Guided tours of this carefully restored 80-acre country estate offer a fascinating and authentic look at how upper-class Caucasians experienced plantation life in the mid-19th century. The tour focuses on the original home, built by the Wilcox family in 1860 and filled with a quirky collection of classic Hawaiiana. You can also see the workers' quarters, farm animals, orchards, and gardens that reflect the practical, self-sufficient lifestyle of the island's earliest Western
inhabitants. Tours of the homestead are conducted twice a day, three days a week. To protect the historic building and its furnishings, tours may be canceled on very wet days. With a six-person limit per tour, reservations are essential.
Jul 18, 2005
If you are interested in some local history, don't miss Grove Farm Homestead. 2-1/2 hour docent-guided tours must be booked ahead of time. I had my family of 4 + grandma on a tour our last day (we were the only ones on our tour). I think this is a good first or last day activity, because it is close to the airport (we were looking for "Clean" activities before heading to the airport). The story of the family is very interesting, and the grounds and
buildings are well-kept and beautiful. Our docent was very knowledagble and friendly. Did a great job of telling the story of the homestead. Included in the tour was a refreshment break in the kitchen with freshly baked cookies and tea. This was my 12-year old daughter's favorite activity!