Walking through Kauai's history

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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 Historical Society.

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 Kapaa.

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 area.

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.

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