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Kauai Museum

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Address: 4428 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone Number: 808 245 6931
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: A natural history museum in Kaua'i.

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Kauai's Own Museum

This facility houses many historical pieces from Kauai's past. Some from the plantation days, and many pieces are from the native people's way of life. The people are very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Alamo, California, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We wouldn't have enjoyed the museum if we had missed the tour. The museum is dark and stale. The tour guide....well, I don't really know what to say. She was very interesting and entertaining for about the first half of the tour. They she began really bad-mouthing the U.S. and in our opinion spouting bad information about our government and... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Oh my, we Really enjoyed this lovely museum. Located on Rice Street in Lihue, it makes for a nice visit after a short flight over from a neighboring island. Open 10-5 Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays. Admission is reasonable at $10.00, less for seniors, military, kama'aina and students. The museum started as a library way back in 1924. 2 floors/2 buildings with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed my whole experience in the museum! The museum itself seemed quite small, but once you get inside, they have lots of things to see! you can learn whole Hawaiian history, from very ancient tools and stuff (made from rocks and threads), through their culture and influence from immigrants, WWII, and then nowadays. everything seemed very well preserved.... More 

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Alamo, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This facility houses many historical pieces from Kauai's past. Some from the plantation days, and many pieces are from the native people's way of life. The people are very welcoming, the gift shop offers unique mementoes, and the experience won't disappoint. I visit every other year, just to see what is new and chat with the lovely people there.

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Waco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The day we visited the Kauai Museum it rained for hours. It was a great indoor activity. We thoroughly enjoyed the historical video. There is so much more to Hawaii than its beauty... going to the museum helped us get a glimpse of the difficulties the people of Hawaii have endured over the last couple of centuries and made us... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Our first stop on our first full day was Kauai Museum. What a great decision! This place gives a great overview to the history of the Island and offers wonderful ideas for places to see. When entering the lobby, the Hawaiian canoe hanging above the entrance makes a grand statement. The back wall of the lobby gives a wonderful overview... More 

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Fresno
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very interesting and excellent displays. Be sure to start with the historical movie in the second building.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had a late flight in the evening and so had to spend a few hours without having to go to the beach or hiking so this place was perfect. The gift shop was nice - fairly inexpensive. Plus they have a great movie on the Hawaiian culture and beginnings. We had a nice time and were able to spend... More 

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South Bend, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Best thing about the this museum was the friendly, volunteer staff. On Saturdays Uncle Larry entertains with local music and folklore for an hour in the lobby. Another gentlemen demonstrated his net making skills. There are a variety of artifacts from Kauai's history. It includes a lot of description to read. I would recommend that the museum also include a... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I think my expectations were a little colored by the great reviews I read of the museum before visiting. This is certainly not to say that this is a BAD museum--quite the contrary! But just be prepared for a rather small set of exhibits (1 floor plus a mezzanine), mainly outlining the lineage of the Hawaiian and Kauai royal families,... More 

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