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Kauai Museum, Lihue

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Kauai Museum reviews

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  • Hubs and I love to visit museums and we were looking forward to visiting the Kauai Museum. Hubs liked it more than I did. I found it stuffy, somewhat dark, and generally unappealing. The main room... 
    Hubs and I love to visit museums and we were looking forward to visiting the Kauai Museum. Hubs liked it more than I did. I found it stuffy, somewhat dark, and generally unappealing. The main room...  more »
  • 10 minute cab ride from cruise ship pier, beautiful and well presented history of the island. Chad is the perfect docent- informative and interactive. Much larger than it looks- this is a definite... 
    10 minute cab ride from cruise ship pier, beautiful and well presented history of the island. Chad is the perfect docent- informative and interactive. Much larger than it looks- this is a definite...  more »
  • This is a small but interesting museum covering a lot of topics in Kaua'i's history and culture. The main exhibit room has a lot of historical artifacts including a full canoe and a feather cape. The....  more
    This is a small but interesting museum covering a lot of topics in Kaua'i's history and culture. The main exhibit room has a lot of historical artifacts including a full canoe and a feather cape. The....  more »
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  • Cannot miss going to the Kauai museum. Admission was $10 and I was happy to see so much history and artifacts from different times- pictured. This is a many room building. There really is only this museum in Kauai other than the Koke’e state park museum which is mostly on birds and plants and is much smaller. I’d really love for this museum to get support and stay funded because it is full of amazing things. The woman in charge of taking admission and is in the gift shop is so kind she was willing to work a list out of recommendations for me and my husband to be sure to go to on our first time trip.
  • This should be on everyone's list when they visit the beautiful island. And make no mistake, she is the best island. The two women working were extraordinary. It was clear how much they love the island, and they were happy to share their stories. They really made the whole island visit, honestly. And the museum taught me a lot about the island and its great history. I'm kind of in love with this place.
  • Quite comprehensive history of Kauai. Separate buildings within the museum, with each complex covering separate sections like ancient history WWII and surfing. A helpful starting point for better knowing the island.
  • I’d like to first give a shout-out to the OUTSTANDING staff at this museum. They were very kind and informative. I lost my sunglasses somewhere in the museum and when I asked the cashier if they found any she was very proactive about calling the other employees and took down my phone number in case they found them. Luckily, they found the sunglasses and called me before we left the parking lot! You don’t get that kind of hospitality and genuine helpfulness everywhere you go, so it was much appreciated! We’re a properly nerdy museum family so we were excited to stop by and take in some Kaua’i history here. The museum is housed in a historically significant building representing an attempt to blend traditional western architectural features with local Hawaiian forms and materials. The collection is diverse and thorough, including artifacts from pre-colonization Hawaiian history right up through Kauai’s rich surfing tradition. Our teenage daughters seemed a little bored at times, but they enjoyed a few things and hopefully picked up on some of what makes Hawaiian culture special. We also found a good podcast about Hawaiian history (not affiliated with the museum) called Offshore that helped supplement some of our Hawaiian cultural education. One we really liked (season 4, episode 4) explored the invention and propagation of the steel guitar: a significant Hawaiian contribution to many types of American music. This museum isn’t huge, so you can speed run it if you need a quick fix or spend an hour admiring the intricacies of local hat weaving practices like I did (sorry kids). Definitely go and support your local cultural institution if you need a little break from the sun and beach 🌸
  • $15 per adult. Great place to learn history of the island. Theres abundant of information so it will take you about 1 to 2 hours to explore the whole museum.

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