shown to showcase the natural beauty of Kauai as seen from the sky.
No wonder, current exhibits tell stories of the famed island’s history and hospitality. Showcased are more than enough reasons why Kauai is considered as a unique and enriching tourism destination. Many seasonal exhibits are also put on display to further heighten one’s curiosity.