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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

GAYLORD'S AT KILOHANA

GAYLORD'S AT KILOHANA
3-2087 KAUMUALII HIGHWAY
LIHUE, HI  96766
808-245-9593
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM / 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
                 Sunday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

I love the Island of Kauai.  Probably my favorite of all the Hawaiian Islands.  Not a bad gig when you get to work there for the day.  On this business trip I dined at Gaylord's at Kilohana which is just minutes from the Lihue airport but centuries away in architecture and style.  I liked the place as soon as I set foot in the door.  The old antiques, paintings and furnishings take you back to another time in Hawaii and I love it.  We were greeted by a smiling local girl who sat us at a table overlooking the small courtyard.  It was a bit rainy and windy so the seating area was partially covered in plastic panels which takes away from the views and beauty of the place.  The menu included a bunch of items that I wanted to try but the Fish Tacos really caught my eye.  I ordered them thinking what the heck am I doing ordering Fish Tacos at Gaylord's in Kauai.  Probably going to be terrible I thought to myself.  Well I was pleasantly surprised when the tacos arrived at the table.  The looked great.  The fresh Ahi Tuna was lightly battered and the tortillas were fresh.  Really enjoyed the tacos and would not hesitate to order them again.  The Black Beans were also good and a bit spicy.  Only complaint is that they were cold and the cheese on top was a bit sticky from sitting too long.  I really liked being at Gaylord's and taking in the history and good food.  Below is a little more info on Gaylord's and Kilohna taken from the website.

Upon entering the 1935 English tudor style home, you are immediately greeted by artist renderings of Ethel and Gaylord Parke Wilcox. Designed by Mark Potter, the home reflects California art deco architecture, with tropical influences. Furnishings for the 16,000 square foot home were purchased from Gump’s of San Francisco. Lumber and materials arrived by barge from the West Coast, with detailed moldings from England. Beautiful pine wainscoting and coffered ceilings grace the living room, hallways, foyer, library and staircase. For many years, Kilohana Plantation was the largest home built on Kauai, boasting a bath in each living quarter. The first elevator installed on the island is still located in the main home.
Train at Kilohana Plantation, Kauai, HawaiiKilohana is centrally nestled within 104 acres of pasture, manicured grounds, gardens and natural foliage. As you leave Lihue, heading southwest on Highway 50, Kilohana will be on your right, just beyond the pasture where our grazing horses and donkeys are foraging. The curved driveway leads to the front door of the home, with guest parking just beyond. Approximately 67 acres of agricultural park is located beyond the main home and can be best viewed aboard the Kauai Plantation Railway. Enjoy 40 minutes of a fully narrated tour on a vintage narrow gauge railway, which includes a stop at our animal feeding area. For more information on our train and tours, please visit www.kilohanakauai.com.
Within the main home, an array of shops are tucked away in the former bedrooms, library, nursery, and even the cloak room. Art, clothing, antiques, Hawaiian and island collectibles can all be found. The Shops at Kilohana offers an intimate atmosphere and a unique selection of quality items, including Kauai Made Products. Additional shops are also located on the grounds of the estate. The Depot Store, Koloa Rum Company, and Clayworks at Kilohana are all worth exploring.
BEAUTIFUL PLANTATION ESTATE COMPLETE WITH GARDENS, HORSES AND EVEN A TRAIN
GAYLORD'S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE AT KILOHANA 
ENTER INTO A PIECE OF KAUAI'S HISTORY
CIRCA 1935
ENTER AND BE TAKEN BACK IN TIME
BEAUTIFUL HALL LEADS TO RESTAURANT, LOUNGE AND SMALL SHOPS
GAYLORD'S LOUNGE
GAYLORD'S DINING ROOM LOOKS OVER SMALL COURTYARD
DINING AREA HAS PLASTIC PANELS THAT COME DOWN DURING HIGH WINDS AND RAIN
BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE DINING ROOM
COURTYARD WAS A BIT WET ON THIS DAY
GAYLORD'S LUNCH MENU
I WENT FOR THE FRESH FISH TACOS
HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
AHI SALAD
BEER BATTERED FISH TACOS WITH BLACK BEANS
FISH TACOS WERE DELICIOUS!
PLENTY OF SHOPS AT KILOHANA

1 comment:

  1. We had brunch there a couple of weeks ago. Terrific, I especially enjoyed the AHI Benedict! It's a fun menu because there is a buffet AND a menu you can order from, or do both. We had a beautiful sunny morning with local musicians playing. I loved the fact that there were as many locals as there were tourists, always a good sign! Got It Cook It blogger (Piper)

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