This structure may not be a treat for the eye, but it has a long and colorful past. Built by Georg Anton Schaeffer in the ... More
Russian Fort Elisabeth
This structure may not be a treat for the eye, but it has a long and colorful past. Built by Georg Anton Schaeffer in the early part of the 19th century, it was the symbol of an iffy alliance between the Russian diplomat and Kauai's King Kaumualii. Kaumalii and the formidable Kamehameha, king of the other islands, united in 1816 and sent the Russians packing. The Hawaiians then proceeded to complete construction. The fort was used as a military facility for years, and in 1966 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Take the tour offered by the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center. We were lucky to have as our tour guide the director of the center who gave us a wonderful tour of not only the Russian fort but Waimea with a historical perspective and local focus.
On the western shore of Kauai, the AstonWaimea Plantation Cottages are situated on what used to be a sugar plantation,
features a near century old coconut grove by a black sand beach, and is approximately 26 miles from Lihue ...