Old Koloa Town


About Old Koloa Town


Koloa is where it all began. Hawaiis sugar industry was planted on Kauai at Old Koloa Town, where the first successful sugar venture on the Hawaiian Islands came to life. Throughout the town are some of Hawaiis oldest Western-style buildings, showcasing plantation lifestyle from the mid-1800s. Today, these houses have been converted into shops, restaurants, and cafes that cater to visitors who come to Koloa to experience old Hawaii in its original form. (Photo: tbridge on Flickr)


In 1835, King Kamehameha III leased the land to businessman Duncan McBryde, whose family was influential in Hawaiis agricultural industry. Each building in Old Koloa Town features a plaque with a detailed history of the business and the families who lived and worked there.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Kauai
  • Duration: Drive-by location, 5-10 minute stop if time permits.
  • Insider Tip: A trip to Koloa doesnt take much time, but youll love the slow-paced, laid-back lifestyle of this quaint plantation town.
  • Fun Fact: The annual Koloa Plantation Days festival celebrates the towns history with a parade and fair featuring music, games, food, and storytelling.
  • What to Expect: Remnants of Hawaiis sugar cane industry, with plantation style homes in a small Hawaiian town.