KAPAA, Hawaii -- The Kauai Historical Society introduced a
90-minute walking tour highlighting the history of this town on the
island's eastern shore.
The tour costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age
of 12, said Mary Requilman, managing director for the Kauai
Reservations are required for the tour, which runs on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. The tour leaves from the Kapaa
History Shop in the Kawamura building at 1484 Kuhio Highway in
The new tour is the second history tour sponsored by the
historical society. The society's other tour is at the sand dunes
at the the Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa at Poipu.
That tour lasts from one to three hours and includes information
on the geological, biological and anthropological history of the
The new tour in Kapaa focuses on the agriculture, archaeology
and geology of the area, but also includes some information on
Hawaiian legends; historical buildings and architecture, and the
nearby mountain ranges, said Requilman.
"It's a history tour, so it's not really for kids," said
Requilman. "We start off in the late 1800s when King Kalakaua
arrived in Kauai to attempt sugar growing," said Requilman.
Kalakaua pulled out after two seasons and let another
businessman from Maui take over.
"So we have sugar for a while, then we talk about rice barons
and then we talk about how the pineapple industry really took off
until it folded in the late 1960s," said Requilman.
"Foreign competition folded pineapple in Kapaa and they said the
town of Kappa was going to fold, too, but it didn't," she said.
The tour includes a beach walk and a look at the former
pineapple canning site.
Call the Kauai Historical Society for reservations at (808)
245-3373 or the Kapaa History Shop at (808) 821-1778.