James Cook

James Cook

While on Kaua’i we stayed in a Waimea Plantation cottage. What is now a resort started as houses built as part of a sugar plantation from 1880 to the 1940s. We were pleased to discover how well equipped our kitchenette was and that we could borrow a barbecue. Captain James Cook landed at the mouth of the Waimea River in 1978 and was treated as their god Lano. This was his third expedition and his command of the HMS Resolution and the Discovery included scientists, artists, and cultural observers. They were surprised to learn that the locals spoke Tahitian. Cook was killed a year later in a skirmish on the island of Hawaii. A statue of Cook is located in the center of Waimea which was the island’s capital for many years. The whaling industry made use of the port from 1819-1871. In 1850 500 whaling ships wintered here.

On our final day on the Garden Isle we visited the Russian Fort. Its official name was actually Fort Elizabeth and it was the headquarters for the Russian-American Trading Company from 1815-17. Now rock rubble, originally it is said to have stood 12 feet high and 300 feet in diameter. It is located at the mouth of the Kaumuali’i River.

We also stopped at Salt Pond Park where there is a nice beach and lifeguard station. Although there were no informational signs, we noted what we believe to be the nearby salt pond.

Important agricultural products in earlier years include both rice and sugar. We stopped at Kaua’i Coffee which is located near Kalāheo. They have a self-guided tour, informational video, and small coffee museum.

Kauai Museum

Kauai Museum

In Līhu’e we visited the Kaua’i Museum. It was interesting to learn more about the original people inhabiting this island, the early settlers, and more recent developments. We had enough time before we needed to return our rental car to visit the Nawiliwili Harbor. A huge cruise ship was in port and brought back memories of my own cruise trip experience around the islands. American Airlines offers a direct flight from Līhu’e to Phoenix. Unfortunately, in order for us to take advantage of our United Airlines points, we needed to fly to first to Honolulu then Houston before finally catching a flight to Phoenix. After a fun-filled nine nights on O’ahu and Kaua’i, we had a long day before arriving back home.

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