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Waimea Town Historic Tour
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At the foothills of Waimea Canyon in the island of beautiful Kauai lies the historic Waimea with prized landmarks located within the very heart of the city. In 2006, Waimea Town was listed in Dozen Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historical Preservation and was included in New York Times #1 bestseller book "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" by Patricia Shultz.

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Guide Name: Waimea Town Historic Tour
Guide Location: USA » Waimea
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: May Rogers
Author Bio: May Rogers has a degree in Journalism then began her career writing news and advertisements as Research Assistant prior joining a magazine publishing group in Korea as Feature & Lifestyle writer. Currently in Hawaii, she is taking her MA in Language & Literature Education and pursues freelance writing in different forms - fashion, travel, poetry and children's. She is very passionate about photography, writing, blogging, shoe designing and traveling.
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Waimea Plantation Cottages

1) Waimea Plantation Cottages

The 1800s in Kauai marked the boom of flourishing sugar mills and vast plantations which became the core of Hawaiian life for many residents and immigrants to the island. These sugar companies built cottages for families and employees which soon developed into small communities and local towns. The vast 30-acre Waimea Plantation Cottages, once known as Waimea Sugar Mill, is now owned by Kikiaola Land Company Limited. This family-owned company created by the heirs of sugar pioneer Hans Peter Faye...
Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary

2) Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary

The old walls of this Catholic Church echo with age yet it remains one of the most preserved historic churches on Kauai. It was built in the early 1940s by Reverend Raphael Smulders when he first came to Waimea along with other priests on a missionary apostolate to Hawaii in 1935. The church is a picture-perfect icon of history and serenity well-maintained by the town's community. The white walls, tall trees and the green manicured lawn are nothing but picturesque and welcoming sight to...
Gulick-Rowell House

3) Gulick-Rowell House

The Gulick-Rowell House was a mission home built in 1829 by the American missionary Peter Johnson Gulick when he first came to Waimea as one of the first Christian missionaries in town. Now nearing its bicentennial, this endangered limestone-covered structure is actually nowhere near its original construction, judging by its time-consumed, dilapidated appearance. Despite its abandoned state, the Gulick-Rowell house is very much considered a prized historic traditional New England architecture in...
Yamase Building

4) Yamase Building

This traditional two-story Japanese style building was built in 1921 by architect Murakama for Seiichi Yamase, a Japanese immigrant to the island. What is interesting about Yamase Building is how the form of the building follows the corner curve of the road. This green commercial building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with other Waimea Town landmarks. When Hurricane Iniki severely hit the island in 1992, it nearly destroyed the building. Restoration works on the

Old Stone Church

5) Old Stone Church

The beautiful old stone church was built by the first Christian missionaries who came to Waimea aboard the Brig Thaddeus in 1820. Two missionary couples, the Ruggles and the Whitneys disembarked and were granted land for a church and new homes by King Kaumulaulii. Permission was granted by the King as a gesture of gratitude for being his young son's escorts of honor from England. Construction of the church started in the 1830s with Reverend George Rowell as the main architect. The long,...
Waimea Theater

6) Waimea Theater

The historic Waimea Theater was built in 1938 and first opened to the public featuring the musical comedy film "Josette". Seating 500 patrons inside its modernistic art deco facade popular in the 1930s, the small theater sadly closed in 1972. From then on, it remained under private ownership until the County of Kauai purchased it in 1996. Restoration works started and fundings from seat sponsors helped re-open the theater to the public in 1999, making it possible for the town of Waimea...
Waimea Recreational Park

7) Waimea Recreational Park

The landing fronting the Waimea Reacreational State park was once called Old Waimea Pier. The wharf became an important port following Captain Cook's first visit in 1778 that put Kauai clearly on the map. The original pier was built in 1865, served as port-of-call for trading ships for products exported from Kauai such as sugar, taro, rice, cattle, sweet potatoes and even oranges. To date, the pier continues to serve as a port to local fishing boats as well as a popular fishing spot. The...
Captain Cook Memorial Park

8) Captain Cook Memorial Park

The Captain James Cook Memorial Park and monument were built by the town of Waimea to commemorate his first landing on Kauai. The monument stands at Hofgaard Park across from the historic first Waimea Harbor landing, facing Ishihara Market. A symbol of knowledge and discovery, the iconic figure stands with a scroll in his left hand and a navigator's compass in the other. Popular among tourists, the site is frequented by many who admire the voyager, taking photos by the stone monument. It is...
Captain Cook Landing Site

9) Captain Cook Landing Site

The British explorer Captain James Cook first landed at Waimea harbor aboard his ship HMS Resolution in 1778 as part of a voyage aimed at discovering the Northwest Passage. Upon landing, he named the Hawaiian Islands "Sandwich Islands" after the Earl of Sandwich John Montague for being a friend and big supporter of his discoveries. The people of Hawaii warmly welcomed the famed voyager and his other European companions. However, it was during his journey to the Big Island in 1779 that...
Russian Fort Elizabeth Park

10) Russian Fort Elizabeth Park

The red Waimea soil and pieces of the collapsed walls of Russian Fort

Elizabeth are the only known remnants of the once famous fortress that brought alliance between Hawaii and Russia back in 1817. The fort was named after the Czarina of Russia after it was constructed under the direction of Georg Anton Schaeffer, a physician and agent of the Russian-American Company. The fort aimed to secure a provisioning station in

Hawaii for ships trading across the Pacific Ocean. When the Russians...


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