Since Hawaiian first traversed the Pacific generations ago and settled on Kaua`i, the Garden Island has woven a deep history that is still relevant to life on Kaua`i today. Hawaiians continued living on Kaua`i undisturbed for a very long time, using heiaus as sacred temples and utilizing the land for growing food and catching fish in the ocean. When first contact was made by Captain James Cook in historic Waimea Town, it set off a series of events that would forever change all of the islands.
Koloa Town would become the first sugar plantation town in the state, a trend that would spread to each island. Today, home to the first sugar plantation is one of Kaua`i's claim to fame and can still be experienced on the south side. Nearby on the east side in Lihue, Kilohana Plantation offers a window into the past, as the former mansion belonging to a sugar lord serves as home to unique boutiques and other shops. Much of the original decor and furniture can still be found in the house. For a more traditional Hawaiian attraction, stop by the Menehune Fishpond in Lihue. This holds a history rich in legend and myth that say a group of little people called menehune built the pond in one night for a prince and princess.
For historic attractions island wide, 10 Best is pointing you in the best direction to experience an array of different elements of Kaua`i's past. So grab the camera and hit the road to find the best of Kaua`i's history.