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This week we took Mia on her second train ride at the Kilohana Plantation. We took her for the first time on her first birthday, but this time was so much better, now that she is walking and talking more. The Kilohana Plantation is located in Lihue on the East Side of the island and takes up 105 acres. Created in 1935, this once thriving sugar plantation is now a historic landmark and one of the finest examples of plantation era architecture in Hawaii. In 1986 Kilohana opened it’s doors to the public and grew from 36 acres of charming gardens to a visitor destination including, the historic mansion, agricultural park, plantation railway, Gaylord’s restaurant, Lu’au Kalamaku, Koloa Rum Company and much more! This really is a great place to take your family and spend the whole afternoon or day.
On this visit, we only had time to ride the train, but we will be going back again soon and I will show a little bit more of this property because it’s pretty stunning. The train is up and running 7 days a week, so you have plenty of chances to check it out. The whole ride is about 40 minutes, which I think is just the right amount of time for kids, or at least for Mia it is. I was really proud of Mia, she actually sat in our laps on the train and watched and listened to everything. The train passes through a variety of fruit orchards, gardens, exotic flowers and trees and stops at a pasture of goats, pigs, horses, and cows that you can pet and feed. I think the highlight of the ride for Mia was when we got out and fed the animals. It was so much more fun doing it this time with Mia as opposed to the first time when she just turned one. Now that she is 20 months old, she can walk around and feed them herself and actually understand what is going on.
The first set of pictures is from the first time we took Mia on her birthday. My Aunt was in town visiting at the time so she and my mom were able to join us! It’s so crazy looking back at these photos and seeing how much Mia has grown in just 7 months. She wasn’t quite walking yet here, but it was still a fun experience taking her.
These next photos are from our trip this past week. Look at how much bigger Mia is! Why is it so emotional looking back at how much our babies have grown?? I feel like she’s basically going off to college already!!! Oh, and if you are wondering, yes I am wearing the same dress in both sets of photos. That was definitely not planned! ha
It’s fun finding activities that I can continue to take Mia on as she grows up. It makes it exciting to see the differences in her interactions and what she is learning every time we go. The first time we went on the train Mia was only big enough to sit on my lap and just look around at her surroundings. This time she was walking around and was so excited with everything we passed while on the train. When we got to the animals she would point to the pigs and say “oink oink”. It made me so happy. What other fun activities do you guys do with your kids that you continue to do as they get older? I would love to hear!
This photo makes me laugh so hard. Mia will do this thing when you pick her up where she goes completely limp and just hangs there and she thinks it’s absolutely hilarious!