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“Tourist trap with average food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kilohana Plantation Estate

Kilohana Plantation Estate
3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
808-245-5608
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Ranked #6 of 36 things to do in Lihue
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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. Opening soon: A fun new bar in the Kilohana living room. 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!
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“Tourist trap with average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We visited the restaurant on the grounds. It seemed like a place only tourists would go. The servers were trying very hard to give you a good experience. We ordered a steak (good) and a caprese salad (subpar). Seating was outdoors but covered.

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“Nice, but to much for what you get.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We went for the combo, train ride and luau. Train ride nice. Feeding the animals fun with kids. For luau the covered open sided pavilion ensures you won't be rained out. Nicely kept grounds. Hawaiian story acted out, not Broadway quality. Sound system poor. Lost a lot of the conversation. People were friendly. Would have preferred a Hawaiian concert. This isn't really what I came to the island for. Stan

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“Culturasl experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Although this is a traditional Tahitian dance with folklore,etc, it's not Hawaiian dance, it's incredible the performers are great and the good looking, although the food is mediocre and the drinks are amazing. Try thenSneaky Teeky drink.

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“Great plantation tour by train”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We enjoyed the 45 min train ride through the plantation and learning about the sugar industry that this farm was involved with for years. The train also takes you by extensive fruit and vegetable gardens and to an area where you get to step off the train to feed goats, chickens and wild pigs.

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“A Fabulous Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We enjoyed the entire day @ Kilohana! The experience was memorable for sure, not to mention the warm and friendly staff. Upon our arrival we met Pepe, who showed us around and informed us of all Kilohana had to offer. We started the day with a trian ride and nature hike. The grounds are absolutley beautiful. Our very knowledgable guide "Josh" enlightened us on every tree, flower, plant and vine we saw, the hike included a tasty lunch then on to the orchards to pick dessert right off the tree! Rum tasting, an amazing massage from Michelle @ their on site salon, enjoyed the unique shops while waiting for dinner at Gaylord's ~ "Fabulous" is the only word to describe our day @ Kilohana. Can't wait to experience the Luau, that's tomorrow night!

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