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“Just o.k.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kauai Museum

Kauai Museum
Ranked #7 of 55 things to do in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A natural history museum in Kaua'i.
San Jose
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Just o.k.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

On every vacation, I like to take in some cultural event or museum. We were on holiday on the Island of Kauai for 2 full weeks, so I thought it would be good for my 19 y.o. and 13 y.o. to do something other than water sports for an afternoon. I saw the museum had really good reviews on tripadvisor so decided to give it a shot.

My husband and I both felt it is a little over rated and perhaps the previous comments embellish a little bit. The women working at the museum were very friendly when we walked in and seemed genuinely happy that we were there. However, the displays and interior are in desperate need of updating. This is likely not possible due to the state of our economy and supposed lack of funding.

The building itself seems very old, and some areas smell rather musty. Not only could this be harmful to the artifacts that reside within, it can be a trigger for folks suffering from allergies or asthma, which a few in our family have issues with. If you are sensitive to molds or mildew and you have asthma, I would highly recommend bringing your inhaler if you visit.

The one thing I did enjoy was some of the genealogy/family history/old photos located in various areas throughout the museum.

Although I am rating the museum as overall average/3 stars, I would give the women that were working that day a 5 star for their enthusiasm and passion for the heritage the museum is trying to preserve.

Visited July 2013
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North Carolina
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Small, but nicely done exhibits tell the story of the island in clear and entertaining fashion. One can certainly appreciate why there are so many feral chickens on Kauai.

Visited June 2013
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Seoul, South Korea
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54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great museum if you have 1-2 hours to kill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

We had some time to kill in between tourist things and decided to stop in. The museum is FREE the 1st Saturday of each month so we had nothing to lose. It was well worth it and we ended up zipping through the museum but wished we could have stayed a bit longer.

Displays are very diverse and covers the different ethnicities as well as the cultural and geologic history of he island. They had a local live singer which was so-so. Also had a person making a real throw net who was very friendly. We ended up talking to him for about 15 minutes while we watch him weave his net.

All in all, a good decision to stop in.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
“Great off beat place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

This place was super cool! It was so very interesting to learn about the hawaiian culture and history. You've got to visit this place!

Visited June 2013
Thank Greta J
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Adelaide, Australia
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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Interesting, Lots of Displays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Once you get started, there is so much to look at. We stayed until we had an information overload and couldn't read anymore! Good museum, lots of historical info on Hawaii.

Visited May 2013
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