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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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For History Buffs

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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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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Honolulu, HI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The view of the beach from here was the best part. Nothing super interesting, read the signs, walk around the dirt walls.. Swing by the bathroom.. And head on out.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Interesting bit of history, but the site itself is in disrepair. There's a parking area with a restroom and informational center, then a road that you can take out to the beach front. The road is extremely rough.

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Birmingham, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Do not go out of your way to get here. We only stopped to make sure we were not missing anything on our way back to Poipu from Waimea. There is basically just a 5-6 foot tall rock outline around where a Russian-built fort once stood in the 1800s.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It's mildly interesting that there were actually Russians on Kauai in the 1850s. It must have been beautiful. But, the fort is gone and other than reading about a bit of history, there's nothing much to see here.

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