The Kilohana Plantation estate on the Hawaiian island of Kauai has a boozy train ride, and there’s never been a better way to chugga-chugga-chug your Mai Tais in paradise. Trains converted into drinking cars have taken over as the preferred method of travel, and Hawaii isn’t going to be left out.
The Luau Express Train Tour and Luau Kalamaku happens every Tuesday and Friday night. It all starts when you’re greeted at the entrance of the 105-acre Kilohana Plantation, where you’re given a fresh flower lei and guided to the all-you-can drink bar loaded with Mai Tais, beer and wine. Then a stroll through the garden is in order, as well as a stop by the Koloa Rum Company to taste the single-batch rums made from local sugar cane. Then it’s time for more Mai Tais (open bar, remember?) and the actual train.
With drink in hand, the 40-minute Luau Express Train Tour will take you around the entire plantation. There are rows upon rows of more than 50 varieties of fruit trees and plenty of pineapple plants popping out of the ground. Exotic tropical flowers will draw you in from afar. If animals are more your speed, you’ll be able to spot donkeys, goats, sheep, horses, cattle, ducks, geese and a herd of wild pigs while you sip on your cocktail. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get the chance to toss the animals some treats (just make sure not to throw your drink).
After the meandering ride around tropical paradise, the Luau Express drops you off where you departed. A torch lighting Imu ceremony, pig roast and live luau show awaits. Also, more Mai Tais. The whole experience from the first open bar to the luau dinner will set you back $125.45.
The tracks around the Kilohana Plantation don’t take you very far. But the Luau Express proves it’s not about the length of the journey, it’s about the bottomless Mai Tais consumed along said journey.