5 Educational Things to Do In Kauai With Kids

In Blogs, Eastside Places, Places, South Shore Places, West Kauai Places by Makana Charters

If you are looking for things to do in kauai with the kids, these places are a great opportunity for everyone in the family to learn something together. Kauai has a rich history and culture that is unlike many other places on earth.  Even the island of Kauai has unique traditions to the other Hawaiian islands, so it’s worth learning about each one.

The following things to do in Kauai with the kids make up a short list of interesting activities that also stimulate the mind.  The kids’ won’t even consider it learning, since they will be immersed in island classroom.  We’ll keep it a secret if you do 🙂

The Entrance off the highway, just across the river from the town of Waimea.

The Entrance off the highway, just across the river from the town of Waimea.

#1 Russian Fort

The Russian fort is an historic example of the 1800’s military extensions around the Pacific.  Before the USA took military control, several Russian outposts were created on Kauai.  Today you can view the ruins, which also has a beautiful view of the ocean and the town of Waimea.  Read more about the Russian Fort here.

#2 Kaua’i Museum 

If the weather is stormy all over the island, this is a great activity for both kids and adults.  The Kaua’i Museum shares thousands of years of history of hte island with both visitors and residents daily.

The Kaua'i Museum in Lihue

The Kaua’i Museum in Lihue

Here you can see artifacts from Hawaiian and immigrant culture.  Many do not know the history of the island, which is rich with many stories and legends, all worth finding out more about.  We won’t spoil the surprise for you, just to say that if you have an interest in history and culture, you will not want to miss the Kaua’i Museum.  Located on Rice Street in the heart of Lihue, next to the county building.

#3 Kauai Mini Golf 

Who knew that playing mini golf could be educational?  At Kaua’i Mini Golf in Kilauea, you can do just that.  The course is part family fun, part interpretive walk.  Each hole features a different native plant, with plaques describing the plant and its’ traditional use.  Kids will love the challenging course, and parents will love the fact that, even if they aren’t consciously reading the signs, the kids will be introduced to Kauai’s native flora.

One of the interpretive signs you will see on each hole along the way while playing Mini GolfOne of the interpretive signs you will see on each hole along the way while playing Mini Golf

#4 Kilohana Plantation

This large estate is a beautiful remnant of Kauai’s plantation culture of the early 1900’s.  The home is over 16,000 square feet with fantastic food and drink options – even a rum tasting room where parents can sample local rum!  Kids will love the train ride that leads around the property, while a tour guide shares interpretive insights along the journey.

#5 Menehune Ditch

The Menehune Ditch may seem like just another ditch, but it’s the size of the ditch, the tunnel it leads to, and the local legend behind it that is interesting.  Just down the Waimea river from our Check in office is a small roadside sign for the Menehune Ditch.  There is also a plaque telling the story of the mythical Menehune people, a smaller race of local Hawaiians rumored to have lived here before European contact.  The legend has it that the Menehune ditch was built by these people hundreds of years ago, whereby they had a hand in helping to irrigate the dry west side.  You and your family can see for yourselves and judge whether or not the legend is true based on what you see!

The commerative plaque at the site of the Menehune Ditch

The commerative plaque at the site of the Menehune Ditch

Looking for even more things to do? Check out our related post, Top Things To Do On Kauai: Family Activities