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.

Friday, March 6, 4:30-6:00 pm, at the Kauai Historical Society office and lobby of the Historic County Building


Kekaha Plantation’s History Preserved in Maps: A Complete Catalog. Saved from being dumped, about 1,000 maps and engineering drawings from Kekaha Plantation are now preserved and cataloged at the Kauai Historical Society. Archivists Malina Pereza and Marianne Buley identified key descriptions and data from the documents, entered them into our database and filed them in archive drawers. These chronicles of land division, infrastructure, construction, and field engineering will be useful in planning future development of Kekaha. In memory of Malina, Marianne Buley and the Kauai Historical Society will provide a glimpse of this large segment of island history that is now preserved.

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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!

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

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