Sharing the best of Kauai’s past & present for over 32 years!
In 1986, Kilohana opened its doors to the public. Since then it has grown from 36 acres of charming gardens to a 104-acre visitor destination, including an agricultural park, Plantation Railway, Gaylord’s Restaurant & Mahikō Lounge, Lu’au Kalamaku, Koloa Rum Company and much more!
Translated from Hawaiian, the name Kilohana literally means “not to be surpassed.” This was certainly the case in 1935, when sugar baron Gaylord Wilcox built his legendary 16,000 square foot plantation estate. In its heyday, Kilohana was the site of many extravagant parties and ceremonies. It remains a Historic Landmark and one of the finest examples of plantation era architecture in Hawaii.
Gaylord’s at Kilohana
An island tradition since 1986, the award-winning Gaylord’s offers one of Kauai’s most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Seated around the manor’s original courtyard with views of Mt. Waialeale in the distance, diners enjoy fresh, delicious flavors in island-influenced seafood dishes, traditional meat selections, and unique interpretations of lighter fare.
Located in the Kilohana’s living room, Mahikō Lounge is Kauai’s chicest new bar. The word Mahikō literally means Sugar Plantation in Hawaiian, and we kept the integrity of our heritage in mind while also creating a fresh & modern vibe for the room.
Kauai Plantation Railway
Welcome aboard any of our three Conductor Narrated Authentic Train Tours of the historic 105 acre Kilohana Plantation. Sit back and relax in our elegant mahogany passenger cars as you tour and see the tropical beauty and bounty Kilohana.
The Shops at Kilohana
Shoppers are offered a special experience at Kilohana because you are treated to the collections of beautiful and unique shops while also touring the historic manor home and grounds. Tucked into Kilohana’s bedrooms, sitting rooms, sunroom, and various quarters are the shops themselves featuring regional art, artisan and fine jewelry, clothing, Hawaiian shells, pottery and even a full service salon. You will find treasures here that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The Shops at Kilohana open at 10:30am.
Graceful hula dancers, traditional fire knife dancing, fire poi-ball exhibition, dramatic torch lighting and imu ceremonies combine with Tahitian music and Hawaiian food & drink to bring you the ultimate island experience.