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Kokee Natural History Museum

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Address: Kokee State Park, Hwy 550, Kekaha, Kauai, HI 96752
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+1 808-335-9975

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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A good stop on the way up!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
William Z
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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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.

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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 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

The Kokee Natural History Museum is at the top of the drive to Waimea Canyon and makes a nice stop on the journey. The museum has some excellent exhibits related to the local environment and interests. Worth the stop on your trip to the canyon!.

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Lynnwood, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

We stopped at the state park, primarily to roll the pennies in the pressed penny machine at the Kokee Natural History Museum. We ended up wandering through the museum and browsing the gift shop for a half hour, and enjoyed the informative diversion. The museum has a great exhibit on the hurricanes that have hit Kauai, the damage they caused,... More 

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

Thank you for enjoying the museum as well as collecting your souvenir pressed penny! More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is a sad little building in the picnic area. There is a nature trail behind it, that was more interesting. It is a unique opportunity to inform and inspire people about the unique biology of Hawaii, especially the endemic native birds and plants. However, the government seems to have underfunded and understaffed the effort. It's still worth a stop... More 

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