About Old Koloa Town
Koloa is where it all began. Hawaii’s 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 Hawaii’s 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 Hawaii’s 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.