The west side of Kauai offers a vast range of educational Hawaiian landmarks. On the west side of Kauai, tourists can visit tourism destinations such as Waimea Town, Hanapepe Town, Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon. A British sailor called Captain James Cook in the year of 1778 founds Waimea Town. Tourists can take part in the self-guided tours around the town. The self guided tour starts at the Waimea Public Library. During the self-guided tour, you can view the scenery of the historical buildings. If you want to learn more about the history of the town, you can visit the Kauai Historical Society. While at the town, you can visit the Menehune Road. The Menehune Road is said to be built by a leprechaun people called Menehune according to the local legend. The ditch at the Menehune Rod is about 60 feet long. At the site, there is an informational plaque built during the 1928. Near the Menehune Ditch, there is the Swinging Bridge. The Swinging Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects the two banks of the river.
Hanapepe Town is small town located near to the Lihue airport. The best way to explore the town is to take part in the walking tour. If you want to explore Hanapepe town on foot, you must reference the Hanapepe walking tour map. You can obtain the Hanapepe walking tour map at the shop in the downtown area. Many visitor guidebook include a full color town map. You can begin exploring the Hanapepe Town at the swinging bridge. However, you can begin the walking tout at the Hanapepe Road. The major landmark of Hanapepe town is the Hanapepe River. If you want to view the river, you can walk on this bridge.
Kokee State Park is located near the Kokee Museum. There are many trails, which visitors can hike at the Kokee State Park including Cliff Canyon, Halemanu, Waininiua, Berry Flat Trail, Nualolo Loop, Kaluapuhi Trail and Pihea Alakaii Trail. Guided hikes are available in the summer months. When going hiking at the stat park, be sure to always remain on the trail. The hike trails are developed from lava that are not firm so you must be careful. Cell phones cannot get connection in the Kokee State Park.
Waimea Canyon is a beautiful canyon that is about 14 miles long and 3600 feet deep. If you visit the canyon, you can view the scenery of Kauai. The road at Waimea Canyon will lead to the Kokee State Park.