Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
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Russian Fort Elizabeth/Paʻulaʻula o Hipo is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present-day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is located at the site of the former Fort Elizabety, the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands, built in the early 19th century by the Russian-American Company as the result of an alliance with High Chief Kaumualiʻi. The star fort was employed by the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 19th century under the name Fort Hipo (Hawaiian: Paʻulaʻula o Hipo).
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CDNTerry
Toronto, Canada358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great piece of history here, especially if you are into Hawaiian history and the struggles of the different island kingdoms. Don’t expect to see some big fabulous fort, it’s quite overgrown and only some 6-8 foot walls remain with lots of vegetation on them. Great statue of King Kaumuali’i the last great king of Kuaui. The fort is right across the river from the spot Captain James Cook likely first landed at the Hawaiian islands so some bonus history there too!!
Written 26 November 2023
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Mike B
Mineral, VA1,030 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Went on a Shaka audio tour of the Waimea Canyon, and this was the first stop. Total dud. The story behind it, on the audio guide, was kind of cool. But the site is a pile of rocks that looks more like someone's yard wall than a fort. And nothing is marked or well cared for.
Written 16 October 2022
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RickSch-US
Wichita, KS24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The picture you see is a recreation of what it would have looked like. In person/reality it is a disorganized pile of rocks. Don't waste your time unless you happen to already be in the area. And, even then don't go. There are so many other things to do on Kauai.
Written 20 July 2022
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ITRT
Virginia38,573 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
When you rent a car, you are so free to explore places you never knew existed. This was true when we stopped at the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. It was built by a German doctor on request of a Russian trading company because of an alliance with High Chief Kaumali’l. Today, the park consists of a statue of the High Chief, the outer stone walls of the fort, and the foundation of some buildings. This is a reminder of the first and last presence of Russia on the Hawaiian Islands.
Written 30 May 2022
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,793 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This park has a cool story and you can walk all around. Its a good stop and very informative. And, of course, chickens everywhere.
Written 26 February 2022
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Wayne-Martha G
Blanco, TX34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Interesting narrative. The Russians could have owned Hawaii but, thankfully, didn’t seize the opportunity. The park is not very well presented. Hard to visualize the fort. Good statue though. With a brief stop.
Written 1 February 2022
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Robert R
Woodbridge, VA524 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Old Russian fort located right on highway where Waimea River flows into the Pacific Ocean. Lots of parking, not a lot to see of the Fort, crumbling lava rock walls, everything overgrown, information panels provide history of site. A statue has been added of King Kaumualii, King of Kauai & Niihau. Good ocean vistas and short walk to mouth of river and ocean surf - probably not suitable for swimming or other water activities, but kinda cool and does not take much time.
Written 11 November 2021
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Ginger_Traveler99
Richland, WA8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Really not much to see. There is a depiction of what the fort "may" have looked like. Way too many other things to do and see.
Written 7 November 2021
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G_2_the_Dub
Seattle, WA12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The ruined walls of the fort from 1815-1817 are all that remains. There’s a historical sign with very basic info on the fort’s history. I wouldn’t waste the five minutes it takes to check this place out, unless I happened to be obsessed with the history of the Russian presence on Kauai.
Written 21 October 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,077 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The place is overgrown with brush. The walls are crumbling down but if you have an imagination and read the signage then you can figure out what happened here and you can see the shape of things. I gave it a 3 because it is not being kept up so that people can actually wander around the fort.
Take the short walk down to the mouth of the Waimea River where it enters the ocean. That was interesting to watch the surf meet the river.
Written 12 March 2020
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