Russian Fort Elizabeth

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Russian Fort Elizabeth

Russian Fort Elizabeth Professional Review and Guide

"Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park is the site of a little known and surprising slice of Hawaiian history. The town of Waimea was a major port in the 1800s, a time when Russia, represented by the Russian-American Company, needed a stopover for ships carrying supplies to fur trappers and traders in Alaska.

In 1815 it sent George Schaeffer to forge an alliance with King Kaumuali’i of Kaua’i to build a fort at Waimea in exchange for helping Kaumuali’i to overthrow King Kamehameha I. The fort was begun, and named Fort Elizabeth in honor of the czarina, but the Americans soon saw to it that Schaeffer was evicted, and the Russians never came. There isn’t much left but the outer walls because the fort was dismantled in 1864, but there is an interpretive panel to help you picture it as it was."

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20-30 minutes
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources; (808) 274-3444;
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USGS Hanapepe and Kekaha, though neither is really needed
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Jul 2018