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Local Spotlight: Grove Farm Museum

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum

This week’s featured attraction is the Grove Farm Museum. Originally founded in 1864, Grove Farm grew from a small struggling farm to a highly successful sugar plantation under the ownership of George N. Wilcox. In 1975, the homestead portion of the plantation was turned into the Grove Farm Museum. Located in the center of Lihue, the museum sits on 100 acres of land and includes the original plantation main house, the owner’s cottage, guest cottage, old office, and the housing camp for plantation workers/other residents. The homestead is actively maintained, and adheres to the same schedules and practices that were established in the 1870s. Guided tours are available and last for approximately 2 hours.

Tour Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am and 1 pm
Closed on holidays. Tours may be cancelled on rainy days.
Advance reservations are required.
To make a reservation, call (808) 245-3202.

Admission:
Requested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12)

In addition to the opportunity to observe what daily life was like on a plantation in the 1800s, the Grove Farm Museum also boasts the only authentic sugar plantation steam train experience in the state of Hawaii, complete with the oldest surviving plantation locomotive in the state! Currently, train rides are provided on a mile long stretch of track adjacent to the historic Lihue sugar mill on the second Thursday of every month, free of charge. A recent grant of $550,000 is set to be used to create a Locomotive Interactive Learning Park, that will add additional exhibits and expand the current railway. For more information, please visit https://grovefarm.org/