LIHUE — “We came once for a school field trip,” said Liza Maus on Saturday at the Grove Farm Homestead Museum. “Today was Museum Day Live and there was no admission. It’s really nice to see everything again.”
In conjunction with the Smithsonian magazine, Grove Farm Homestead Museum offered free self-guided tours through its property on Nawiliwili Road and extended the offer to the locomotive yard on Haleko Road.
“It might be Museum Day Live, but it’s also an important date for the Grove Farm locomotives,” said Scott Johnson, the Grove Farm engineer. “On this date in 1881, Princess (she was not a queen, yet) Liliuokalani was on Kauai, and when the people trying to get Kilauea Sugar railroad put in found out, they got her to pound the first spike in that railroad.”
Built in 1854, the Grove Farm museum is a historical agricultural site at 4050 Nawiliwili Road.