4428 Rice Street
Lihue, HI 96766
Kauai Museum Description
With cultural exhibits about the Issei (first generation Japanese immigrants to Hawaii), wooden bowls and calabashes from the earliest Hawaiians, an outrigger canoe, hats woven from the leaves of the Lauhala tree, and leis made from tiny colorful shells found on Niihau, this cultural museum is full of interesting artifacts, history, and information. A craft table for children is set up during free family days. Don't miss the courtyard with its Portugese baker's oven and the second building, where you can watch documentary films, visit a plantation worker's shack, and learn about Captain Cook's ill-fated voyage.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Kids will especially enjoy the second building, where they can steer a ship wheel downstairs and have a tea party in a Japanese plantation worker's house upstairs. Admission is always free for those 6 and younger.
School-Age Kids: Can learn about traditional medicines by lifting green placards to see the pictures and descriptions of the plants underneath.
- Go the first Saturday of the month. The museum is free on Ohana (family) day, when there are also arts and crafts and other kid activities.
- Ask about the cultural events.The museum usually schedules free music concerts and singing on Friday afternoons.
- Turn off your cell phone. They are not allowed in the museum.
Just the Facts
Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays
Fees: Less than $10.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours