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Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

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Address: Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
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There's not much to see here. However, it does have a toilet and a great tree with yellow flowers. We didn't follow the road towards the ocean, as our car was not suitable for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Burnaby, Canada
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West Kelowna, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Being into history, we enjoyed this short stop to read about the history of this place - there were quite a few feral cats hanging around with the chickens and if I had known this, would have brought the mean little things some fish! There is not a lot to it, but for us, another interesting stop.

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Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

There's not much to see here. However, it does have a toilet and a great tree with yellow flowers. We didn't follow the road towards the ocean, as our car was not suitable for this, so we may have missed something, although I doubt it.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Previous reviewers have Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park exactly right. Its value is primarily in encouraging visitor to read the signs and perhaps their guidebooks and think a bit about the history of Kauai. It illustrates that the scope of Russian influence in the Eastern Pacific once extended well south of Alaska. Unfortunately, you will need a vivid imagination... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a decent spot to kick back and watch the sun set. If you have an SUV there are some spots to back in so that you can pop the hatch and kick back.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Fort has turned to rubble. Rustic restroom. No shops. Nothing to visually intrigue you. BUT...to comprehend the history of the area & all that led up to the Hawaiian Islands being United is well worth a study. The Polynesian people of the area kicked the Russkies butts...which preserved the area for eventually becoming a state of the USA. Intriguing. Oh,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

History is excellent and something you will probably not know about, but the sight itself needs some development. The Fort foundation is still there, and some of the history is available. Nice stopping point for a days travels.

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Blind Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

When you look at Fort Elizabeth the sight is not impressive. The rock walls are only a couple or three feet high and the fort is simply an outline of what once was there in 1816. However, the site represents a period of Kauai history when the Russians were making a bid to control and perhaps annex Kauai. A German,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The high points are the low fort wall ruins, beach access and the public rest room. The site would benefit from more extensive interpretive signing. There is a road which runs out to the water which is pretty rough. We used this stop as an opportunity to get out and stretch our legs driving back from Waimea. A very short... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

There is not much to see. The walls of the fort have been turned to rubble. There is one sign telling you about it, and one of those terrible Hawaiian public toilets that even the locals are ashamed of. We walked around it, looked out a the ocean, and gave it a "been there done that!" I would suggest driving... More 

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Ajax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

interesting history about the russians in Kauai The plaques at the front were very helpful and I would have liked to see more of them in the fort area

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