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Train Ride | Kauai Plantation Railway

Your train ride takes you back through history to the plantation days of Kauai… but this is also a real working farm. Much of the fruit you'll see growing at the plantation is used in Mahiko Lounge’s farm to glass cocktails at The Plantation House by Gaylord's Restaurant.

  • Explore the historic 105 acre Kilohana Plantation
  • Feed the pigs, goats, sheep, and their friendly donkey Stiney.
  • All aboard elegant mahogany passenger cars

The Kauai Plantation Railway recreates the days when diesel powered narrow gauge locomotives moved the harvested cane from the fields to the mill, and raw sugar from the mill to the wharf for shipment. Today, Kauai Plantation Railway is running two 1948 25-ton, General Electric, Diesel Electric Locomotives; the same type used in the sugarcane fields.

Kauai’s Signature Train Ride

Your tour begins in an authentic Hawaiian train depot. Check in with the stationmaster, then take a few minutes to explore the unique Train Depot Gift Shop. Here you will find many hand crafted items made right here on Kauai.

In a few short minutes you hear the approach of the train. You step out onto the boarding platform and watch as the engine appears out of the jungle as it winds its way past a garden in bloom with tropical flowers.

The train cars are close reproductions of King Kalakaua’s personal railway cars from the mid 1800’s. They are elegant with hand finished wood interiors and offer an enclosed ride with plenty of views.

If you are feeling more adventurous you may pick the open sided excursion car as used on the Oahu coast railway before World War II. In either case you are sure to have a safe and comfortable ride.

Your local guide (conductor) will share with you some of the history of the Plantation, the beautiful island of Kauai, and the equipment they use.  The Conductor will also point out some of the interesting varieties of fruits and vegetables grown right there at the Kilohana Plantation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as the train passes through fields of bananas, papayas, pineapples, taro, as well as native & exotic hardwoods from around the world. Kilohana Plantation’s fruit orchard has over 25 different varieties of fruit trees that will have your mouth watering.

The Kilohana plantation is surely one of the most beautiful farms in the world. You will see an unusual mix of plants and trees, as well as their friendly farm animals along the way.

Well out into the heart of the plantation you get to disembark to spend some time feeding the pigs, goats, sheep, and their friendly donkey Stiney.  The Kauai Plantation Railway is fun for all ages and a must do when staying on Kauai.

Tour Notes

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Tour Departures
10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday
Tour Departures
10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 4:30 pm
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