The Kokee Museum has a wealth of information about Kauai’s beautiful Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon and the surrounding area. A number of interesting exhibits at the museum provide insight into the region’s history, geography, flora, native birds, hiking trails, hunting opportunities and why there are old telephone poles in the middle of the Alakai Swamp. The museum is for everyone who has a yearning to learn more about this beautiful area.
The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the area and will be happy to answer your questions. Those with questions about the area’s hiking trails and current conditions will find definitive answers here.
Don’t let the small size of the museum fool you. There’s enough in-depth information here for at least an hour or two of perusal. Plus, the Kokee Museum Shop has a nice assortment of local art, prints, books, shell jewelry, walking sticks, t-shirts and more for your attention.
The museum is located in a beautiful meadow that will have you believing you are in a mountain setting. Next door is the Kokee Lodge Restaurant. Also on the property are cabins that are available for rent and a campground. Nearby are some of the island’s most scenic attractions, including Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Lookout.
Admission is free, though suggested donations of $5 at the door will help support the museum as it receives no government funding. The museum is open every day of the year from 9AM to 4PM.
On the Web: www.kokee.org
The most definitive information about hiking trails in the area can be found at the museum.
Look closely and may see some of these birds on area trails.
You may see hunters on area trails, especially the Alakai Swamp Trail.
Next door to the museum is the Kokee Lodge Restaurant. Notice the Kauai chickens in the foreground.