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22 Jul 2016
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Koloa Plantation Days, on the sunny south shore of Kauai, kicks off its annual event today, July 22, and runs until July 31. The event is a celebration, through music, dance, costumes, and food, of the many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations. This family oriented event showcases the area's social and natural history as well as its diverse cultural traditions.

Parade Float

The surrounding area of Koloa is the location of Hawaii's first sugar plantation which was established in 1835. The immigrants that compromised its work force came from countries such as the Philipinnes, Europe, the Azores, Japan, Korea, and China. Today, their heritage is what makes up the rich melting pot of cultural that we experience presently in Hawaii.

Hula Dancers at night

Koloa Plantation Days features a number of free activiites that span the 10 days of the celebration. Rodeos, music, food, nature walks, fishing and games are all on the schedule of events that pay historical tribute to the area’s flavorful community and environment. Tradtional Hawaiian crafts and entertainments are also offered. For a full rundown on the schedule of events, visit