Gaylord Wilcox built the Kilohana Plantation house in 1935 and now, complete with some of the original furnishing purchased at Gumps of San Francisco, you can pretend you are an honored guest in their mansion. Dining in the 16,000 square-foot house, beneath paintings of the Wilcox family, surrounded by artifacts of 30s-era California design, is a must.
Locals come here for holidays and special occasions, and rightly so: the atmosphere, food, and service prove some of the finest on the island. Tables view the expansive grassy fields of the once booming sugar plantation, giving guests an open air dining experience—which is great when it rains, you can still sit outside and watch the downpour.
Come here for dinner or Sunday brunch, when the cooking staff goes out of their way with creative takes on traditional American favorites: farm raised venison or slow roasted prime rib with liliko‘i sauce. Sunday brunch serves up all-you-can-eat breakfast fare for a hefty price, but it is a great place for kids to run around on the lawn while mom and dad sip mimosas. However, if you want to experience dining here and don’t want to fork over the cash, lunch is a good deal, with a decent selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups.