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Kaua’i Museum Collections


April 6, 1936 – Loading Cane – Hanamaulu Kauai T.H. – Nawiliwili Studio

This plantation partially owned by Lihu’e Plantation in 1876 with mill belonging to GN Wilcox from Glasgow, Scotland for Grove Farm that was having problems with milling contracts with LP. Solved before machinery arrived, so Hanamaūlu plantation was set up independently on Lihu’e Plantation lands with Albert Spencer Wilcox manager. Eventually turned back over to Lihuʻe. Note in LP that mill train went to Lihuʻe mill. The factory burned down, the rest of the buildings used as repair shop buildings thereafter – called Hanamaūlu Shop. Buildings were still there in 2009.

Kaua'i Museum opened it`s doors on October of 1960 with a simple mission of telling the story of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau which it still continues to do today. It`s collections include:

Our Archives Department is by appointment only and must be made at least a month in advance. $12 per digital photocopy on a CD. Please email our Archives Department for assistance.

Permanent Exhibitions

The exhibits in our Main Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery changes regularly.

The Story of Kaua'i

Surf Exhibit

Harvesting Cane, line of cane cutters in the middle ground

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