If you are interested in ancient Hawaiian culture, then a trip to Kamokila Hawaiian Village might be for you. The Kamokila Village, located just above a large bend in the Wailua River, was where King Kaumualii, King of Kauai, used to launch his war canoes. Visitors can tour the recreated village and learn more about Hawaiian culture and history. The park also offers canoe adventures for the more bold visitor. Admission is $5 per person and the Village is open from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. daily. The Village is located about 2 miles west of Wailua. Turn right on Kuamoo Road just before you come to the Wailua River Bridge.
Kuilau Ridge Trail -If you are interested in a great nature hike or seeing some Hawaiian flora, consider a trip to the Keahua Arboretum in eastern Kauai. To get there, take Highway 56 north from Lehu’e. After crossing the Wailua River Bridge, take a left at Kuamo’o road and go past the Wailua Reservoir. Around 6 miles down Kuamo’o Road, you will come to Keahua Stream. Here you will find Keahua Forestry Arboretum with parking. Stop and have a look at the arboretum trails. The area has several good hiking trails here. The Kuilau Ridge Trail is one of the most scenic on Kauai. You can find the trailhead marker on the right of the road just before you cross Keahua Stream. The 2.1 mile trail winds along a steep ridge. A picnic area is located along the way but the best views are found another .5 miles further up the trail. The Powerline Trail which starts at the end of the road is much more difficult. This trail leads you on a day long, demanding climb across the mountains to Princeville. Guided tours and ATV explorations are available if you prefer to have a more formal guided tour of this gorgeous area.
Near the town of Kilauea, you will find Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. To get here, turn off the Prince Kuhi Highway near the entrance to the town of Kilauea and follow the signs to the Lighthouse. The Refuge first opened in 1985 with the purchase of the historic Kilauea Light House. At the refuge, you can see a plethora of birds such as the Nene, the endangered Hawaiian Goose, red-footed boobies, Laysan albatross, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and other seabirds native to the Hawaiian islands. In the surrounding waters, you will see the Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles and in winter, frolicking humpback whales which come to the warm Hawaiian waters to birth their calves.
If you want to learn about Hawaiian history, then the Kauai Museum in Lihue might be just the place for you. Founded in 1960, the museum houses artwork and artifacts from ancient Hawaiian peoples. The museum offers Hawaiian artwork of all types, cultural artifacts such as textiles and quilts as well as many native plants and animals in the Natural History collection. The museum is closed on Sundays but open Monday through Fridays from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. and on Saturdays, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Cost to visit the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for children between 12-17 and $1 for children 12 and under. The first Saturday of every month is “Family Free Saturday when admission for the whole family is free. The Museum is located at 4428 Rice Street just across the street from the Post office.