Vacation in Kanai Hawaii

Finally, you’re going to Hawaii! You’ve saved and planned for years, sticking a few dollars here and a few dollars there. And now you’ve made reservations, gotten the plane tickets, and are counting the days. To many people, a trip to Hawaii means lying on the beach or drinking a cool one under a tiki hut. But to you, it means getting a chance to see some really historical places and lie on the beach and drink a cool one.

You have made all the plans and reservations. You plan on spending at least three days on Kauai, the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, veiwing as many of the historical sites as you can possible squeeze in. It is (secretly, of course) what you are looking forward to the most.

Kauai is called the Garden Isle. The island contains one of the wettest spots on earth, resulting in canyons with fantastic waterfalls. Although there seems to be no exact meaning for the name Kauai, it is attributed to the legend of the Polynesian traveler who discovered the Hawaiian Islands, Hawai’iloa. Supposedly, the island was named for a son of the explorer. Kauai was one of the last two Hawaiian Islands to join the Kingdom of Hawai’i. The ruler of Kauai, Kaumuali’i, fought against King Kamehameha attempts to take Kauai by force until he finally gave in to avoid further bloodshed. The island of Kauai became part of the Kingdom of Hawai’i upon the death of Kaumuali’i.

Of course, you already knew all this. You’re a big history buff, and you especially love the history of Hawaii. And now you get to see the things you been reading about for years.

One of the first stops you planned to take in is in Hanalei, a town on the north shore. This place is so beautiful, it will take your breath away. You plan on visiting the former home of Abner and Lucy Wilcox, who were missionaries. Waioli Mission is a 1800’s New England style building that was actually shipped from Boston in pieces. This home is open to tours absolutely free! It can’t get any better than that.

You also want to visit Koloa, a plantation town which was the site of the first Catholie church. It is also the site of the first sugar mill. You can still see its remains.

And then there’s Kilohana, a mansion that’s located on Lihu’e. It is a 16,000 square foot Tudor style home that is now a fantastic arts and crafts center. Visitors can ride around the cane fields on carriages and pretend to be living back in that simple, plantation life. You also want to tour the Grove Farm Homestead. Here you can see the old sugar days as well as the history of Hawaii’s journey from kingdom to statehood. This tour only cost $5.00 per person. How unbelievable is that?

Before your family or mate gives up on you, you plan on visiting the Kaua’i Museum. This unique museum is in a lava rock ‘building’. You can learn all about the volcanic formation of the islands as well as the history of the development of Kauai. This museum also only costs $5.00. That means you can save all your money for that tiki hut.

And you can still take time to enjoy the luscious beaches all around you. After all, you are on vacation in Hawaii, the most beautiful place on earth.