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“The train was a bit of fun if over priced!”

Kilohana Plantation Estate
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Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and...
Ranked #10 of 58 things to do in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 29 August 2014

As we had to be out of our condo at 10am on our last day we came here for the rum tasting. Unfortunately anyone under 21 must remain outside and as I had kids that was something I was simply not prepared to do. We had a look in the shop but it was pretty tacky and overpriced.
Then realised there was train and so bought tickets for the 40 minute tour. $66.67 for two adults and 2 kids including tax!
It's really a 30 minute tour with an extended break to throw bread at wild pigs, chickens and the odd goat. The tour guide was entertaining and informative and actually it was a decent way to pass sometime before heading to the airport.
Everyone is friendly and happy and the surroundings picturesque and photogenic.

Did not get into the house as did not have time but it looked lovely.

The luau venue was huge seating many hundreds and is located between the rum tasting and the railway. Seemed very large and at $100 a head a but pricey but everything in Hawaii seemed over priced. It just something you need to factor in

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Reviewed 27 August 2014

I went there for the Kalamaku Luau and we did the rum tasting. We learned about the history of Koloa rum and did I mention it was very smooth. They have a train that takes you around the plantation.

Thank Gerald M
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

We went to the Kilohana Plantation Estate and boy were we surprised and pleased with our visit! The 2 stores they have there are fun to browse in. One was connected with the train, and the other store was connected to the plantation and had a rum tasting room. My kids loved the train ride. Its a little overpriced for what you get but to be honest, it was nice and my kids enjoyed it. We loved the FREE rum tasting where you make a mini Mai Tai and taste their rums. The grounds are beautiful and this is worth a visit when you need a break from the beach and sun.

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

The grounds are very green and pretty. It had just rained and the smell was so green and sweet and birds were singing. We walked around the grounds as far as the paths were paved and had a lovely time.

Thank Mary K
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Their luau is very good, well presented with an interesting story and the food is well prepared and plentiful. Also whilst there the grounds are well worth a look around.,

Thank Keith C
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