Kauai Museum
Kauai Museum
4.5
Natural History MuseumsHistory Museums
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
To inspire and promote in the community, an appreciation and respect for the indigenous and immigrant people of Kaua′i and Ni′ihau.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Bad_Seed4
    Canberra, Australia691 contributions
    Worth a stop
    This is an old fashioned museum but its certainly worth a stop. My 20 year old young adult found enough to keep him interested so given there is nothing modern or interactive that's saying a lot. There's tons of parking so its certainly worth a stop.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 February 2023
  • Scottrep
    Rochester, New York59 contributions
    Good capture of history
    It is 2 buildings and relatively small. We went on a rainy day so it was crowded. $15 entrance fee per person. Lighting is not good, but a very good preservation and explanation of the island's history. I'd go again when it wasn't crowded.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 February 2023
  • F00lishTraveler
    Savannah, Georgia275 contributions
    Small space but well worth a visit
    We spent a couple of hours on a rainy day. There is a lot to see here in a relatively small space. But you will learn a lot. Like how native Hawaiians make the spectacular feather helmets and capes you often see on the ranking rulers in old photos. And how King Kamehameha I tried a few times to invade Kauai from Oahu but failed every time, but then won in the end when the leader of Kauai decided to join the Hawaiian kingdom to avoid another invasion attempt. And the koa bowl collection is spectacular. Walls are literally COVERED with information to read. Staff is VERY courteous.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 March 2023
  • Wendy P
    Long Grove, Illinois29 contributions
    A worthwhile visit
    This trip to the museum was really interesting. Leave yourself about 2 hours. Good thing to do on the way to the airport. We first had a guided tour regarding the first people to settle on Kauai. Very interesting about the way people lived and the Hawaiian royal family. The second part of the museum tour was more about the modern day. The museum does not have a lot of space but they managed to squeeze quite a bit of information into it. This included the section on surfing and all of the immigrant cultures. This is worthwhile to see if you like museums.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Dr_Xaos
    Palatine, Illinois1,171 contributions
    Quaint Museum Loaded with History
    While this museum isn’t overly large, you could easily spend a couple hours viewing their various displays. There’s a wide assortment of historical displays and artifacts, which are pretty well organized into different sections. They cover a lot of topics and material from the Hawaiian royal lines to modern surfing and movies. It was interesting to learn more about the island and its history, which provided deeper insight and respect for our other experiences during our stay on the island. Admission was reasonably priced ($15 per person at the time of our visit). They offer guided tours at no additional cost, but they are only offered a few times during the week. During our visit, we just did the standard self-guided tour.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Tony A
    5 contributions
    Interesting History
    This museum is rich in Kauai Island history and is definitely worth a visit. It is located in Lihue and has plenty of parking in the back. You can take a little or a lot of time taking in the many artifacts, paintings and history of the ancient inhabitants of Kauai.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Coach B
    10 contributions
    Great little museum!
    Cute little museum loaded with history. 1-2hrs to get through. The $15 entrance fee is good for 7 days so you can return. The small gift shop has great prices on items like local coffee, handbags, clothing, books etc. cheaper than many shops I’ve seen so far. Quick stop for gifts before you grab your flight home! Airport just mins away.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 July 2023
  • John M
    San Francisco, California2 contributions
    Learn More About The Garden Isle
    A small but jam-packed (in the best way) museum that surveys Kauai’s history in an accessible way. If you’re visiting and then want to learn more about the island, this is a great way to do it. The guided tour is a standout, but the museum is well worth a visit even if you’re on your own.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • CathyV63
    Vernon, Canada231 contributions
    A wonderful local museum
    I love local museums because they are created with passion and love of their subject. This museum is all that. We missed the guided tour so did it self guided. We learned so much about the local area, the history of Kauai, and the story of its people. Next year I’m going back to get the guided tour because that would really help keep people and events in a logical sequence. This place is excellent - highly recommend. The gift shop is lovely too!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
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CathyV63
Vernon, Canada231 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
I love local museums because they are created with passion and love of their subject. This museum is all that. We missed the guided tour so did it self guided. We learned so much about the local area, the history of Kauai, and the story of its people. Next year I’m going back to get the guided tour because that would really help keep people and events in a logical sequence. This place is excellent - highly recommend. The gift shop is lovely too!
Written 26 November 2023
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Saffron
New Lenox, IL383 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Definitely worth a stop as we learned so much about the history of Kauai. Many beautiful artifacts and treasures that have been, thankfully, preserved.
Written 24 November 2023
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John M
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A small but jam-packed (in the best way) museum that surveys Kauai’s history in an accessible way. If you’re visiting and then want to learn more about the island, this is a great way to do it. The guided tour is a standout, but the museum is well worth a visit even if you’re on your own.
Written 17 August 2023
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Coach B
10 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Cute little museum loaded with history. 1-2hrs to get through. The $15 entrance fee is good for 7 days so you can return. The small gift shop has great prices on items like local coffee, handbags, clothing, books etc. cheaper than many shops I’ve seen so far. Quick stop for gifts before you grab your flight home! Airport just mins away.
Written 26 July 2023
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Stephen
10 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Really interesting, well laid out museum. Guide does a free tour at 1030 (I think). He is very knowledgeable and excited about the topic.
Written 17 July 2023
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Cheryl H
Kansas19 contributions
Jun 2023
Nice stop on the way up to Waiama Canyon. Also has decent picnic spots. Tells interesting Kauai history.
Written 9 June 2023
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Tony A
5 contributions
Jun 2023
This museum is rich in Kauai Island history and is definitely worth a visit. It is located in Lihue and has plenty of parking in the back. You can take a little or a lot of time taking in the many artifacts, paintings and history of the ancient inhabitants of Kauai.
Written 7 June 2023
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,171 contributions
Mar 2023
While this museum isn’t overly large, you could easily spend a couple hours viewing their various displays. There’s a wide assortment of historical displays and artifacts, which are pretty well organized into different sections. They cover a lot of topics and material from the Hawaiian royal lines to modern surfing and movies. It was interesting to learn more about the island and its history, which provided deeper insight and respect for our other experiences during our stay on the island.

Admission was reasonably priced ($15 per person at the time of our visit). They offer guided tours at no additional cost, but they are only offered a few times during the week. During our visit, we just did the standard self-guided tour.
Written 12 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wendy P
Long Grove, IL29 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This trip to the museum was really interesting. Leave yourself about 2 hours. Good thing to do on the way to the airport. We first had a guided tour regarding the first people to settle on Kauai. Very interesting about the way people lived and the Hawaiian royal family. The second part of the museum tour was more about the modern day. The museum does not have a lot of space but they managed to squeeze quite a bit of information into it. This included the section on surfing and all of the immigrant cultures. This is worthwhile to see if you like museums.
Written 4 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

F00lishTraveler
Savannah, GA275 contributions
Mar 2023
We spent a couple of hours on a rainy day. There is a lot to see here in a relatively small space. But you will learn a lot. Like how native Hawaiians make the spectacular feather helmets and capes you often see on the ranking rulers in old photos. And how King Kamehameha I tried a few times to invade Kauai from Oahu but failed every time, but then won in the end when the leader of Kauai decided to join the Hawaiian kingdom to avoid another invasion attempt. And the koa bowl collection is spectacular. Walls are literally COVERED with information to read. Staff is VERY courteous.
Written 24 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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