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In 1778, the British sailor Captain James Cook sailed into Waimea Harbor and forever changed the history of Hawaii. The Captain Cook Monument, is located in downtown Waimea and is set facing the ocean.
In the early 1800's, the Russian empire joined forces with the king of Kauai to build a fort in Waimea Bay in an effort to claim the islands for Russia. Before Fort Elisabeth was finished, the Russians pulled out and the fort was eventually dismantled.
New England missionaries arrived in 1820 and set up Kauai's first Christian mission and churches, many of which still stand today. Later, Chinese, Europeans, Japanese and Norweigens came to Waimea and established businesses still in operation.
Historical seaport town.
Self-guided walking tour of downtown begins at Waimea Public Library and travels through the historic buildings of the city - guide books can be purchased at businesses and at the Kauai Historical Society.
Other sites of interest: Captain Cook Monument, Menehune Ditch, Waimea Swinging Bridge, and Waimea River.