Kilohana Plantation - A glimpse of Kauai's past

Kilohana Plantation, near Lihue, on the Garden Island of Kauai is perhaps Hawaii’s most unique and gracious visitor destination. Set in the plain between legendary Haupu Mountain and Mount Waialeale, the manicured grounds surrounding the Historic Landmark Wilcox mansion are the setting for a variety of events and attractions. And with the opening of the Kauai Plantation Railway, it has also become a showplace for Kauai’s agricultural history.

It all began in 1935, as owner and manager of the extensive lands of Grove Farm Plantation, Gaylord Wilcox commissioned a residence by one of Hawaii’s best known architects, Mark Potter. By the following year the Potter design stood complete and the Wilcox family moved in, surrounded by nearly 36 acres of formal grounds, flower and vegetable gardens, and nearby cottages for the staff and guests. It was at the time the island’s most magnificent home and the center of social and business life for Kauai.