All drives start from Lihue International
Approx. 10.5 miles from Start to End of
Approx. 1/2 hour driving time from Start
to End of drive excluding time spent at "stops".
For your safety, please observe Cautionary
Notes on drive "stops" below.
Set Odometer to Zero between "stops"
All distances are to the nearest tenth
of a mile.
Do not leave valuables in vehicle or unattended.
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KAUAI HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2.4 Miles / 8 Mins.
Kauai County Bldg
4396 Rice Street , Suite 101 (Right Side)
Exit airport on Hwy 570 (Ahukini
Rd) & go short way to Hwy 51 (Kapule Hwy)
Turn Left onto Hwy 51 & go approx.
1.1 mi. to Rice Street
Turn Right onto Rice Street &
go approx. 0.8 mi. to County Bldg. parking lot (right
Kauai Historical Society is located
inside the County Bldg. - Suite 101
Bringing history to life, the Kauai
Historical Society houses a vast collection of Hawaiian books,
maps, photographs, drawings, plantation records and personal
papers from local families and organizations. They also protect
and preserve historic sites, and provide guided history tours
and other educational programs.
Note: Open daily M-F 8-4, tel. 245-3373. Free admission
(donations welcomed). Archive collection available by appointment
only (small fee for non-members). Inquire about their educational
Applicable (Walk Next Door!)
Rice Street (next to County bldg.)
Leave Kauai Historical Society and
walk next door to Kauai Museum.
The story of the islands of Kauai and
Niihau from the geological, archaeological and cultural standpoint.
Permanent and temporary art and ethnic heritage exhibits.
Note: Great gift shop with wide selection of Hawaiian
arts and crafts. Inquire about their guided tours, Kauai video,
lauhala weaving & other classes. Open daily M-F 9-4, Sat.10-4,
tel. 245-6931. Admission charge. Restrooms.
0.5 Mile / 3 Mins.
- Church - right after bridge underpass (Right Side)
Leave County parking lot
Turn Right onto Rice Street &
go short way (0.2 mi.) to Hwy 50 (Kaumualii Hwy)
Turn Left onto Hwy 50 & go short
way (0.1 mi.) on Hwy 50 to bridge underpass
Turn Right onto Hoomana Road (just
Go short way (0.2 mi.) on Hoomana
Rd. to Church pkg. lot.
Hawaii's oldest Lutheran church - started
in June 1881 by German immigrants who came to work at the
Lihue Sugar Plantation. Their long experience on board ship
was reflected in the architecture of the church. The floor
slants like the deck of a ship; the balcony is the Captain's
Bridge; the ceiling is like the bottom of the ship; the lights
are ship lanterns; the pulpit, the Forecastle.
Note: This beautiful church is a faithful replica of
the original edifice completed in 1885 and destroyed by Hurricane
"Iwa" in 1982. Open daily, tel. 245-2145. Restrooms.
GROVE FARM MUSEUM
1.4 Mile / 5 Mins.
Sign - Grove Farm (Left Side)
Leave church & return short way
(0.2 mi.) to Hwy 50 (Kaumualii Hwy)
Turn Right onto Hwy 50 & go short
way (0.4 mi.) to Nawiliwili Road (traffic light)
Turn Left onto Nawiliwili Road & go 0.8 mi. to Grove Farm (left
The oldest, intact sugar plantation center of operations in Hawaii
acquired in 1864 by George Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers. Original buildings and
furnishings preserving the life style of the sugar plantation from the period 1864-1978.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Note: Access is by guided tour only on Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Advance reservation required. Call 245-3202 for information & reservation. Restrooms.
GROVE FARM MUSEUM
1.6 Miles / 3 Mins.
- Kauai Marriott Resort (Right Side)
Leave Grove Farm and turn left onto
Go 1.6 mi. down Nawiliwili Road to
Kauai Marriott Resort (right side)
Turn Right into Resort entrance
Follow signs for beach access &
go short way to parking lot
One of Kauai's most popular and heavily
used beaches - fronting the Kauai Marriott Resort. A historic
surfing site - the beach itself is 1/4-mile-long and very
wide. Sandy ocean bottom makes for good swimming. Lovely views
of Nawiliwili Bay.
Turn Left onto Wilcox Road (at sign
for Hale Kauai Co.)
Go 0.7 mi. on Wilcox Road to a one
Turn Right immediately after bridge
onto Hulemalu Road
Go 0.6 mi. on Hulemalu Road to Alekoko
Overlook (left side)
A 900-foot fishpond said to be the handiwork
of the mythical menehunes (Hawaiian elves) who built it in
one night 1,000 years ago. Great view of Nawiliwili Harbor
and mountains. Interesting site with interpretive signs constructed,
in part, by high school students.
2.7 Miles / 7 Mins.
- Kilohana Plantation (Left Side)
mi. on Hulemalu Road to Puhi Road
onto Puhi Road & go 1 mi. to Hwy 50 (Kaumualii Hwy)
onto Hwy 50 & go short way (0.3 mi.) to Kilohana Plantation
(left side, just beyond Kauai Community College)
plantation estate restored to its original splendor. An elegant
reflection of a vanished age. Featuring a Tudor-style mansion
surrounded by tropical gardens on 35 acres.
Home to Gaylord's - one of Hawaii's most romantic fine restaurants.
Art Galleries and retail shops. Open daily from 9:30 a.m.,
tel. 245-5608. Free admission. Inquire about their daily carriage
rides/horse-drawn wagon sugar cane tours. Restrooms.
END OF DRIVE - RETURN TO LIHUE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT On to East Side Drive or,