Grove Farm Museum
4050 Nawiliwili Road, Lihue, HI 96766 - United States
Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m. ()
The 100-acre Grove Farm site preserves one of Hawaii’s earliest surviving set of domestic, agricultural, and sugar plantation buildings, furnishings and collections, surrounding orchards and pasturelands. This homestead was the center of operations for the developing sugar plantation and involved the relationship of family life, plantation activity, household work, gardening and farming and continues as part of the experience of visiting Grove Farm today.
Preserved by Misses Elsie and Mabel Wilcox throughout their lifetimes, in 1975 this historic site and other significant sites as well as their extensive unique collections were gifted to the community through Waioli Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which relies on community and visitor participation and financial support to continue their legacy.
The museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for self-guided tours around the grounds and through the main buildings. Guides will be stationed within the buildings to tell of the history held there.
A special exhibit will showcase Grove Farm’s “Women Making History”, the Misses Elsie and Mabel Wilcox. Their contribution to Kauai and the State of Hawaii came in many different forms and left a legacy of education and historic preservation for the all to learn from and enjoy.
Also on static display will be PAULO, the oldest surviving plantation locomotive in Hawaii. It was manufactured in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1887 at the Hohenzollern works and shipped to Koloa Sugar Company where it was in use until 1920. Named for Paul Isenberg, the owner of Lihue Plantation and an officer at Koloa Sugar Company, this nineteenth century locomotive burns wood and weighs 10 tons. It was restored by Grove Farm museum in 1981.
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