Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum
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Upcoming Events

Ohana Christmas Night
Friday, December 18, 2020
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

     Come enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer with a free Ohana Christmas Night at Grove Farm museum.  The main house will be open for a “walk through” to see the traditional Christmas tree decorating the living room and there will be
hot chocolate for all!   No reservations are required.
Special items from the museum’s gift shop as well as the delicious
Grove Farm Ice Box Cookies will be available for purchase. 

     Please wear a mask and observe social distancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mabel Wilcox and Kikuni Moriwaki
by the Christmas tree in Grove Farm Parlor.
December 1971

A Christmas Tree Story

        Mabel Wilcox described her childhood Christmases at Grove Farm with a Christmas tree being in what started as a guest cottage, then became a school for the Wilcox and Rice children who shared a governess for their early education.  They would decorate the tree with popcorn, wild pasture “tomatoes,” and small lighted candles.  Miss Mabel was usually given a gift of a doll and maybe a piece of clothing.

        As adults their Christmases became a bit more formal with a Norfolk pine and more commercial ornaments, but again with the lighted candles.  That tradition continued with Miss Mabel, Miss Elsie, Ethel Damon and Helen Lyman.

          Miss Mabel was given a six-foot potted living white tipped Cedar tree (in picture) by Dora Rice Isenberg from the “German forest” between the Isenberg Molokoa Lihue home at German hill and their Kukaua mountain house on the edge of the Kilohana crater rim above Lihue.

        In her last years alone at Grove Farm, Miss Mabel enjoyed that same tree with relatively fewer ornaments, but still with the lighted candles.  Shortly after her passing the tree died.

 

 

TRAIN RIDES ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Locomotive monthly “Fire-ups”

All Aboard!Monthly Fire Ups

We invite you to take a ride back in time aboard an authentic Grove Farm Plantation steam locomotive the second Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The train depot is located on Haleko Road – rides are first come, first served!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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