Visitors to Kilohana Plantation are offered a glimpse into Kauai’s agricultural history. Built by Gaylord Parke Wilcox in 1935, the 16,000 square foot tudor style mansion was thought to be one of the most beautiful in all of Hawaii with lavish grounds and furniture, a reflection of the prosperity brought by sugar. Once sugarcane was king on Kauai and covered large plantations of land throughout the island. The mansion was severely damaged by Hurricane Iwa in 1983, but has been completely restored, rooms that once served as the family homestead are now repurposed as a gift shop, galleries, a lounge and award winning Gaylord’s Restaurant.
Kilohana Plantation was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1974 and named a State of Hawaii Historic Landmark in 1993.
Kauai Plantation Railway takes you on a 40-minute tour of the 105 acre Historic Kilohana Sugar Plantation – the Conductor-Narrator will introduce you to herds of Wild Pigs, Goats and Sheep – feed them if you wish, you will also see Cattle and Clydesdales. Travel through fields of fruit orchards, fields including pineapples and learn about Kauai’s agriculture history. Combined with a hike into the enchanted Kahuna Nui Valley – see amazing floral canopies, tropical forest, feed wild peacocks and play on rope swings. Enjoy your gourmet deli lunch under the shade of Norfolk Pine Trees.
Luau Kalamaku (Kauai’s Only Theatrical Luau) is now offered at the plantation on Tuesday evenings – or for added romance reserve the Plantation Owner’s Evening where you will be greeted with a fresh floral lei and champagne.
Koloa Rum Company established in 2009 has won numerous awards – tasting room and company store.
I encourage you to take time to visit Kilohana Plantation during your visit to the island of Kauai and take a glimpse of Kauai’s past.
Kilohana Plantation is located on Route 50, 1.4 miles north of Lihue- (808) 245-5608
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