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“A pleasant way to spend some time before our River Tour started”

Kamokila Hawaiian Vllage
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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Wailua
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Apparently admission is normally $5, but we got in free as part of the cost of our guided river and waterfall tour, and we spent about 20 minutes in the village, which didn't feel like quite enough time to see everything. I thought at first that the village was going to be very hokey and some parts of it kind of are, but once inside, it was actually quite interesting, with a variety of restored structures based on what is supposed to have been the actual site of an ancient Hawaiian village. There was information provided about how the various buildings were used - some for governance, some for giving birth, some for ceremonies, etc. It just provided a small glimpse into some aspects of that village's traditional Hawaiian culture and history, but it was enjoyable and low-key, which is what we were in the mood for that day. There were also lovely peacocks strutting about and a sleepy cat on a chair at the entrance as we were leaving.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We thought that we would find killers in cammo a la Kamokilla. What we did find was much better than we hoped. The staff was friendly and casual. The site was reasonably restored. It was accessible but still had untouched ancient areas. The mountain apple trees were laden with fruit of which we availed ourselves gluttonously. Really a pleasant and relaxing cultural experience.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We visited the Hawaiian Village several years ago (admission was free at that time) and wanted to take our friends who travelled with us in January 2012 to see it. This time the admission was $5.00, which is cheap for most attractions. Unfortunately we found that the village had become run down and poorly maintained, with a fair amount of trash scattered around.
The gate attendant told us that the admission charge was to help pay for an upgrade, but it didn't appear as though they had used any of it yet. With just a little effort it could at least have been cleaned up... even if they didn't have enough money yet to make repairs.
We love to look into the history of places we visit and the Kamokila Hawaiian Village does indeed give the visitor an insight into the traditional lifestyle. It could have done it so much better though if it had been in a condition that looked like it was being lived in, rather than looking like an abandoned homestead ready to fall apart.
Where we come from, we know how hard it is to get volunteers for the many projects always going on, so no doubt the same challenges are faced there. We hope they will be successful in their restoration project before too long. Traditions are worth preserving for residents as well as visitors.
As regular visitors to Kauai we look for attractions that are worth returning to from time to time. Sadly, this isn't one of them unless we hear that it has been fixed up.

1  Thank Gary F
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

The village was in disrepair. A motorcycle parked under a hut hardly made it look authentic. The entrance fee of $5.00 for the self-guided tour was not too bad. Seeing Peacocks up close made it worth the entry fee of $5.00

Thank IrishFalcon
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

My wife and I were on Kauai with the cruise ship and wanted to do a little kayaking on the wailua river and we happened across this place. we rented kayaks and were given a "dry bag" to put things in that we wanted to stay dry. while kayaking i opened the dry bag that was sitting in the front of the kayak with us, to find our iphones sitting in about 6 inches of water as there was a hole in the bottom of the bag. this was a bag given to us by kamokila and we were told it would keep things dry. the bag was obviously not checked by the staff there and when we returned they would take no credit for their faulty equipment or their negligence to check their equipment. we were simply told that we signed a waiver and they were not responsible. as far as i am concerned this was the worst customer service i have ever encountered. it showed they had no real care for their customers and their experience on kauai. back home we found that it would cost $600 total for new iPhones mid contract. in the end we left kamokila completely disappointed and $600 in the hole. i would never do any thing with this company again and would suggest people stay away from them as its not worth the risk knowing if anything does go wrong they will just sleaze their way out of it.

4  Thank nininick
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