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Historic Waimea Town & Sugar Plantation Walking Tour -- Waimea , Kauai, Hawaii

HISTORIC WAIMEA WALKING TOUR  Date: Every Monday  Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: West Kauai Technology & Visitors Center, Waimea

Take a 90-minute walking tour and experience "A Glimpse of the Historic Waimea". Best known as the place English explorer Capt. James Cook first landed in Hawaii. Missionaries established schools, rice and sugar growers changed the landscape and historic buildings were rebuilt after Hurricane Iniki. Enrich your historical knowledge about the town that was once a major population to ruling chiefs. Be sure to wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Free. Call: (808) 338-1332. (Photo at Rt. - Capt. James Cook)

Date: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Approx. 90 min. tours)
Volunteers lead you back in time through Waimea Plantation Cottages, a vacation resort of restored plantation houses, and the neighboring Waimea Sugar Co. "camp" of houses dating to the turn of the century. (Photo at Lt. - Old Mill)

 Learn about the immigrants that came from all over the world to build the sugar industry. Waimea Mill Sugar Company (1884-1969) was a family operation and was for many years the smallest sugar plantation in the Hawaiian Islands. Selected by Travel Holiday Magazine as one of the 25 Best Kept Secrets in Hawaii March 1998. Tours are limited to 12 people.

Reservations (808) 335-2824. For other information or special group tours call (808) 337-1005.