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“Pretty place to waste a little time”

Kilohana Plantation Estate
Ranked #11 of 59 things to do in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built in the 1930's, Kilohana Plantation is a historic landmark and premier visitor attraction offering visitors and locals a glimpse into Kauai's past combined with assorted island-style activities, dining and shopping. Ride on our Kauai Plantation Railway, winding its way through the plantation's working farms and orchards. Learn about Kauai's history, enjoy the beautiful views and stop to feed the pigs! Take the afternoon to stroll the grounds and explore the 16,000 sq. foot plantation home. Stop in at Koloa Rum Co. for a rum tasting or for a full "Rum & Dining Experience." Visit the various artisan shops located around the grounds and both upstairs and downstairs in the home. Established in 1986, Gaylord's restaurant is a Kauai tradition. Set in the courtyard of the estate, it offers fresh, island-inspired food and beverages for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Make lunch a part of your fun afternoon on the estate or make reservations for a romantic dinner. Memorable by day, unforgettable by night. Or check out Happy Hour in the new Mahiko Lounge. Luau Kalamaku is Kauai's only theatrical luau telling the story of the original Tahitian voyage to the Hawaiian islands. An interactive experience, it offers all the exciting luau features including an imu ceremony, torch lighting, Polynesian knife dance and of course traditional music & hula. Choose one or all of the features that Kilohana Plantation has to offer. Open daily, you'll love the chance to see a piece of Kauai's history while experiencing the best of the island today!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The house is lovely as are the grounds. The train ride was a waste unless you have children. You ride around looking at fruit trees and then stop to feed a donkey, some goats and wild pigs. (Ask fir kama'aina rates if you are a local.) A few interesting shops. Enjoyed the rum tasting. Had an unpleasant lunch at the restaurant.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Besides the typical store selling touristy kitsch, this plantation offers a paved walkway through coffee trees with informative signs about growing and harvesting coffee. The self-guided walk takes about 15-minutes and is a nice way to stretch your legs.

Then go through the store to a patio area where 8-10 carafes are available for tasting different coffee blends. The coffee is free but there's also a window for buying something to eat. This is a low-key no-pressure stop where you can learn a bit about coffee; if you come with a tour you might be lucky to have a guide and learn more than the simple signs convey.

The parking lot is huge and I assume the place can become very busy when tour buses arrive. But for us, this was a nice side-stop for getting out of the car and walking around a bit.

1  Thank dixiedorena
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

We arrived by the Hop on Hop off bus. It has lovely gardens. Once there we took the train ride (US$17.00 - good for families with kids. Other than a lovely open area of parkland, there wasn't that much to do. Kids would enjoy the pigs and goats. They do have a Rum tasting tour (more money) which we didn't do. Then there is a restaurant if you need to eat. I believe it has a Luau at night, we were only there in the day. I wouldn't need to go again!

Thank Veronica L
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Happy Hour at the Lounge was Amazing!!! Great shops, Beautiful restaurant (Gaylords). Also the Koloa Rum Tasting & shops was awesome! Lots to see!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Our family visited on two occasions. We could not get lunch as it was closed to a private party. Twice we tried for a train ride and it was closed, and closed for luau guests. We were able to get Rum tasting 1 of 2 tries.

Thank smcconmoon
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