July 20, 2018 All Day

Koloa Plantation Days, July 20-29, 2018

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Friday, July 20th:

4:30 pm – Friday Night Bash, 7th Annual Music in the Country: Food Truck Frenzy & Barrel Racing- Hosted by CJM Country Stables and Paco’s Tacos. 

For a “bucking” good time gates open at 4:30pm for the ever popular Bulls, Barrels, Mutton Busting, BBQ & Beer Bash! Admission $8, children free when accompanied by adult. Enjoy the Fast-n-Furious Grand Entry at 5:30pm followed by an evening full of exciting Rodeo Events including the crowd pleasing Bull Riding, Junior Steer Riding, Barrel Racing, “Keiki Mutton busting” (sheep riding) and The Iron Horse Race (beast versus machine, barrel racer versus dirt bike rider). Get your Fix of Island Delights at the Paco’s Tacos Cantina and “Food Truck Frenzy” which abounds with hamburgers, local plate lunches, Mexican food, Greek food, BBQ, fried ice cream, Ono Pops and shave ice. Two-step to your hearts content or relax & enjoy an ice cold beer in the Country Beer Garden while Kauai’s own country music band “Not My First Rodeo” perform live after the Action Packed Rodeo! A great way to kick off the Koloa Plantation Days Celebration. Paniolo style fun for the entire Ohana (family)!

6:30 pm – Evening talk about Hapa Trail – Hosted by Koloa Community Association and Hui Malama o Koloa. 

Learn about the archaeological significance of Hapa Trail and how early residents of Koloa lived from esteemed archaeologist Hal Hammett and friends, presented by the Koloa Community Association. If you plan to attend the walk on Saturday, this is a great option to get the full background in a lecture setting. If you are not able to attend the walk this is a good way to get an overview of the area and its significance. 

Saturday, July 21st:

8 am – St. Raphael’s Church, 8am come early for pre-walk coffee hour and visit – Hosted by Koloa Community Association and Hui Malama o Koloa. 

Come early to Hapa Trail Walk for a morning refreshment and a bit of history from St. Raphael’s Church. This is one of the oldest churches in Koloa with an over 175 year history, and has some beautiful displays to view during this open house prior to the walk.

9 am – Historic Hapa Trail Walk – Hosted by Koloa Community Association and Hui Malama o Koloa. 

An easy morning walk along historic Hapa Trail by the Koloa Community Association. Meet your tour guides at St. Raphael’s Church – this is the island’s oldest Catholic church, so your historical tour is off to a good start. Hapa Road Trail isn’t used anymore, but it was once a major route connecting Koloa and the Poipu area. Today, Hapa Trail has been designated by the County of Kauai as a pedestrian and bike way. On the walk, the guides will share many interesting stories about life in the plantation days and the Koloa Field System. They will share knowledge of archeological surveys, history and point out archeological sites and archeological preserves in the area including the extensive and ingenious ‘auwai system the Hawaiians built to irrigate the area known as the Koloa Field System. The Koloa Field System occupied most of the southern portions of na ahupua‘a of Koloa and Weliweli. The Hapa Trail Restoration Committee and other members of the Koloa Community Association have worked hard to prepare Hapa Road Trail for this year’s walk, spending mornings clearing the undergrowth so that walkers can view and experience the road in a state as close to the original road as possible. Following the walk refreshments will be served at Poipu Beach Park. Participants will enjoy more chances to “talk story”. The walk and tour is offered free of charge. All walkers will receive a brochure with a history of the area east and west of Hapa Trail, learning about na wahi kupuna (archeological sites and preserves), as well as the ‘auwai system that irrigated the Koloa Field System.The ‘auwai system started in the Waikomo Stream area of Koloa Town and irrigated all the kalo, kō and ‘uala grown in this arid area today. Hapa Trail t-shirts also available for purchase. 

11 am – 19th Annual Plantation Days Rodeo Two full days of Hawaiian Style Rodeo Action – Hosted by CJM Country Stables / Paco’s Tacos. 

Rodeo is a big sport in Hawaii, you’ll be amazed at the level of competition displayed by our contestants. Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys and cowgirls) have been top rodeo competitors since Ikua Purdy of Waimea, Hawaii, won a national roping contest in Wyoming in 1908. From little keiki on up, ropers and riders throughout Hawaii compete in numerous events every year. This years 19th Annual Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo will feature Bull Riding, Wild Cow Milking, High Dollar Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Break-away Roping, and Hawaiian’s own events Po’o Wai U & Double Mugging. The young keiki cowboys and cowgirls will get into the action with Mutton Busting (sheep riding) Keiki Barrel Racing, Jr. Steer riding and Kids Stickhorse / Dummy Roping. Witness first hand thrilling rodeo action, Paco’s Tacos Cantina, an assortment of food trucks, and enjoy an array of merchandise, art, interactive and informational booths. We have an exciting lineup of distinctive designed days below: 

July 20th Friday Night Bash-4:30 to 9:30, live country band and dancing music & the best of the best state’s team ropers competing in a The High Dollar Roping. Watch our ladies turn and burn their first round of the Wahine Barrel Racing. Also meet our Queen contestants vying for the crown to be announced the following day. 

July 21st Paniolo Heritage Saturday Rodeo- 11:00 to 3:30 – first round of rodeo events including Bull Riding, Double Mugging, Kids Mutton Busting, Team Roping and our new event Wild Cow Milking. In addition to the exciting events will be a tribute to the Hawaiian Cowboy the Paniolo. There will be a special grand entry, educational booths, Hawaiian themed foods, workshops and displays to honor our past.

July 22nd Kids Family Fun Sunday Rodeo- 11:00 to 3:30 – final round where winners are crowned after each event. Before, during and after the rodeo there will be kid friendly foods, carnival games and activities like our petting zoo.

Admission $10 at gate, presale tickets online $8, kids under 12 are free. Free parking. For more information go to

1 pm – Keiki Fishing at Waita – Hosted by Kauai ATV. 

Visit Waita Reservoir on Saturday afternoon, July 21 1:00pm to 4:00pm for a FREE keiki “catch and release” fishing experience, courtesy of Kauai ATV and Kauai Bass Fishing.

Waita is Hawaii’s largest body of fresh water and is home to tilapia, big mouth bass and peacock bass. A rare opportunity to introduce this family activity of bygone years to your keiki. Reservations are required as space is limited. All keiki and family meet at Kauai ATV for check in and directions, located at 3477A Weliweli Road, Old Koloa Town. Bring your own equipment (bait and fishing poles). For reservations call the Kauai ATV office at 742-2734 or sign up online. 

5 pm – Festival Opening & Sunset Ho’olaulea. 

Sunset Ho`olaulea at Poipu Beach Athletic Club, FREE concert, 5-8:30pm. Join us for the revival of this Koloa Plantation Days tradition with music and food for an opening weekend celebration. This year brings a family focus to the event, with FREE games by Got Games! for all the keiki. Parents can enjoy a selection Kauai’s best food trucks – including Porkys, The Fresh Shave, Kickshaws and more. The restaurant will also be open that night, offering family & fine dining and a bar option with a birds eye view to the entertainment. This year’s entertainment features a headliner along with local musicians and past winners of the Keoki’s Ukes in Paradise competition for a fun family event reflecting a diverse range of local music. Join us for an outstanding evening for the whole family! The Public is invited to bring beach blankets and chairs to enjoy the evening. No coolers. Free parking on site. 2290 Koloa Road. Presented in partnership with the Poipu Beach Resort Association.