We live in Italy, but we love Hawai’i Islands very much and mainly their history and traditions.
We knew about the Museum, while still in Italy, through its interesting newsletter ; and , participating to the weekly contest they held , we were lucky enough to win a copy of “Hobey”, the wonderful biography by Hobey Goodale : thus , well in advance to our trip , we could learn about the many changes which took place in Kauai over the last decades , from long gone-sugar plantations to tourism and recent problems of the island.
We visited the Museum on one of those days when a guided tour is held : our docent, Roy Miyake, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He guided us through a couple of hours - trip along Hawai’i history – and ( after the tour was over) we stopped to “chat” with him some more time with great pleasure – learning new facts and a deep perspective into the Island life .
The Museum consists of 2 buildings - one is the historic Lihu'e Library (built in the 1920's) and the other is a 2-story building , which you can you reach through a small courtyard between the 2 buildings.
The historic wing of the Museum hosts several exhibition as well as having exhibits about various aspects of ancient life in Kaua'i. There is also a Gift Shop that has a very good selection of local artifacts.
The other building is about the history of Kaua'I : there are a video presentation with an overview on Kaua'i and various exhibits about the Polynesians voyaging to the Hawaiian Islands, Captain Cook's arrival, the Missionary period and the Plantation days.
Everything was very interesting and very well explained by our tour guide ; I suppose the guided tour is much more better than a simple visit by yourself .
We were also very glad we could meet Lyah, the lovely lady who is managing the Museum “contest” , with whom we had several chats before arriving to Kauai ; it was with great pleasure that we could also meet Hobey himself, who was at the Museum that day - signing his book.
If you love Hawai’i and wish to learn more about its fascinating history , the Kauai Museum is an experience you don’t want to miss.
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