A large part of Kauai’s charm is its vast undeveloped and agricultural land and quaint plantation-style homes. Take a step back in time and learn the stories behind modern-day Kauai by experiencing the island’s plantation days of old at the Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum.
Experience life in the 19th century as you explore the ongoing active household and farm at the 100-acre Grove Farm. Its animals, gardens, banana patches, and pastures maintain the same cleaning and agricultural schedules and methods that were established in the 1870’s. Meander the expansive front lawn, planter’s home, outbuildings, and farm. The property allows for a striking view over the Nawiliwili Valley and is now listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The first Polynesians to voyage to Hawaii brought sugar cane and plantations and were already in existence before Captain Cook’s arrival on the island. Started in 1854, Grove Farm was one of the first sugar plantations in Hawaii built for the purpose of extracting sugar as we know it today. The name Grove Farm was given due to it being started by chopping out a large grove of kukui trees. Hawaii’s production of sugar cane peaked in 1980, when the state supplied one tenth of the sugar consumed in America.
If you happen to be on Kauai for the second Thursday of the month, you may be lucky enough to hop aboard an authentic sugar cane train car pulled by a historic Grove Farm Museum steam locomotive, the only authentic sugar plantation steam train experience in the state. Rides are between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at a different location than the museum.
Plan Your Excursion to the Grove Farm Museum
The Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum is located in Lihue at 4050 Nawiliwili Road. Tours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, starting at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and costs are by a requested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for children 5-12 years old.
We have nearly 30 rental properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Staying at one of our east coast properties such as Banyan Harbor, Islander on the Beach, Kaha Lani, Kauai Beach Resort, Lae Nani, or Pono Kai will put you in close proximity to enjoying the Grove Farm Museum and other great activities. Contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected] to make your vacation rental booking and to get started with planning your ideal Kauai getaway.