Operated by Hawaii's own Outrigger, the gorgeous and unique Kiahuna Plantation Resort combines a history connected to the area's sugar plantation era with comfortable accommodations. The resort's grounds were not open to the public until 1972. Before that they were part of the estate and gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Hector Moir, a manager of the Koloa Sugar Company that helped shape the current state of the island.
Poipu beach — Photo courtesy of Kiahuna Plantation Resort
The owner's private home became the present reception area, and the dining area of the Plantation Garden Restaurant is located in the home's living room and other residential rooms. The Moir Gardens are nestled in the yard and consist of cacti and tropical flowers that flourish in the intense sun the area offers. Over 3,000 types of tropical flowers, trees and plants make up the gardens on 35 acres of land.
Historic hotel grounds — Photo courtesy of Kiahuna Plantation Resort
A little over 300 rooms and small homes fill out the resort. Each unit is individually owned by out-of-towners who visit on occasion, and therefore they are all decorated differently. Queen or full sized beds are provided along with lanais (porches) with patio furniture. The small homes have one or two bedrooms with a living room and dining area. Room rates range from about $180 to $600. The beach is nearby as well as many other attractions and restaurants.