Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar Est. 1996

2253 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI, United States

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No grass skirts necessary! This Hawaiian plantation is the ultimate island wedding destination.
Picture a magenta Kauai sunset surrendering to the soft glow of tiki torches surrounding a lily pad laden Hawaii plantation estate. Now insert a few dozen of your closest friends and family members, some fresh-caught seafood, and the gentle strum of a ukulele. Aloha dream wedding!
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Product Launch
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Holiday Party
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Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Kiahuna Plantation Resort, in Poipu, is built on the grounds of what used to be the plantation manager’s estate for Hawaii’s first sugar plantation, Koloa Plantation. The historic plantation manor house, dating back to the early 1930’s, now houses the resort’s front office and restaurant.

The plantation manor, and about two acres of land, was originally a wedding gift to Alexandra “Sandie” Knudsen and Hector Moir from Sandie’s father in 1930. Hector was employed by Koloa Sugar Company, and in 1933 became Manager of the company, the oldest sugar plantation in the Territory of Hawaii, having been founded in 1835.

With Hector’s new position, the manor house soon became the hub of plantation society on Kauai’s south shore. As there were no hotels or restaurants of any size on the island, most entertaining was done at home. The Moirs hosted many social gatherings, such as sit-down dinners and cocktail parties. The men wore coats and ties, and the ladies dressed in evening gowns. The house comfortably held 150 guests, and the parties-sometimes elaborate themed costume parties-often took months of planning.

The original house was a U-shape structure enclosing a patio. It was built of lava rock from the land, and consisted of a living room with fireplace, a dining room, pantry, kitchen, three bedrooms, two baths, and a maid’s bedroom and bath. The wash house, storeroom and garage were to the east of the house in a separate wooden building. The land had been cleared of the scrub brush and koa haole that was predominant in the area. All that was left was lava rock and three trees: two Java plums and a monkey pod.

Sandie Moir started the now-famous gardens as a hobby. The first improvements were two groupings of water lily ponds: one in front of the house and one to the south-east. The first planting were the tropical plants such a ginger, heliconia and others that required lots of water. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that these plants would not thrive in an area with such low rainfall. Eventually, the Moirs purchased additional land surrounding their lot. Another grouping of ponds was built, along with new plantings of cactus and succulents, which thrived. Sandie found that dry land exotic plants did well in the arid climate of Kauai’s south shore. Throughout the years, she continued to supplement the garden with rare and exotic cactus, succulents, trees such as coconut, wiliwili, kou, and a section for orchids and bromeliads. The garden was lovingly landscaped with cascading pools and lava rock.

By 1948, the garden had drawn international attention and was classified as “one of the ten best cactus and succulent gardens in the world,” ranking with the likes of Hunting Gardens and the Royal Gardens of Monaco. After receiving many requests for garden tours, the Moir’s opened the gardens officially to the public in 1954. They were open seven days a week and every visitor was given a guided tour of the grounds by Hector or Sandie themselves, sometimes assisted by their son Eric (“Iki”). By the mid-1960’s thousands of people a year were visiting the “Pa`u a Laka Garden.” (The gardens were named Pa`u a Laka after the ancient Hawaiian name for the area. It means “skirt of Laka,” the Hawaiian goddess of hula.) The gardens have been acclaimed in publications worldwide, including Life and Sunset magazines and numerous newspapers and gardening journals.

In 1968, the Moirs retired from their “garden operation,” moving to Phoenix Arizona and leasing the manor house and land to a mainland corporation. Eventually Kiahuna Plantation Resort was built on the land surrounding the manor house and garden. Today, the Kiahuna staff cares for and maintains the gardens, which are open to the public, free of charge, seven days a week.

The Moirs had one child, Eric “Iki” Moir, born in 1931. He married and he and his wife had four children. It is with Beryl Moir’s kind, caring direction that Plantation Gardens Restaurant exists today. She has provided guidance and donated letters and numerous family photographs to help us tell the history of this wonderful home. We are forever indebted to her vision.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Estimated Price Per Head

from $100 to $200

Additional Charges

4.17% Tax, 3% Event Service Fee, 17-20% Gratuity. $500 Lawn Site Fee (If Reserved)


Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
10 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Indoors Only
Non-smoking Venue
Kid Friendly Events
  • Street Parking
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Everything can seem overwhelming when you are first searching for the perfect venue, so just take a deep breath and keep reading all of the details below.

Picture yourself surrounded by your closest friends and family, colorful orchid gardens that bloom all year round and a large Plumeria tree more than eighty years old. In the distance, mirror koi ponds and glowing tiki torches create that romantic glow in the evening. A wrap around Lanai, also known as our covered veranda, is one of the main attractions of our venue. A very short walk away will take you to a white sand beach where you can take memorable sunset photos. Hidden from the main road, we have an authentic Hawaiian plantation feel at our venue that would be a perfect fit for your Special Event. This is Plantation Gardens. 
Extra Perks:
We provide ivory linen, tableware, glassware, printed personalized menus, and set up. You are more than welcome to bring in your own centerpieces, gift favors, and place cards to enhance the décor of your tables. My staff and I will place the décor on the tables for you, as long as they ready to go. The Lawn site fee includes white, ceremony chairs, up to 50 max, high boys for your cocktail reception and a water station for your guests.


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