Kauai Sights



Kilohana Plantation Review

This estate dates back to 1850, shortly after the "Great Mahele"—the division of land by the Hawaiian people. Plantation manager Albert Spencer Wilcox developed it as a working cattle ranch, and his nephew, Gaylord Parke Wilcox, took over in 1936, building Kauai's first mansion. Today the 16,000-square-foot, Tudor-style home houses specialty shops, art galleries, and Gaylord's, a pretty restaurant with courtyard seating and a spiffy new bar. Nearly half the original furnishings remain, and the gardens and orchards were replanted according to the original plans. You can tour the grounds for free; children enjoy visiting the farm animals and feeding the wild pigs in residence. A train runs 2½ miles on the hour through 104 acres of lands representing the agricultural story of Kauai as well as surviving as a working farm.

Updated: 01-24-2014

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