The time has come once again to celebrate the rich history and cultural diversity of Kauai while enjoying all that the island’s south side has to offer during your stay at the finest Hawaii luxury homes. The 27th annual Koloa Plantation Days celebration and festival spans ten fun-filled days, from July 20th-29th. This exciting tradition gathers residents and visitors to Kauai’s southern shores each July for food, fun, rodeo, live music, keiki events and so much more.
In 1835 Hawaii’s first sugar plantation was founded in the town of Koloa, and although the sugar era has passed, its legacy lingers on. Sugar brought waves of immigrants to Hawaii from around the world looking for honest work and a fresh start. Workers from Europe, Japan, China, the Philippines, the Azores, Korea and other countries journeyed across the sea and made Kauai their home. These cultures eventually began to blend with the native Hawaiian population to create the beautiful “rainbow people” of Hawaii. When asked about their heritage, many locals proudly recite a long and varied list of nationalities.
The Koloa Plantation Days celebration began humbly in 1985 with a luau to celebrate the plantation’s 150th anniversary. Everyone had such a great time that an annual event was created. Today, the festival includes over 25 family-friendly events designed to entertain and educate the public about Hawaii’s storied past, the many different cultures that comprise modern Hawaiian society and the natural beauty of Kauai’s southern shores.
The exciting rodeo competition is one of the favorite events each July. Paying homage to the long-standing tradition of the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, men and women from throughout the islands and beyond compete for prizes in team and individual roping events, barrel racing and bull riding, to name a few. Many visitors are surprised to learn of rodeo’s popularity in Hawaii, and everyone will be impressed by the skill and expertise on display. Friday, July 20th ends with a Paniolo BBQ, featuring delicious food, live music and story telling.
Koloa Plantation days offers countless opportunities to get moving while enjoying the beauty of Kauai’s south side. Traditional Hawaiian games, a historic walk through Old Koloa Town, a tennis challenge for charity and guided nature hikes lead up to the Family Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, July 29th. The 5k, 10k, 10-mile and 1-mile Keiki Run provide a challenge for all levels and a chance to soak up some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
The festival fun, complete with golf events, luaus, concerts and craft fairs, culminates on Saturday, July 28th with the Annual Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade and Park Celebration. Following the pageantry of the parade, the Anne Knudsen Park will host a full day’s celebration from 10-5, with a full line-up of talented musical acts, crafts, food and a silent auction.
Come learn, play, eat, shop and explore the vitality of Kauai’s Koloa/Poipu region while learning about our island’s amazing people and fascinating history.
For more information and a complete schedule of events visit https://www.koloaplantationdays.com/. We hope to see you there!