Ride the Sugar TrainKaua‘i
This land tour draws its inspiration from Kaua‘i’s colorful sugar era, when trains moved produce and all shared the fruits of the orchard. A ride on a refurbished plantation train delivers passengers to a lovely rainforest walk, followed by a picnic lunch and a romp through the orchard.
The KAUA‘I PLANTATION RAILWAY is an authentic narrow-gauge railway that chugs through 100 ACRES OF FORMER SUGAR LAND. During the 40-minute ride, tour guides point out working fields of sugar, taro, pineapple, bananas, papaya, coffee, tropical flowers and hardwood trees and recount the history of those crops. They also dish out other interesting tidbits about the island; for example, the 2.5-mile train track contains 7,920 70-pound wooden ties and 1,056 600-pound steel rails. More than 31,000 spikes secure the rails.
Along the way, passengers will see a variety of 50 tropical fruits, vegetables and trees that grow on the land. The train also makes a stop to feed a herd of wild pigs and introduce passengers to a variety of amusing and friendly goats, cattle, horses and more.
Tours begin at 10 a.m. and are conducted five times a day, seven days a week. This is the kind of tour that leaves passengers with a taste of life on Kaua‘i: slow-paced, homegrown and real.
The railway is located in Lihu‘e off Highway 50 between Kukui Grove Center and Kaua‘i Community College.
• Kaua’i Plantation Railway (808) 245-7245