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WHAT TO SEE

AT LEISURE ON KAUAI

 

Grove Farm Homestead

P.O. Box 1631 Lihu’e, Hawaii 96766 Phone: 245-3202

Hours: 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. tours on Mon­day, Wednesday and Thursday. Reserva­tions required.

This eighty-acre historical homestead re­calls what life was like on a nineteenth-century sugar plantation. Admission.

Guava Kai Plantation

P.O. Box 80 Kilauea, Hawaii 96754 Phone: 828-6121 Hours: 9 A.M.-5 P.M. daily This plantation in Kilauea encompasses 480 acres of guava trees. Visitors are in­vited to take a self-guided walking tour through the orchard and learn about the production and processing of guava prod­ucts. Free samples of guava juice, jams and jellies are offered. Free.

Kauai Museum

4428 Rice Street Lihu’e, Hawaii 96766 Phone: 245-6931

Hours: 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Monday-Friday, 10 A.M.-l P.M. Saturday The “story of Kauai” is well told by the museum’s artistic, geological and ethnic displays. Artifacts are from the many dif­ferent cultural groups that make up Hawaii. Public tours are offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 A.M. Admission.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 87 Kilauea, Hawaii 96754 ‘ Phone: 828-1413 Hours: 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Monday-Friday. Closed on federal holidays. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ref­uge is a site where visitors can view vari­ous species of seabirds (including the red-footed booby and the Laysan albatross), the endangered nene goose, the rare Ha­waiian green sea turtle, the Hawaiian monk seal, the humpback whale and dolphins. The historic Kilauea Point light­house, built in 1913 but no longer in use, is located here. Admission.

Kilohana Plantation

P.O. Box 3121

Lihu’e, Hawaii 96766

Phone: 245-5608

Hours: 9:30 A.M.-9:30 P.M., Sunday till

5:00 P.M.

Built in 1935, this grand estate of the

kama’aina Wilcox family showcases

thirty-five acres of tropical foliage and

agricultural displays, antiques and me­mentos of plantation life. Also featured are a restaurant, shops and a twenty-minute carriage ride. A one-hour horse-drawn wagon tour through sugarcane fields is offered Monday-Thursday at 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. For reservations, call 246-9529.

Koke’e Natural History Museum

P.O. Box 100 Kekaha, Hawaii 96752 Phone: 335-9975 Hours: 10 A.M.-4 P.M. daily This small but informative museum houses many interesting natural history exhibits, including one focused on Pa­cific weather systems. Its gift shop boasts one of the best selections of Hawaiiana books in the state. Guided hikes are of­fered during the summer for a nominal fee of $3 per person (call the museum for specific times). Admission to the museum is free, although donations are gladly accepted.

Kukui Grove Shopping Center

3-2600 Kaumuali’i Highway, Suite 3001 Lihu’e, Hawaii 96766 Phone: 245-7784

Hours: 9:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Monday-Thursday, Saturday; 9:30 A.M. to 9 P.M. Friday; 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday. A Polynesian revue featuring Tahitian dancers and hula is featured every Fri­day at 6 P.M. Entertainment by various local groups or high school choirs are featured Saturdays at noon. Free.

Lawai and Allerton Gardens— National Tropical Botanical Garden

P.O. Box 340 Lawai, Hawaii 96765 Phone: 332-7361 for tour information, 742-2623 for reservations Hours: Call for current hours. Reserva­tions are required.

Lawai Garden is a 186-acre scientific gar­den, containing rare and unusual tropi­cal plants from around the world, includ­ing the largest collection of native Ha­waiian plants in the world. The adjacent Allerton Garden, located oceanfront at Lawai-Kai and managed by NTBG, is 100 acres of tropical plants, pools, and foun­tains. Tour concentrates on Allerton Gar­den. Admission.

1 iniahuli Garden—National Tropical Botanical Garden

P.O. Box 808 Hanalei, Hawaii 96714 Phone: 826-1053

Hours: Call for current hours. Reserva­tions are required.

Located in Ha’ena, this seventeen-acre garden and 990-acre forest preserve fea-

tures native Hawaiian plants, ancient taro terraces and pristine Limahuli Stream. Guided and self-guided tours are offered. Admission.

Moir Gardens

Kiahuna Plantation 2253 Po’ipu Road Koloa, Kauai 96756 Phone: 742-6411 Hours: Open 24 hours daily Surrounding the former home of Koloa Sugar Plantation Company’s last planta­tion manager, this is a lush tropical fantasyland of lagoons, lily ponds, flow­ers and fruit trees. Nearly 4,000 botani­cal varieties are featured, including one of the most famous cactus gardens in the world. Free.

Olu Pua Botanical Gardens and Plantation

Box 518

Kalaheo, Hawaii 96741 Phone: 332-8182

Hours: One-hour guided walking tours are scheduled at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 A.M.; and 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 P.M. daily Botanical gardens featuring tropical trees and plants cover this beautiful twelve-acre estate, built in 1929. Admission.

Smith’s Tropical Paradise

174 Wailua Road Kapa’a, Hawaii 96746 Phone: 821-6895 (gardens), 821-6892 (cruises)

Hours: Wailua River cruises to the Fern Grotto depart at scheduled times between 9 A.M.-3:30 P.M. The garden is open from 8:30 A.M.-4 P.M. daily. Lu’au at 6:30 P.M. and show at 8 P.M. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Paths meander through thirty acres of lagoons and tropical plants. Dinner is served at a pavilion prior to a spectacu­lar Polynesian show on an open-air stage. Admission.

Wai’oli Mission House Museum

P.O. Box 1631 Lihu’e, Hawaii 96766 Phone: 245-3202

Hours: 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Twenty- to forty-minute guided tours. Closed on federal holidays and rainy days.

Built in 1837, the mission house once served as the home for American mis­sionary teachers Lucy and Abner Wilcox. Also on adjoining grounds are the New England-style Wai’oli social hall, built in 1841, and the Wai’oli Hui’ia Church, built in 1912. Donations accepted. (The mu­seum is presently undergoing renova­tions. It is scheduled to reopen in early 1997.)

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