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“A little bit of everything.”

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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 566 helpful votes
“A little bit of everything.”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

An old plantation house, a train ride, a luau, some shopping ( my wife loves the jewelry store upstairs) and the my favorite, the Koloa Rum Store. They have some really cool Hawaiian souvenirs and some awesome Hawaiian rum. The best part is they do a rum tasting. Taste it, like it and take it home.

Visited November 2013
Thank Mike O
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Union, Kentucky
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“The best history of Hawaii show and Luau on Kauai”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

No visit to the Island of Kauai is complete without visiting the Kilohana Plantation near Lihue.
The plantation was originally a sugar plantation in the 1930's. The owner Gaylord Wilcox had this magnificent home constructed which today houses a restaurant and bar , a rum distillery, shops, a Luau, and a train station / ride around the plantation.
The Luau is held on Tuesdays and Fridays but one may also attend the Hawaiian Experience Show by purchasing show only tickets. I recommend this option if you have already attended a Luau. You may want to have dinner in the restaurant to take advantage of the fresh vegetables and fruits grown on the plantation before attending the show.
They seat you up front next to the stage at 7 pm. You may help yourself to desert and a Mai Tai or two before the show begins. .
The participants are within reach and the fire dancers are so close the heat from their fires warms you. I have attended many Luaus but this show best depicts the history and founding of the Hawaiian Islands. The cast is a great cross section of personalities which enhances and furthers the story.
After the show the performers stay for pictures with the audience and one may tour the Wilcox plantation home and shops to avoid the ensuing traffic jam.
If you choose the show only vs the Luau and show I recommend going early to ride the train which takes you through the gardens and if you are over 21, do the rum distillery tour. Make sure you have your picture id for the rum tour and tasting.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank dkeeling
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“Something for everyone”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We have been here many times, but not done all of the things there are to do.

They have a pay for train ride/ "zoo" type attraction, especially great if you have children in your group (we have not done this).

The grounds a well worth a walk about (no charge).

Koloa Rum Store (15 minutes) and tasting room (another 15-25 minutes). They start at 10 AM on Sundays. There is not charge, but the tip jars is ever present. Difficult to get out without dropping a fiver? We tasted a couple rums, a mai tai, and had some rum cake with chocolate sauce. We were happy with the visit.

They usually have carriage rides, but I did not see or hear them this visit. OH, great paved parking. Easy to find.3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy (50). The main house, is a group of little shops and Gaylord's Restaurant. Most of the shops are upstairs. Gaylords is the main reason for our visit. We have had breakfast and dinner there on two previous visits. Today we are headed for Sunday Brunch. We will post this experience in the Restaurants section of TripAdvisor.

Visited October 2013
Thank ranles76
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Pittsburg, California, United States
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“Train Ride for Everyone”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The plantation has a Rum Tasting Room where they sell their own varieties of spirits. We were informed that previously sugar cane was the big commodity in past years but now Rum is the primary product of the plantation. They also have a train ride that last about 40 minutes and even a longer one that includes lunch if you care to extend the ride. Really enjoyable and you get to feed the variety animals they have living on the plantation. Great for everyone.

Visited October 2013
Thank George K
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Venice, Florida
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“Beautiful old plantation managers house”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Easy to get to on Kuhio hiway just outside of Lihue before the Community College.
Not only can you visit the house, no fee for walking through, but there are shops, a lounge and Gaylords ( fine dining ) inside. The grounds are really nice and there is a beauty shop, pottery shop, rum store and a full sized train to ride on. They also have a huge Luau building but I don't know the times for that either.
The train only runs certain days and times, call to be sure if you have the kids or grandkids with you.

Visited October 2013
Thank RickHLihue
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