What to Expect
Waimea, Southwest Kauai
This Russian fort was built by George Scheffer in 1816 with the assistance of the Kauai King Kaumuali'i. Officially Kauai had pledged allegiance to King Kamehameha, however, Kaumuali'i thought he could reclaim his kingdom with the help of Russia. When Russian heard of Scheffer's promises and plans, they sent a ship to bring him back home. He fled to O'ahu and finally to Brazil. Today the fort is merely remnants of the stone foundation.
Take Highway 50 west from Hanapepe toward Waimea. The fort is located on the left just past Mile Marker #22.
Self-guided tour with informational plaques