Although its hours are limited, this center’s two free weekly activities and the small but well-curated cultural exhibitions merit a stop here before or after your Waimea Canyon expedition. The “Keepers of the Culture” displays include vintage photos, artifacts, and panels on Waimea’s natural and cultural history, from traditional Hawaiian practices such as salt-making and herbal medicine to the arrival of Captain Cook, the sugar plantation era, paniolo (cowboy) culture, and the modern Pacific Missile Range Facility. Kids will more likely enjoy the lei-making class, which takes place at 10am Friday from March to mid-October (when fresh blossoms are available); admission is by donation, but you need to reserve by phone the week before. On Monday, a free guided walking tour of historic Waimea Town explores its ancient Hawaiian roots and modern history with stops at the Captain Cook monument, missionary churches, and picturesque Waimea Pier. It starts at 8:30am and lasts about 3 hours; reservations are required by noon the Friday before.