Kauai Plantation Railway

Kilohana’s newest visitor attraction the - Kauai Plantation Railway - recreates the days when steam powered narrow gauge trains moved the harvested cane from field to mill, and raw sugar from mill to the wharf for shipment.

Once crisscrossing the island, the many rail lines of Kauai’s sugar plantations were abandoned more than 40 years ago and today remain only as a fond memory of old time residents. With the opening of the Kauai Plantation Railway visitors are once again able to take a train ride both into the past and the future of Kauai agriculture.

Running through the grounds of the Kilohana estate and adjoining 70-acre tropical plantation, the 2.5-mile rail line passes stands of original island crops, sugar cane and taro – the staple starch of ancient Hawaiians, and on past grooves of mango, banana, papaya, coffee, pineapple and then on to experimental plantings of longan, cashew, hybrid mango, noni, and atamoya. Along with these crops traditional Pacific islander vegetable gardens are being laid out side-by-side with plantings of exotic flowers and hardwood trees in an unequaled array representing both the past and future of tropical agriculture on Kauai.
Train riders will be given an informative narration of Kauai’s unique place in Hawaii’s agricultural history.

Returning to the Depot, riders are able to tour a farmers market and gift shop, where they can sample and purchase products grown on the plantation, as well as specialty Kauai island food items to take or send home. The expansive 16,000 sq. ft managers home is also open daily and includes a number a galleries and courtyard restaurant.