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Kilohana Plantation Estate

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9505
+1 808-245-5608
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Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and Champagne Reception
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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!
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“rum tasting” (110 reviews)
“koloa rum” (44 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9505
+1 808-245-5608
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wasted time and money on a crappy lunch at the restaurant to find out we missed the train. Love (sarcasm) that no one at the restaurant around the corner knew anything about the train. Largely a tourist trap. Don't bother.

Thank Rachel K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After 20 years we have returned. The shops were interesting but seemed like other tourist areas. Very nice Parking was easy, stores on 2 floors with stairs.

Thank Perkadventures
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't have time for the train. Next time! It does cost about $20 though and is about 45 minutes. We did the rum tour which is free and gratuity is appreciated. They open at 10 but first rum tasting is at 10:30. Lasts 15-30...More

Thank sjanderson6
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 'Estate' is a must see in Kauai. It's historic building is very interesting, and the restaurant's outdoor seating is inviting. Excellent dinners and service. Not a place for children. A+

Thank ridgefieldrmj
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited to take the Plantation Train and sample the rum, but was intriqued by the rest of the site. Wish I'd had time to try the food -- I'm always a sucker for a Rueben (which I saw on their menu). Nice old Colonial...More

Thank MarkStephenSouder
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful stop on our tour. The rum tasting was amazing and the gift shop was well stocked and the items for sale were reasonably priced. The surrounds are immaculate. Absolutely thoroughly recommended

Thank Heddyjan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were waiting for a tasting at the Koloa Rum Factory and decided to have a drink and some appetizers at the restaurant here. The service was excellent, the drinks cold and the food great! A lovely was to while away the afternoon!

Thank SoCalGirl533
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here because it was the first time my boyfriend had been to Hawaii. I wanted him to experience a luau. I liked the reviews of this luau and the train ride. I had never been here before. The train ride was lovely. The...More

Thank Katherine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The plantation is a vintage estate that provides a bit of everything to everyone. It has a train, rum tasting, a spa, shops, and a lovely restaurant. My wife and I went there for lunch at Gaylord's Restaurant. The food was good. I had fish...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the 40-minute train ride around the plantation as a lark. Much to our surprise, it was really fun. The tour guide was interesting and entertaining. Loved watching the children feed the animals. Not inexpensive (but we had free passes), but not a bad...More

Thank Marcia G
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24 June 2017|
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Response from arizonatraveller123 | Reviewed this property |
I would say you could spend time in the wonderful restaurant and touring the 12 shops as well as the rum tasting which takes almost an hour. Alternatively the museum is worth a visit...we spent a couple of hours here.
29 April 2017|
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Response from Annette H | Reviewed this property |
You can write an email to them, they answer quickly. The plantation is large and I feel confident that they rent it out for special occasions especially in the winter when they are only open a few days a week.
Linda K
13 October 2016|
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Response from Annette H | Reviewed this property |
The Luau and owner's dinner is the best show a great dinner that we had in Kauaii. The train ride would be good for children. You can walk around the site. Yes the dinner and Luau are perfect for people of all ages.