Learn of time when sugar was king: Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana

In 1935, sugar was king and Kaua‘i’s foremost plantation was thriving.

Learn the story of a family home, a famous plantation and its owner, Gaylord Wilcox, who was part of an era, an island economy and plantation-style hospitality.

Kilohana, his family home, was surrounded by sprawling lawns and cradled by ocean and mountain vistas. Kilohana means “not to be surpassed” in Hawaiian. The estate illustrates Hawaiian agriculture with its camp and accompanying working fields of sugar, pineapple, bananas, papayas, tropical flowers and rare hardwood trees.

Ride the narrow gauge railroad with its turn of the century railway cars back to a time when sugar was king and plantation railways were in their prime.

Join the Kaua‘i Historical Society for a field trip back in history through acres of lush vegetation, flowers, working farm fields and a menagerie of animals. Hear the past, present and future of sugar on Kaua‘i with: history professor Dr. John Lydgate; director of Kilohana Fred Atkins; railway manager, Pepe Trask; The Koloa Rum Company representative Greg Schredder; and Gay and Robinson Sugar Company representative Howard Green.

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the train is leaving the station at Kauai Plantation Railway Depot at Kilohana.

For field trip information call Kauai Historical Society at 245-3373

The cost for adults is $25, children under 12 are $10.

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