A low whistle sounds and the clattering of a train approaches, bringing you back to Kauai’s old plantation days. The conductor helps you into your train car, modeled after the time period of King Kalakaua. The stylish, hand-finished wood interiors with large viewing windows are a step back in time. The train propels you forward, and you move through forest, sugarcane fields, taro patches, and an abundance of fruit trees that make up the working farm of Kilohana Plantation. Your guide tells you stories of old Hawaii and enriches your experience along the way. The train comes to a stop in a lush green pasture, where you disembark to get a closer look at the pigs, goats, sheep, cattle and horses. Your guide gives you some treats, which the friendly animals are more than happy to receive from your hands. In the spring, you will have the delight of watching newborn baby animals open their eyes to the newness of the world. This is the essence of the Kauai Plantation Railway experience.
The premier tour of the Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana also offers a hike in the rainforest, picnic lunch, and samples of fresh tropical fruit that you pick directly from the farm’s trees. As the sun filters through the giant ferns and forest canopy, you will walk through the tropical rainforest along a meandering creek and surrounded by exotic plants. After a picnic lunch, wander through the maze of fresh fruit being grown, such as pineapple, bananas, papaya, rambutan, lychee, cherries, and many other exotic fruits. You will get to pick and eat fruit straight from the trees – it won’t get fresher than that!
For a bite to eat after your Kauai Plantation Railway experience, stop in Gaylord’s Restaurant, which is right on the Kilohana property. You may also find it interesting to stop in Kilohana Clayworks, where you can watch pottery being made. For a sampling from Koloa Rum Company, try out the tasting room at Kauai’s first and only licensed distillery.
Directions to Kauai Plantation Railway
The Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana is located in Lihue, next to Kauai Community College at 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway. Look for the white picket fence and large train sign.
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