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Address: Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
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Interesting piece of Hawaiian history

The fort, now mostly strategically piled rocks, is a neat piece of Hawaiian history, but there isn't much to it. From the top, there are some views of the nearby islands that are... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The fort, now mostly strategically piled rocks, is a neat piece of Hawaiian history, but there isn't much to it. From the top, there are some views of the nearby islands that are popular dive sites.

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Thank Anne K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's not much to see, and that's made even more difficult since it isn't well maintained. You can use your imagination but if it's important enough to occupy the land then it should be restored sufficiently to tell a story. The story presented on run down displays doesn't seem complete and reads more like folklore than research.

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Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park is a historical park which was interesting to read about while we were there and the view of the ocean was great. We weren't there very long but we learned something new which is a good thing. We like to experience every detail of a place while are there. It is well maintained... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting historical site, but not many people come to Hawaii or Kauai for history. I'm interested in Hawaiian history, so I found it fascinating. If you're not very interested in history, skip it. If you are interested, worth a short visit. You'll get a good overview of Capt. Cook's landing site, and the signage gives a good... More 

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Orange Park, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Agree with other reviewers that stated there was not much to "see" but the history was displayed on panels, and the view of the bay where Captain Cook landed was very good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

However you can drive up to the beach. If in a SUV. rough road. The view is nice and I think there were people camping there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Just happened to pull over here to catch the sunset. This is a beautiful beach with black sand and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. The road leading to the beach was pretty bumpy. No problem with a jeep but may be too rough for a sedan type car. Didn't spend much time here but would definitely try to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The change in scenery from one side of the island to the other is fascinating. Well worth the drive. Not really much to do except picnic and/or hike around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

It's a ruin but not one that's been looked after and restoration would be impossible. So there it sits, largely ignored, but an important piece of history nevertheless. At one time Russia had hopes of establishing itself in Hawaii and this fort was erected around 1815 by a Russian trading company to resupply its ships on South Pacific trading voyages.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This has to be one of the least favorite things we saw when we visited Waimea. There is a sign just off the highway and it is a quick stop if you want to see a pile of rocks.

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