Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park / Pāʻulaʻula


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Russian Fort Elizabeth is the site of a short-lived venture by Russia in Hawaii and is a National Landmark operated as a state park. It is made of basalt boulders, stacked without mortar, combining Hawaiian and Russian design.


Built in 1817 by Schäffer, a Russian agent, it was attempt by the chief of Kauai to regain control of the island from Kamehameha with the assistance of the Tsar. It reverted to the Kingdom of Hawaii under Kamehameha later that same year when it was discovered that Schäffer did not have the backing of the Tsar.


The fort was used by the Hawaiians and abandoned by 1853. Today, it’s and organized pile of rubble with a self-guided walk by the sea.


Kauai Posts:

  • Wailua Falls
  • Lihue Plantation Hanama‘ulu Ditch
  • ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls
  • Wailua River State Park
  • Mount Waiʻaleʻale
  • Fuji Beach
  • Moloa’a Beach
  • Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kīlauea Lighthouse
  • Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wai’oli Hui’ia Church
  • Waimea Canyon State Park: Red Dirt Falls
  • Waimea Canyon State Park: Waimea Canyon Lookout
  • Waimea Canyon State Park: Waipo’o Falls
  • Kōkeʻe State Park: Kalalau Lookout
  • Kōkeʻe State Park: Pu’u O Kila Lookout
  • Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
  • Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
  • Koloa Heritage Trail: Spouting Horn
  • Koloa Heritage Trail: Keoneloa Bay
  • Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park


Location: Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, HI 96796

Designation: State Historical Park, National Historic Landmark

Date of my visit: April 19, 2019



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