Kilohana Plantation Estate
Kilohana Plantation Estate
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10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Chris L
    Elk Grove, California17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds!
    Beautiful grounds! Lush, green and gorgeous! We weren't able to sign up for a rum tasting as it was quite crowded and the next one was going to be a 90 minute wait. We did explore the shops and surroundings. Beautiful bar/lounge area and the restaurant, Gaylord's, looked very inviting. We did visit the Sweet Shop and purchased the Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramels. Yes, you may sample the flavors!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Tony A
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning surroundings
    My wife and I went on the train ride, lunch, and nature tour. It was very interesting and absolutely beautiful. The grounds are kept immaculate (like Disney World). Our guide was Paul and he did a fantastic job of identifying trees and vegetation as well as providing much humor in his presentation. He may be vertically challenged, but he is a giant of knowledge regarding this plantation. I highly recommend this adventure.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • tkhalaska
    Eagle River, Alaska17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full Refund
    This article is more about how the business is run than the actual plantation. We were going to visit Lihue via cruise ship and due to weather this port stop was cancelled. We tend to like to plan our time ashore on our own and I had purchased tickets online. I emailed them and requested a refund due to circumstances beyond our control, we discovered 12 hours prior to our scheduled arrival we would not be there and their refund window was 48 hours. They gave me a full refund immediately, literally the next day. Even though we didn't get to see the sights this time around, I will be visiting them the next time.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Victor L
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Laidback Outing
    Laidback outing riding a train through a former sugar can plantation. Learn about the history of the sugar industry in Kauai and how that has disappeared and what new transformations have replaced these plantations. The restaurant Gaylord’s on the premises is a hidden gem.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2024
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Victor L
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Laidback outing riding a train through a former sugar can plantation. Learn about the history of the sugar industry in Kauai and how that has disappeared and what new transformations have replaced these plantations.
The restaurant Gaylord’s on the premises is a hidden gem.
Written 22 February 2024
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tkhalaska
Eagle River, AK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This article is more about how the business is run than the actual plantation. We were going to visit Lihue via cruise ship and due to weather this port stop was cancelled. We tend to like to plan our time ashore on our own and I had purchased tickets online. I emailed them and requested a refund due to circumstances beyond our control, we discovered 12 hours prior to our scheduled arrival we would not be there and their refund window was 48 hours. They gave me a full refund immediately, literally the next day. Even though we didn't get to see the sights this time around, I will be visiting them the next time.
Written 4 December 2023
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Bean-Buggles
Plumsteadville, PA401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did the train, hike, and lunch tour with Paul as our guide. The tour is 3hrs 40 minutes. The grounds are beautiful and meticulously maintained. This tour covers over two miles of easy walking but is not in the shade for most of it. We were not able to try much of the fruit as it was between seasons; we only tried midnight valencia orange and a cara cara orange along with an egg fruit. Our guide was Paul, who did a good job of gauging the needs of the people on the tour as some with little kids left after lunch. The lunch was delicious. We fed the pigs, cows, donkeys, and alpacas after lunch. The animals were absolutely adorable, with one of the cows being hysterically trained to eat as many treats as possible. Tiny, the train conductor, was super informative. The tour was too slow paced for us, but understandable given the size of the group. We were also super disappointed that the fruits were not in season as it was the sole reason we booked the tour. After the tour we did the 25 minute free Koalo Rum tasting. Note that children are not allowed in the tasting but ours are old enough to entertain themselves on the grounds playing cards and exploring. The tasting was good, the bartender was great. This is a true tasting room so no alcohol can be ordered. But the rum is incredible- especially the coffee and cacao! You don’t get to try the coffee rum but you can buy the samples in the gift shop and taste it in the lounge. The gift shop has great stuff at reasonable prices. We also stopped in at Kauai Sweet Shoppe, which mostly sells caramels flavored with several flavors (samples are provided) and dark chocolate bark. We also ordered a flight of three rums at the lounge; coffee, cacao, and spice, $10 each, along with the non alcoholic Kauai Tai for the kids. There are stores inside the large plantation building but they are a bit pricey. An enjoyable few hours but definitely geared toward tourists.
Written 23 August 2023
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Chris F
South Lake Tahoe, CA9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Took the train ride. It was pretty fun and informative. The train takes a couple of small loops around the nearby property, showing fruit orchards and animal ranching activities on the property.
Written 4 August 2023
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Tony A
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My wife and I went on the train ride, lunch, and nature tour. It was very interesting and absolutely beautiful. The grounds are kept immaculate (like Disney World). Our guide was Paul and he did a fantastic job of identifying trees and vegetation as well as providing much humor in his presentation. He may be vertically challenged, but he is a giant of knowledge regarding this plantation. I highly recommend this adventure.
Written 7 June 2023
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Chris L
Elk Grove, CA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Beautiful grounds! Lush, green and gorgeous! We weren't able to sign up for a rum tasting as it was quite crowded and the next one was going to be a 90 minute wait. We did explore the shops and surroundings. Beautiful bar/lounge area and the restaurant, Gaylord's, looked very inviting. We did visit the Sweet Shop and purchased the Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramels. Yes, you may sample the flavors!
Written 28 May 2023
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Peggy P
Washington46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Close your eyes and pretend you lived in this beautiful plantaton home that now houses one on the best resturants on the island. Outstand food, and tropical drinks. Take in the variety of shops on the upper level, walk the grounds, and taste the great KOLA Rum.
Written 5 March 2023
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KAC
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Especially if you have kiddos, take the train ride before you go eat at Gaylords. Fun little trip around the property to see and feed the animals before you have a truly memorable meal at Gaylords -- food is top-notch!
Written 27 February 2023
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Deepti416
Toronto, Canada69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A Out of Africa moment at the Kilohana plantation estate for me. We spent 2.5 hrs touring the orchards and tasting all the fruit! The train was used in the movie Jungle Cruise! Paul our guide was entertaining and informative! A highlight of my visit to Hawaii!
Written 14 February 2023
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tinytaigaaustin
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Beautiful, well-maintained grounds. The estate home housed a great restaurant and a few cute stores. I bought too many adorable dresses in the store upstairs and had a delicious lunch of fresh Ahi tuna. There was a rum-tasting building and a train that toured the grounds, A worthwhile experience!
Written 20 January 2023
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