Visiting Kokee State Park and its neighbor, Waimea Canyon, top my list of what you must do on your Kauai vacation. While you are there, pop into the Kokee Museum where you’ll very interesting displays and exhibits on:
- Hawaiian culture, history and legends
- native plants, birds and animals found in the park
- Kauai’s unique weather patterns and micro-climates
- Kauai’s geography
- local crafts
- Souvenirs are available for purchase.
Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks are a hiker’s paradise, but trail conditions can vary from day to day. The helpful experts at the Kokee Museum can offer advice on the parks’ trail conditions and difficulties. (Trail maps are available for purchase.) During the summer months, the museum offers easy to moderate free guided hikes appropriate for kids and adults. For more information call 808-335-9975.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm and admission is free. Though the museum is rather small, it is packed full of fascinating facts. I’d suggest you plan about 15 to 30 minutes to see the museum. You’ll find this museum just past mile marker 15 Kokee Road. See more photos of this little gem of a museum.
Before you plan your visit, don’t miss these useful tips for visiting Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks.