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“Great education”

Kilohana Plantation Estate
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Luau Kalamaku and Buffet Dinner
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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Los Osos, California
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213 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great education”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The plantation's train tour is narrated by a very well-educated plant person, who gives a plethora of "tips". And, he is very funny.

Feeding the feral pigs is a stop to be remembered.

Nice gift shop.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank harold b
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Where history and modern day meet”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The Kilohana Plantation Estate is a unique experience for those who enjoy history with a touch of today. The restaurant is a must with delicious offerings. After dinner, wander through the unique shops that offer modern souvenirs, beautiful jewelry, or a unique piece of art. The train ride is a relaxing trip that is scenically abundant! This is an experience you have while visiting Kauai.

Visited May 2014
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Gold Canyon
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Enjoyed the train ride”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Fun way to see gardens w/a special stop to feed the pigs, goats and ever present chickens. The rum tasting at the distillery was a treat. Browsed the shops while waiting for the train ride.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank jackiejane
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Ocoee, Florida
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80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fun Train Trip”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This old planation has been converted to an attraction with a nice restaurant, shops and distillery. We enjoyed wandering around them as we waited for the train. The train trip lasted about 45 minutes as it explored the old plantation with its flora and fauna. There is a stop along the way to feed the chickens and feral pigs with tour provided bread. This is a near must if you have children but we older middle-aged folks enjoyed it as well.

Visited May 2014
Thank Shocker816
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Train, nature walk, lunch, orchard eco-adventure”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We took the nature walk and orchard eco-adventure as well as the train ride. This combo got away from the most touristy parts of the estate, such as the shops and rum-tasting, and gave a much more personal picture of the area. The entire visit took nearly 4 hours, and included, in addition to the 40 minute train ride, a long hike into the rain forest, lunch, and a walking tour of the orchards, where we were able to pick and eat fruit right off the trees. The hike was led by a very well-informed and interesting guide, and was not too strenuous, although a 3 year old in our group needed to be carried most of the time. The lunch (salad or turkey wrap) was good, but not exceptional. Picking and eating a number of different fruits in the orchard was a real treat for everyone. Not an inexpensive tour, but well worth the price.

Visited April 2014
Thank Beth L
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