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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, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Ramona, California
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Enjoy the grounds, tours and luau. One of the best luau's on the island! Loved the atmosphere and history.

Visited July 2013
Thank Karen C
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San Antonio, Texas
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Kilohana Plantation Railway so-so”
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

We did the railroad attraction at the Kilohana. We had 2 teenagers and 2 younger kiddos under age 9. This is an approx 45 min tour, narrated, and winds through the plantation. The description of the tropical fruit trees was interesting. There was a 15 min stop midway through for the kids to feed the wild pigs, chickens, goats, and sheep. The kids loved it.
The trip was enjoyed mainly by the young ones, not so much by the teens.
Additionally, I think the price of the tour was too much (approx $100 for 6) for the quality and time spent on the railway tour. You can spend a little bit more and visit the beautiful Allerton Gardens with a 3 hour tour.
Overall, would not go again. However, if you have young kids and looking for a pricey but quick side trip, then do it.

1 Thank Christopher M
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McKinney, Texas
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Train, hike and fruit tasting”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Highly recommend this 4 hour lunch tour. Train ride is always fun. Then the hike down the valley is beautiful. Local tour guide Tiny does a great job explaining the history and showing off the plants. Then the fresh fruit right off the tree is a great finish

1 Thank JCarterjr
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Windsor, Canada
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great place to eat, shop, and explore”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

The restaurant is excellent and Cane Field Clothing & Gallery had some of the nicest women's clothing on the island.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank lrovere
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Los Osos, California
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213 reviews
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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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