Kauai Hawaiian Islands Historical Sites in Kauai Sugar Plantations Queen Emma

When you think of Hawaii, what kind of vacation do you expect to have? You probably expect while visiting Kauai Hawaii that people will be running around in hula skirts, and Hawaiian shirts serenading you with, ” Aloha”, while an Elvis impersonator sings Blue Hawaii.

Well okay some of that is true, but did you know that Kauai Hawaii is perhaps the most historic site in all of America? You have to visit Kauai not just because of the warm sea breezes, the lush tropical fauna, and the beautiful weather, but because the area is bursting with history!

Kauai Hawaii is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The island was formed many millions of years ago by underwater volcanic eruptions in the Pacific Ocean that resulted in the magnificent Hawaiian Islands. It is also the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and the richest in history. This area was once home to a mysterious tribe of people linked to Central Polynesia, the Menehue. The Menehue Tribe gave this island the culture that still exists in Hawaii today, and is rich in countless chants and many legends.

Ancient Hawaiians believed in Mana, a spiritual power that took form in humans, animals and the gods. While at Kauai visit the ancient ruins of sacred heiau that remind us of native Hawaiians who built these enormous stone platforms, walks and other wooden structures.

By going to Waimea Bay on this island you can discover why British Captain James Cook, fell in love with Hawaii. Even though people were already living on Kauai Captain James proclaimed that he discovered the island in 1778, and named them “the Sandwich Islands after the fourth Earl of Sandwich.

Later on in 1835 Congregational missionaries settled on this island and they influenced the area and its peoples also. They started what had become a major economic industry growing sugar plants. Visit the first sugar plantation founded in Koloa where the sugar industry flourished in 1893. Another plantation that is steeped in history that you may want to see is The Grove Farm Homestead Museum, the former home of George Wilcox who was a son of one of the missionaries. He is the founder of one of Kauai’s largest plantations.

Allerton Gardens that is botanical gardens was once home to Hawaii’s Queen Emma. One time it was another sugar plantation but today it is a rich display of breathtaking garden rooms, pools, and mini waterfalls, spectacular fountains and beautiful statues.

If all this traversing the island weren’t enough there are several museums to visit as well one of them being the Kauai Museum in Lihue. You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the Island of Kauai and Hawaii. It has permanent and rotating displays of profiles, photos, and artifacts on the rich history of this island. It tells about the incredible natural history of the island and the social and commerce industry.

For the movie buff, Kauai is a rich portal into the movie- making scene. As you tour the areas where over 70 movies were filmed on this sun filled extravaganza, you will actually remember many scenes from movies you watched. How about the many Elvis movies such as Blue Hawaii filmed at the infamous Coco Palms Resort? The remake of King Kong took place here among the lava and ruins of a time long ago. The musical South Pacific was filmed here, and Waimea Canyon was used in the 1993 Jurassic Park movie.

The aforementioned cultural, and natural sights to see on Kauai are only a few of the many incredible historical adventures to be had. There’s also a Hindu Temple that was sculpted in India to go see! Besides all this natural beauty, there’s the salt ponds, a Russian Fort, and the beautiful water to surf in. You’ll have a great time exploring the island of Kauai, there’s so much to do and you get to hula dance too.