The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center has opened its doors in 1999 in beautiful Waimea Town located on the westside of the Garden Island. The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center features exhibits and programs reflecting the multi-ethnic diversity of its historical and present agricultural community. Static exhibits and displays, based on themes relevant to visitors and residents alike, are changed periodically to reflect the time of year, local celebrations, ancient Hawaiian traditional lifestyles, and the ethnic diversity of the West Kauai community.
The center also has a video presentation about the island. Computers with free Internet access are available and the center manages a conference room with tele-conferencing capability for a fee and advance booking.
Historic Waimea Walking Tour
Mondays at 9:30am. Registration is required for participation and Special Group tours are available. Take a 2 hour walk back through time in the place where Captain Cook first landed in Waimea. Where the agricultural landscape changed from taro to rice to corn, watered by an intricate ditch system with a marvelous history dating back to the time of the legendary menehune. Learn about the last King of Kauai, the missionaries, and other famous citizens of Waimea along with the landmarks they left behind. Enjoy a taste of the past in one of the most historic towns in all of Hawaii.
Special Annual Events
The First Hawaiian Bank Hat Lei Contest held every February during the Waimea Town Celebration.
People of all ages are encouraged to participate and there are categories for non-floral leis in respect for the season. Along with the leis, a Hawaiian cultural fair is held outdoors to celebrate our kupuna (elders) and their traditional arts and crafts. The Cultural Fair is sponsored by Kauai Economic Development Board and the Waimea Town Celebration sponsored by West Kauai Business & Professional Association.
March - November at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required for participation. A unique cultural experience is offered weekly and each class offers a hands-on opportunity to make a lei and fabric flower, learn how taro is made into poi and how salt is made here on Kaua`i in the traditional way. Lei making is designed for the beginner and is fun for the whole family. Learn the basic techniques of lei making and fabric flower so that you can make these at home. Learn about the cultivation of taro and its significance to the culture and also its nutritional value. Learn how salt is made in earth pans where sea water evaporates forming salt crystals an invaluable gift of the sea
9:30 a.m. Walking Tour
Local residents demonstrating Lei making and Poi making.