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A History of the Area: North Shore Princeville on the way to Hanalei

Long before Captain James Cook landed on Kaua’i in 1778, Hawaiians farmed the lush lands of Hanalei with irrigated taro fields while harvesting the ocean's riches abound. Cattle ranching began only after 1830 when westerners slowly trickled into the island.

A Scot by the name of Robert Crichton Wyllie acquired the land near Hanalei in 1853. Soon, he would name his sugar plantation Princeville, in honor of Prince Albert Edward Kauileaouli, son of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV. Sadly, the Prince died at the tender age of four in 1862. Princeville became a ranch decades later in 1895 when missionary son Albert S. Wilcox bought the plantation.

Today, Princeville at Hanalei is a thriving, vibrant modern community, culturally diverse and committed to preserving the island's beauty and environment. It is as Robert Crichton Wyllie described hundred years before, "a setting of marvelous beauty and calm." It is the perfect place to enjoy the natural wonder of Kaua’i.