Kilohana - A Plantation Manager's Estate

Centerpiece of Kilohana Plantation is the historic Gaylord Wilcox mansion.

Designed by famed Hawaii architect Mark Potter, the 16,000 square foot Tudor style home was completed in 1936 and continues to be owned by descendents of the Wilcox family. Named a State of Hawaii Historic Landmark in 1993, the mansion today is the setting for numerous quality shops, museum rooms filled with antiques and fine art, while award winning Gaylord’s restaurant occupies an open air patio with scenic views to the surrounding mountain Waialeale.

The historic home is set on nearly 36 acres of manicured grounds, where pastures provided for grazing of livestock, vegetable gardens offered produce to the kitchen, and where numerous cottages housed the staff and guests. Occupied by the family until the mid 70’s the home and grounds incurred extensive damage from hurricane Iwa in 1983.

Today the home is fully restored, and the grounds are a model for the preservation of historic gardens and settings. The original workers and guest cottages are preserved, as are the vegetable and flower gardens. Visitors are invited to enjoy a self-guided walk of the grounds, where a wide variety of native and exotic plants can be viewed.