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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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