One of the best ways to learn more about the development of the islands is to visit the Kilohani Plantation, which had been the plantation estate of Gaylord and Ethel Wilcox, who both were descendants of missionary families. Gaylord would become the manager of the Grove Farm plantation , who lived in a 16,000 square foot mansion, that has been thoroughly restored and opened to the public. The magnificent house showcases the lifestyle of the rich and famous and how they lived when sugar became the king of crops on the islands. You can visit the house for free, but the carriage rides around the plantation's 34 acres will cost you about eight dollars a person, while the more lengthy and exciting sugar cane field tour costs about $21 per person. There is a great restaurant located on the premises called Gaylord's, along with a marvelous boutique, galleries and country store. The entire estate has been restored to its former glory when sugar ruled the islands and wealth was just a byproduct. Also offered is a train ride on a vintage narrow gauge railroad, that runs around the estate, offering visitors a great tour of a working farm, with friendly farm animals. You can stop on the trip to visit Koloa Rum's premier tasting room and company store, as well as shopping in exclusive boutiques with outstanding and unique hand crafted Hawaiian items. Visitors can sample papayas, pineapples and other exotic fruits right from the trees they grow on, and you can learn all about the history and the past of the plantation. The mansion would be constructed by Wilcox, in 1936 and reflects the kind of wealth and prosperity that the sugar kings had back then, with many marvelous and beautiful antiques and furnishings. In the house's upper floors, you'll explore jewelry and nautical themed gifts, and many other interesting items that inform you and take you back into the past. You can easily get to the plantation by renting a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who have numerous locations around the island. Enterprise has the newest vehicles and best prices you'll find here. Enterprise is striving to become your rental car company wherever you travel.
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This outstanding museum is private and nonprofit, relying solely on membership, admission and the marvelous gift shop, with two floors of permanent exhibits that relate to the history of the island, from its origins to the territorial period. The excellent displays will provide visitors with an excellent understanding of the unique and special cultures and history of this beautiful island. The museum's historic entry structure provides a Hawaiian Heritage Gallery, the gift shop and three changing display galleries. Some of the excellent current displays include; an Exhibition of Watercolor by Art Professor Waihang Lai and eight of his students; the artist Roberta Griffith "A Solo Exhibition"; Kaua'i's Early Aviation History; Kaua'i Museum's 31st Annual Student Art Contest; Kauai Museum's 50th Anniversary textile festival, Kokee, Kekaha Train Robbery, The Buildings of the Kauai Museum, White Heat-Cane Fire and x Pau. Their collection includes a natural history collection, works of art, textiles, historical collections, Library and archival materials, Hawaiian and Pacific cultural materials and much more. Their library and archival collection contains more than 14,000 photographs and images of Ni'ihau and Kaua'i that date back to the year 1778, with 305 subject files. The works of art collection house many outstanding works by such artists as, Kathyrn O'Neal Baldwin, K. C. Chen, Sally French, Samuel Morse, Kimo Wilder, Henry Otto Wix, John Young and others, along with numerous botanical prints. The textile collection holds a marvelous collection of Hawaiian quilts from Kaua'i, holoku and terno gowns, Hawaiian made hats from lauhala and other materials, and historical costumes from many of the immigrant groups that came here like the Korean, German, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and missionary period. The fastest and easiest way to travel the island is to rent a vehicle from the great folks at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who offer the best deals and prices in the islands. Enterprise strives to be the best car rental company in the nation, with many locations available to find the best vehicle for your local needs.