Grove Farm Homestead
Grove Farm Homestead information
For the thoughtful traveler this historic family compound is a truly extraordinary experience. To call it a museum would be misleading, for there has been no effort to turn it into anything. It is as if you have taken a time machine back to 1930 and walked in the front door of the Wilcox family, owners of one’s of Hawaii’s great sugar plantations. Everything has been left exactly as it once was, transporting you to a very different age. There are several buildings to see, including the main house, where George Wilcox lived with his wife, and a private cottage his bachelor brother Sam kept exclusively to himself. The poignant library, with its original volumes of explorer’s journals, including those of Captain Cook, is a special treat, as is a unique embroidered couch, the product of many years work; Hitchcock artworks from around the globe; and even the kitchen with its pre-war appliances. A spearmint tea on the veranda here lingers on like a memory of times past. One leaves admiring the class, taste, and social responsibility of this pioneering family, and the understated values of a different age. Tours are limited to six people, so call a week or more in advance.