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Kokee Natural History Museum

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Address: Kokee State Park, after 15 mile marker, Hwy 550, Kekaha, Kauai, HI 96752
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+1 808-335-9975
09:00 - 04:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 04:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Kokeʻe Natural History Museum

Kokeʻe Natural History Museum, located just...

Kokeʻe Natural History Museum

Kokeʻe Natural History Museum, located just past mile marker 15 on the road up to Waimea Canyon, is open 365 days a year from 9am to 4:30pm. Kokeʻe Museum provides trail information and sells maps trail maps. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are happy to help you decide on the trail(s) for you and advise you of current conditions and hazards. Exhibits give visitors an overview of the natural and cultural history of Waimea Canyon and Kokeʻe State Parks. The gift shop carries unique t-shirts and gifts as well as informative books, recordings, and DVDs that illuminate the natural and cultural treasures of Kaua'i. Admission: donation.

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Little Museum

This little Museum is a nice quick stop when visiting Koke'e State Park. They have a number of displays as well as books, artwork, and other items for sale.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rodney B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little Museum is a nice quick stop when visiting Koke'e State Park. They have a number of displays as well as books, artwork, and other items for sale.

Thank Rodney B
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pauellete, the lady at front desk, was so well informed about the canyons and where to go. I am so grateful for these individuals that have the entire state park memorized. The books are curated and the do a great job. I doubt these are books you'll easily find on Amazon, so take advantage. Enjoy the stop!

Thank Mahadeva3
Wausau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are heading up Waimea Canyon to the vistas or hiking trails stop here for advice and a trail map. It is a small museum but the people here were very helpful in planning our day hikes. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and the hikes range from easy walks to the vista to strenuous hikes, so check things out... More 

Thank WisconsinGail
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I went into the Kokee Natual History Museum to ask for some advice on some local hiking trails. The museum was really interesting and fun to look around, and there was a very helpful map I purchased for $3. That said, the woman working at the museum was incredibly rude and unfriendly. She had a really nasty disposition, spoke condescendingly... More 

Thank Paul S
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This museum functions as a much needed rest-stop and hikers' info booth, but it is much more than that. The exhibits are well worth a few minutes to browse, and the store has a good variety of gifts and supplies. The staff is very knowledgeable about the various trails and will give you good advice about weather and trail conditions.... More 

Thank William Z
Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The gift shop was top notch. There were several interesting displays of flora and fauna. The staff were helpful and friendly.

Thank pebblesplace
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Located right next Koke'e Lodge this cute and very informative little museum is a nice stop. Take a stroll through the museum, read some exhibit information and check out the gift shop. The ladies in there are super sweet.

Thank Mike O
Murrieta, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

A small, modest museum located next to the Lodge at Koke'e. Worth a stop to see the exhibits and browse the gift shop on the way to the Kalalau Lookout.

Thank SoCalOregonian
Snohomish, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a fine stop along the road up Waimea Canyon. It is a cute little unassuming museum that is nevertheless quite informative.

Thank ALFriedman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Driving up Waimea canyon, the temperature begins to cool down. The lushness of the plant life is a sharp contrast to the city of Waimea below. Arriving at the museum, we are greeted by fresh, cooling breezes. The museum is modest in size and scope. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable. A gentleman in line ahead of me bought a map... More 

Thank Lee W
Chris F, Manager at Kokee Natural History Museum, responded to this review

Kokee is a beautiful place and we are pleased you found it and the museum to be worth a visit! Enjoy your Varez print! Much aloha and hope you visit again! More 

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