What a treat to learn more about the historic town of Waimea from a woman who grew up in the area. This tour is available Mondays at 9:30am, and is about 3 hours long. Â The first hour of the tour takes place inside the West Kauai Technology and Visitorâ€™s Center, which is easy to find along the highway, at the corner of Waimea Canyon Road.Â This is where you sign in and meet your guide. Â The hour is spent going through artifacts and old photos.Â There are chairs around the museum area, in case you need to sit for a bit.Â The information would be fairly standard, except for Puna, the charming guide with a great sense of humor!
There is so much information in the fairly short session.Â Who are the pioneers of the Waimea area?Â What are the attitudes of the modern descendants of the ancient Hawaiian people? How did they regard the land, the aina? What happened when the native people encountered Western civilization through the sailing ships and missionaries who arrived Hawaii?
In case you were wondering about the strenuousness of the walking portion of the tour, our group included a spunky 91 year old lady from Chicago. She led the pack most of the way.
The walk took us past rebuilt churches and businesses damaged in hurricane Iniki.Â The tour will take you through a garden of beautiful orchids and hibiscus in all the colors of a rainbow.
If you wish to take this Monday morning tour, it is free, but you have to call
808 338-1332 to make a reservation.
Don’t forget theÂ Waimea Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonyand theÂ Waimea Town Christmas Parade