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“Great show! Average food, open bar”

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 #6 of 56 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, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 10, 2014

I have yet to go to a luau in Hawaii where I was greatly impressed by the food. Most are decent, and the food will be enough to fill you up. This place had less variety of food than most of the other luaus that I have been to, but I don't consider that a knock since luaus generally do not have super memorable outstanding entrees. Remember, they are trying to cook for an army of hundreds of people at a time, and so expect cafeteria level food at best at these Hawaiian luaus.

The drinks at the bar were excellent, although they didn't do slushes.

The best part was the show, which is one of the better ones that I have seen. This is a non-traditional show, with much more modernistic costumes. No coconut bras on the ladies here, no boring traditional Hawaiian dances, it's all very New Age dance style, mixed with Hawaiian mysticism and topped off by some spectacular fire dancing. All of this takes place in a circular stage in the middle of this large dining hall/arena/tent. The dining tables surround the circular stage.

The luau is located in the Kilohana Plantation, and we did not get a chance to see the plantation. There are some other things you can do there, like take a railroad tour, which we did not have time for.

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We did the train ride and had brunch afterwards. I think the train ride is fun for young children, but probably a little boring for adults or teenagers. The train ride starts with a couple of plugs for the various shops on the premises, but I did not think it was too pushy. Halfway through the ride there is an opportunity to feed the pigs, goats and chickens. Fun for little children, for others not so much. The information provided during the train ride was okay.
After the train ride we wanted to have lunch at the restaurant. Only after waiting 30 minutes for a clean table, it became clear it was lunch buffet only.The buffet is $30 for 12 years and older, $16 for 5-12 years old and free for under 5. Fortunately both our children were under five, because these prices for a very simple brunch buffet are rather steep. If we did not have 2 hungry children at that very moment in time we would probably have left.
On a positive note, we found the staff very friendly and helpful.

2  Thank DutchcanuckVancouver
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

This was such a beautiful piece of land! We took the train around the plantation and it was worth the $18 bucks! Loved seeing the "workers" greet us for a quick lunch stop.

Thank Leslie S
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We only did the train ride and ate at Gaylords. It was a pleasant experience. They stop part way and let you feed the animals. It is fun for children. Some adults would be bored but it is a pleasant ride through the orchards and grounds. They have a gift shop at the train station which had some discounted tshirts when we were there on sale. The rest of the grounds are mainly a couple shops.

Thank angeleyes27
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

The setting is beautiful. We dined in the lounge and the food was delicious. During the happy hour that starts at 4pm, there are "pupu" specials and drink specials. The Mai Tai was the best we had on the island. The only disappointment was arriving too late for the rum tasting (last one was at 3:30). We were surprised they ended so early on a Saturday afternoon.

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