Kaua‘i is visually stunning and rich in history from ancient to modern times. Stone works and taro terraces tell its history and you’ll also find it in letters among missionary families, in milling stones saved from early sugar plantation days and in the first-hand accounts of Kauaians who recall defensive barbed-wire fences strung on beaches during World War II.

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The Kauai Historical Society is seeking applications from qualified persons to serve as Administrative Director and librarian for the Society’s research library and archive on the history of Kaua’i and Ni’ihau. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please email cover letter and resume to khsposting@gmail.com Duties include:

  • Apply for and administer grants
  • Serve as librarian for Society’s publicly accessible research library and archive
  • Administer operations of the organization, including budgeting and expenditures
  • Organize and implement Society projects and programs
  • Manage publications programs
  • Oversee office operations and supervise staff and volunteers

Desirable qualifications:

  • Grant-writing experience
  • Library or archives experience
  • Familiarity with history and culture of Hawaii and Kaua’i
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Good management skills
  • Work experience with a non-profit
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Fund-raising experience


Cleopatra's Barge of Salem
Image from a painting by G.
Ropes entitled – Cleopatra’s
Barge of Salem – 1818. From
the Peabody Essex Museum.

Our Physical address is: Historic County Building 4396 Rice Street Suite 101 Lihue, HI 96766 Hours of Operation Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Research by appointment only. ($35 research fee for non-member, free for members) You can find this and more at the Kaua‘i Historical Society. Please join us on our journey to collect and preserve the unique history of Kaua‘i. At the Kaua‘i Historical Society, we’re bringing history to life!

Kaua‘i Historical Society P.O. Box 1778, Lihu‘e, HI 96766 Telephone: (808) 245-3373 Fax: (808) 245-8693 Email: info@kauaihistoricalsociety.org
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