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Captain Cook's replica ship HMS Endeavour, aka HM Bark Endeavour docked at Lihue's Nawiliwili Harbor. September 11, 2006 Waimea is a small town on the west side of Kauai about one mile east of Kekaha. It has a population of around 2,000 residents. Well over 200 years ago, it was Captain James Cook’s first contact in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778 at Waimea. His legacy is well remembered around the globe. In spite of Cook losing his life in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, one such remembrance of Cook being a statue of him in Waimea Town. Cook’s ship 


Another amazing find in the area that’s accessible from Waimea is the Russian Fort Elizabeth, built in 1814. With its coastline ruins and rich history on the island, this remnant from another era is just one more example of what makes visitors love to visit the Waimea area.

The Waimea beach area is among the longest stretches of sandy beach coastline in America. In Waimea, you’re treated to natural wonder, and adventure that’s sure to keep everyone in your party entertained. With such vast white sand beaches, and its playful island atmosphere, it’s no mystery why Waimea is a favorite among tourists.

Waimea Canyon State Park draws thousands of visitors annually. You too can discover its incredible slopes. This wonderful Hawaiian gem is the only canyon like it and rests comfortably above Kauai’s West side. Known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the Waimea Canyon is an impressive 3,600 feet deep, and expands 14-miles. Take a tour to experience the scenic wonder. Along the way, an intelligent guide will narrate your trip and highlight the most spectacular views along the way

Package your canyon tour, with a tour of the Waimea River. Tours typically last all day and include stops for food. With many opportunities for exploration, you’ll find your camera’s memory card full in no time. So be sure to bring along extras!

For the tech savvy traveler, Waimea boasts the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. With many exhibits and historical presentations, the Technology and Visitor Center will envelope your mind and teach you all about Kauai’s rich ethnic diversity, traditions, and agricultural community. While you’re there, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with friends back home on any of the available Internet-connected computers. This center also showcases a flower lei making class so you can learn to create beautiful floral leis to drape around your body and look like a true island native. 



Also accessible from Kauai’s West Side is Kokee State Park. Just a short drive from Waimea, Kokee features lush hiking trails and many opportunities for scenic views. Along the way you’ll find the Kokee Natural History Museum. Stop by to learn about trail conditions and must-see stops along the way. This museum has exhibits, and a helpful staff. Ask them about the rare Hawaiian birds that can be spotted along the way. If you’re the adventurous type, trek a bit further up to the Kalalau Lookout and the Alakai Swamp in the Alaka’i Wilderness Preserve.


If you’re ready for some fun in the sun and surf, check out Waimea Beach. This incredible beach features rare black sand. You’ll delight in the opportunities for beautiful photographs from the surf lapping at the dark sand to the way the sun looks setting over the beach. From here you’ll have an incredible view of Kauai’s Niihau, the “Forbidden Island.” There’s nothing actually forbidden about this island, as natives welcome guests to sightsee, and go on hunting excursions, as long as they get permission first. There are no vacation rentals on Niihau Island.

After a full day of outdoor fun, experienced travelers know there is nothing more relaxing than returning to an authentic Kauai cottage. With the comforts of home at your disposal, these accommodations complete the perfect vacation by offering you the chance to experience the island as a local. 

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