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“Beautiful estate.”

Kilohana Plantation Estate
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Luau Kalamaku and Buffet Dinner
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Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and Champagne Reception
Ranked #5 of 55 things to do in Lihue
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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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Bend, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful estate.”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Take the train tour and do the luau - they are great. The shops are limited, but the jewelery shop upstairs should not be missed - gorgeous jewelery in an unexpected location. The rum shop is also fun.

Visited October 2011
Thank benddean
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Tallahassee, Florida
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“Interesting View of Plantation Life”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

This is an interesting old Hawaii plantation with preserved buildings, a nice little train ride, and plenty of crops still being grown. We only took the train ride, not the half day hiking and riding tour, but the train ride was nice. Lots of plants to see, good narration about the plantation, and animal feeding for those so inclined. Has a big luau too. We cook smell the pigs cooking in the ground.

Visited September 2011
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San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice place for a tour and rum tasting!!”
Reviewed September 29, 2011

The train ride around the acreage was entertaining and pretty. The rum tasting was fun and informative. (You can get a 15% coupon from the visitor handouts at the airport when you get your luggage.)
We had a good lunch overlooking the beautiful garden of the estate too, reasonably priced.

Visited September 2011
Thank kgolfs1948
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Poipu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous Crusine, Ambiance and Luau Entertainment!”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

The grounds and grand home of this lovely, old plantation are worth the free tour! There are vendors inside the sprawling home with locally made treasures for sale. There is also a train tour of the plantation and a wonderful luau show! The food is supurb! We paid a little more and had dinner before the luau at the restaurant and were seated outside along a u-shaped, covered patio with lovely view, surrounded by fountains and exotic plantings. There was a wonderful soloist quietly singing and playing music in one corner. All in all, very serene and romantic! They offered several unusual cocktails made from fresh ingredients from their garden! I tried a superb mojito-style pineapple, lavender concoction made with coconut infused vodka! The three course meal was very reasonably priced at $24 and included a fresh salad with home made dressing also from their garden, followed by a main course of fish or chicken with rice, and for the finale', a whipped cream covered warm chocolate lava cake! Oh, so Yummy and Decadent! The staff and vendors were very helpful and friendly! If you're in Kauai, this is definitely a MUST SEE!

Visited August 2011
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Palo Alto, California
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13 reviews
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“Woodsy Hike & Train Ride”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

We booked this train ride and hike on line before we went....it was very interesting...Learned some history of Kauai and the plant life there....The train takes u thru the woods and orchards to a farmyard....You stop there for about an hour and have a picnic lunch [they supply]. You get to walk around where the farmyard animals are....chickens, sheep..goats...cows and bulls then you board the train to another location by the fruit orchards....You get out and walk aways to some picnic benches and the guide show you the local trees that produce guava,lychees, avocados, papayas and navel oranges. You get to pick some right from the trees and taste it....Then you board the train to another location and hike thru the woods and across some streams...The guide points out different plant and tree species and explanations of their history there....Very informativeI would only recommend this to people who like walking and are in pretty good shape as there was an elderly couple and they had problems making it thru the woods....Some uphill treks....Overall....great fun and educational...My daughter loved it!

Visited May 2011
Thank charlenegranse
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