A sleepy stretch of street lined with tall shady trees and charming plantation style buildings, Old Koloa Town can be found on the south side of Kauai. This quaint district is one of the most historic and popular destinations on the island.
Best known as home to the first commercially successful sugar plantation, Old Koloa town paved the way for working immigrants. Attracting individuals from around the world, workers journeyed from Europe, Japan, China, the Philippines, the Azores, Korea and other countries to make Kauai their home. These cultures eventually began to blend with the native Hawaiian population, creating the beautiful “rainbow people” of Hawaii, which can be seen first hand in the island’s diverse population today.
A collection of small boutiques, galleries and restaurants make up Old Koloa Town. Grab a bite at the prized fish market and discover the freshest poke and plate lunches. Stroll along the old-fashioned storefronts and find an array of locally made gifts to choose from. Interested in stepping back in time? Visit The Koloa History Center to dive into the island’s rich plantation past. Better yet, the annual Koloa Plantation Days festival kickstarts in July, offering visitors an interactive look into the Hawaiian culture here on Kauai. Complete with music, food, and traditional games to partake in.
A few miles down from Old Koloa Town one can find a modern change of pace. Enjoy dining and The Shops at Kukui’ula, Spouting Horn and Allerton Botanical Gardens. Not to mention a world-class selection of beaches. Embark on The Koloa Heritage Trail and enjoy a 10 mile walk, bike ride or drive exploring 14 stops and monuments where one can learn the historical significance of each location. In the opposite direction, the breathtaking Koloa Tree Tunnel can be found. Acting as a natural gateway to Old Koloa Town this spectacular canopy of Eucalyptus trees branches off from the main highway.
Whether you’re trying the local cuisine, learning about the culture or simply finding the perfect souvenir for someone special, Old Koloa Town offers a little something for everybody. You’ll be hard pressed not to find the spirit of Hawaii in every step you take. So come explore today and discover classic Kauai in its original form.