Saturday, November 28, 2015

Walk Back Through Time: Spotting Kauai Museums (part 2 of 2)

Hoopulapula Haraguchi Mill is locatd at Hanalei at the north shore of Kauai. The Kauai museum is the lone rice mill left in Hawaii found inside a National Wildlife Refuge at Hanalei Valley. The place is usually not open to the public although you can occasionally have the opportunity to know more about Hawaii’s agriculture and cultural lifestyle dating back 130 years ago. You can also witness some rare wildlife species like native waterbirds and the various ways to grow and use taro, a Polynesian crop.

Other Fascinating Museums

Kauai Children’s Discovery Museum is located at the Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapa’a and is the ideal educational experience for kids and the entire family. This place offers kids and parents to enjoy various activities and stories. The lessons are very hands-on and particularly focus on letting children understand Kauai’s unique and interesting background.

Kokee Natural History Museum is located at Kokee State Park at Kekaha and is also recommended for big groups and families. The museum promotes and sparks interest about the island’s natural history, wonders as well as the entire Hawaiian archipelago. Seminars, workshops and events are held occasionally. Shops are available as well.

Waioli Mission House Museum is located at Hanalei on the north shore of the island. The Kauai museum used to be a missionary house built in 1837 and restored in 1921. You will find historic furnishings, native plants and trees and traditional Hawaiian horticulture in the old structure.

Guided tours are available with no admission fees required. West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center is at Kaumualili Highway, Waimea provides a modern approach to educating tourists about the many facets of the island and its people. Multimedia presentations, guided walking tours and other state-of-the-art facilities are available.

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