The Kilohana Plantation Estate is the only site on the islands of Hawaii where guests can ride a train, shop, try locally crafted spirits, hike in a rainforest, dine on delicious food, or relax at a spa all in one place. Visitors can also have a chance to see part of the history of Kauai while enjoying the best of what the island has to offer today. The property has shared the best of the island of Kauai, both present and past, for more than twenty-five years.
The name of Kilohana, when translated from the Hawaiian language, literally means “not to be surpassed.” In the year 1935, this was definitely the case when Gaylord Wilcox, a sugar baron, constructed his legendary plantation estate that encompassed sixteen thousand square feet. During its heyday, the Kilohana Plantation Estate hosted several different ceremonies and extravagant parties. The estate today is a Historic Landmark, as well as one of the best examples of the architecture of the plantation era in Hawaii.
Kilohana Plantation Estates first opened to visitors in 1986. Since then, the estate has expanded from thirty-six acres of quant gardens to a destination of 104 acres. The property includes the Plantation Railway, Koloa Rum Company, Lu’au Kalamaku, Mahiko Lounge, Gaylord’s Restaurant, an agricultural park, and more. Visitors can choose one of these or experience all of them during their visit to the Kilohana Plantation. The estate is open daily, providing guests with the chance to see a part of the history of Kauai any day of the week.
A visit to the Kilohana Plantation Estate lets visitors step back in time to the 1930’s Kauai, the Golden Age of Sugar. Gaylord Wilcox, the head of the Grove Farm sugar plantation, built his dream home in 1935 with his wife. Wilcox hired highly respected architect Mark Potter to design his Tudor-style house that would turn into Kilohana. The mansion consisting of sixteen thousand square feet was situated in the center of the twenty-six thousand acre sugar tract. The home served as the homestead for the Wilcox family for several generations.
The mansion of Kilohana was richly built with detailing in the Art Deco style and fine woods. Materials and lumber arrived at the property from the west coast of the United States by barge, and the detailed moldings used in the house arrived from England. The living room, foyer, hallways, and library of the mansion feature coffered ceiling and stunning pine wainscoting. Rare works of art from the island in the Pacific, as well as from the Orient, and Hawaiian artifacts were displayed proudly inside the home. Upon its completion the mansion of the Kilohana Plantation Estate became the most expensive house ever constructed on the island of Kauai.
There’s fun for the whole family at Kilohana Plantation Estate. Visitors can climb aboard the property’s train, tour the plantation, and stop and take some time to feed the animals on site. Tours of the plantation lasts around forty minutes, and leave every hour.
3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii, Phone: 808-245-5608