Architectural, Cultural sights in Kaua'i
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Amid sprawling, manicured lawns, Kilohana Plantation is now a tourist magnet featuring Gaylord's restaurant, estate tours and one-stop upscale shopping. Sugar baron Gaylord Parke Wilcox, once the head honcho of Grove Farm Homestead, built the house in 1935. Trivia buffs take note: the Wilcox family was the model for James Michener's famous epic, Hawaii.
The 15,000-sq-ft Tudor-style mansion has been painstakingly restored and its legacy as one of Kaua'i's distinguished historic houses is unquestioned. Antique-filled rooms and Oriental carpets laid over hardwood floors lead you past cases of poi pounders, koa bowls and other Hawaiiana to a row of gallery shops.
Find a copy of Hanapepe's 'Walking Tour Map' (around US$2), which describes the town's historic buildings. On your stroll, don't miss the Swinging Bridge, which crosses the Hanapepe River. Its funky old predecessor fell victim to 'Iniki, but in a community-wide effort this new bridge was erected in 1996.