We attended several classes/walks that the West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center offers during the course of the week. The Waimea Town Historical 3 hr. walk on Mondays from 9:30a.m-12:30p.m. was so packed of information about perspectives on growing up in the town of Waimea as a local. Our guide lead us to historical sights including the churches, shopping areas, local flora and fauna- examples of how the kukui nut and macadamia nut looks, and hidden areas that are not tourist spots around the town of Waimea. Helped us see a different perspective of Waimea- not just from a tourist's view. We sure learned a great deal while attending this 3 hr. walk. Our guide was very informative and great to add in her childhood experiences growing up here - she was non-stop in talking for the whole 3 hrs!
The Aloha Friday Lei Making class was also very nice as there was an assortment of different types of flowers used to make our leis- not just the usual plumeria. There were also bougainvillea and stephanotis flowers. It was a small class and we took our time to make several leis-- definitely a great experience with the Hawaiian culture- very hands-on. The volunteers at the center are very nice and helpful with a lot of information provided for us.
The museum is also very nice with exhibits of the Waimea historical sights along with pictures and examples-- plantation days. There are also a lot of books sold here as well as the famous rare Niihau shell necklaces. There are also a few computers for visitors to utilize which is very convenient. Definitely worthwhile to stop by here and at least say "hi." By the way, everything here was free but donations are greatly accepted to keep the program running.
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