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Address: 4050 Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone Number: +1 808-245-3202
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Mon 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Activities: Shopping
Description: This 80-acre site was originally a sugar plantation where you can see the...
This 80-acre site was originally a sugar plantation where you can see the original family mansion, the worker's quarters and many fine gardens.
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His-story of old Hawaii - Plantation Days

Want to know about the his-tory of the plantations in Hawaii? This is the perfect place. Everything is "as-is" from way back when. Grounds are large, information is well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Lihue, Hawaii
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Lihue, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Want to know about the his-tory of the plantations in Hawaii? This is the perfect place. Everything is "as-is" from way back when. Grounds are large, information is well preserved. They even give out cookies that were baked in the original wood burning stove-oven. I would love to live here. Lots of fruit trees (hope they are in season.) Well... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

How can a tour group of only 6 people be anything less than special. Lots of time to interact and ask questions of our guide Pam, who is a direct descendent of the Wilcox family. This piece of history is a treasure and should not be missed. Our family was in Kauai 2 mos. ago and was disappointed when all... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I will keep my review short - read the review by Linpac1953 from December 2014 for tour details. If you hear the talk by the former cook you will be moved too. The tour doesn't cover much about the actual growing and processing of sugar cane, but is more about the family and Kauai society. Expect to spend a good... More 

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Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I think would have rated this higher if our guide had been more invested in what she was telling us. She seemed distracted. Several times questions were asked and she simply said she didn't know. I think a decent passionate guide would say I don't know, but I will ask when we get back to see if anyone else knows.... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
31 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Grove Farm Homestead offers a two hour tour of Kauai's first sugar plantation. In a tour shows multiple historic buildings,the history of Kauai's sugar cane industry, social history and economic development. The docents bring alive the Wilcox family, showing how the farmstead grew and how their life style transformed from simple missionary cottages to well appointed living quarters. In each... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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329 reviews 329 reviews
65 attraction reviews
467 helpful votes 467 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We have returned after several years absence and we're delighted to see this treasure maintained well and still interesting. They limit tours to small groups and have excellent docents giving tours. We brought our ten year old grandsons along and they enjoyed and learned much about plantation and local history. The living quarters have been kept intact, including books and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Grove Farm Homestead was the home and plantation of the Wilcoxes - it was a large sugar plantation in the day - I believe 1950's-1960's. My cousin and I experienced a wonderful tour, our guide, Dick, was the great grandson of a Wilcox sister and had visited the main home on the lovely grounds on many occassions growing up. He... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

If you are going do plan on taking the train ride around the farm ($18 per adult). The ride is a fun thing to do on a cloudy/rainy day and very informative about the local produce and the Island's past as a sugar producer.

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

A two hour tour of the plantation house, gardens and farm buildings of this non-profit attraction (cost only $20) was a wonderful in-depth guide to the history of this island, the sugar industry and the original owners of the homestead. Two ground-breaking sisters figure prominently in the story. Pam, our guide, was amazing in her knowledge, and took us through... More 

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Hawaii
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is a guided walking tour of the house and ground of one of the founding families of Kauai's sugar industry. We found the staff to be knowledgeable and friendly and generally had a great time.

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