Koloa Plantation Days Festival - Kauai - Hawaii

Koloa Plantation Days Festival – Kauai – Hawaii

2018 marks the 33rd year for Koloa Plantation Days Festival, a nine day celebration of Hawaii’s sugar industry and heritage. Koloa plantation was founded in 1835, the first in the islands. The birth of the sugar industry shaped the lives of everyone in Hawaii forever. Although the mill and fields are idle in Koloa as well as virtually all over the state, many people in Hawaii are former workers themselves or descendants of plantation workers. Koloa Plantation Days Festival brings people to Koloa and Poipu on Kauai’s south shore to celebrate aspects of the plantation lifestyle.

Koloa Plantation Days Festival is held every year in July. The many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this ten-day festival. This year the Koloa Plantation Days Festival is from July 20th to July 29th and every day is packed with events and activities. Offering parades, rodeos, runs, gaming, shows and more, you are sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy your time on the south shore.

Koloa Plantation Days Festival Schedule

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Friday Night Bash, 7th Annual Music in the Country: Food Truck Frenzy & Barrel Racing

Evening talk about Hapa Trail

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

St. Raphael’s Church, 8am come early for pre-walk coffee hour and visit

Historic Hapa Trail Walk

19th Annual Plantation Days Rodeo
Two full days of Hawaiian Style Rodeo Action

Keiki Fishing at Waita

Festival Opening & Sunset Ho’olaulea

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Miniature Golf Tournament

19th Annual Plantation Days Rodeo
Two full days of Hawaiian Style Rodeo Action

Mixed Plate – Live Music

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

View Kaneiolouma at Poipu

Plantation-Style Living: An Afternoon of Art, Stories and Refreshment

Historic Sugar Exhibit and Plantation Life Storytelling

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Koloa Plantation Days Heritage Craft Fair

Historic Tour of McBryde Garden and Talk Story

Polynesian Revue & Fire Dancing

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Mahaulepu Coastal Hike

Traditional Hawaiian Games

Plantation Cooking at Kauai Culinary Market

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Look Back Through the Sugar Era

Plantation Days Putting Contest

Talk Story at Garden Island Federal Credit Union Koloa Branch

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Watercolor Class at Mahaulepu

Historic Koloa Town: the Living Legacy Of Koloa Plantation – Talk Story by Catherine Pascual Lo

Flavors of Kukui‘ula: Koloa Plantation Days

Old Koloa Town Historical Walk

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Annual Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade

Annual Park Celebration

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Family Fun Run/Walk – 5K, 10K, 10 Mile + 1 Mile Keiki Run

Keoki’s Ukes in Paradise Keiki Ukulele Competition

Koloa Plantation Days Festival – Map of Events


For more detailed information about the history and featured events of the festival, go to the Koloa Plantation Days website.


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