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West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center
Ranked #17 of 19 things to do in Waimea
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Reviewed 8 April 2015

There is hardly anything there, but the attendant is helpful with ideas of where to eat and what to see.

Thank Zuzka E
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Reviewed 22 March 2015

Excellent summary panels of local history including Captain Cook's first landing and the local sugar history.

Thank ENelson1321
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Reviewed 4 February 2015

After reading all the positive reviews we called for a reservation and were told none was needed, but they don't open until 1PM.
So we went to lunch and arrived at 1:10. Parking lot is on opposite side from the entrance. So you park and then walk around to the entrance. Surprise! The place was locked and lights out, with a sign "we open at 1PM".
Well by 1:30 there was nobody there, we checked all the signs, then phoned. No answer except a recording stating the hours.
Sorry to say we gave up and left after 30 minutes waiting in the hot sun for signs of life.

5  Thank Malice6
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This is a great place to stop along the way to Waimea Canyon. There is a small museum with displays about the history of Koloa Town. They offer free guided walks through the town of Waimea with a local guide. There is no admission fee but you need to make advance reservations as they limit the amount of people on the tour. It is a 3 hr. walk from 9a.m.- 12noon and is is non-stop, They stop along many nice historical sights in town. This tour is given on Mondays. Also on Friday, it is Aloha Day- there is a free lei making class led by a native Kauaian. They used plumeria, stephonopalis, and bourganvillea on the day I attended. Was a great combination of flowers- full of color. There are also free use of the computers on the premises. A great air conditioned place for a short break from a long drive.

1  Thank chillywillypenquin
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

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.

1  Thank karenpammy2016
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