July 23, 2018 All Day

Koloa Plantation Days, July 20-29, 2018

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9 am – View Kaneiolouma at Poipu. Join members of Hui Malama o Kaneiolouma as they recount the vibrant history of Po‘ipū, with an introduction to their efforts to restore the area. Please park at Po‘ipū Beach Park and meet at the corner of Po‘ipū and Hoowili Roads (turnoff to Po‘ipū Beach Park). Good walking shoes and sunscreen recommended. 

4 pm – Plantation-Style Living: An Afternoon of Art, Stories and Refreshment – Hosted by Kōloa Union Church.

This event takes place at the historic Smith Memorial Parsonage, an old-fashioned plantation-style home on a beautiful acre of land in the heart of Koloa. The parsonage is owned by Koloa Union Church and has been fully restored and transformed into an art gallery featuring the vibrant watercolors of Hawaiian artist Alan Akana, who paints the flowers of Hawai`i, including indigenous flowers that are found nowhere else in the world. Rev. Dr. Akana is also the pastor of Koloa Union Church and resides in the parsonage.

Tour the beautiful house and grounds of the Smith Memorial Parsonage, learn about the history of the early missionaries doctors in Koloa who once lived on the property and how the arrival of Dr. James and Melicent Smith in 1842 shaped the history of Koloa. At 4:30 p.m. Rev. Dr. Akana will share stories about the Smith-Waterhouse Family, the building and land, and his watercolors of the flowers of Hawai`i. You will also enjoy live entertainment, plantation iced tea and homemade cookies.

Rev. Dr. Alan Akana, a Native Hawaiian and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is an accomplished artist and a published author of Hawaiian history and culture. His recently revised book, The Volcano is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano (2016), and his art ( will be available for purchase, and proceeds will be donated to the parsonage restoration and maintenance fund. Participants who are able are requested to park at Koloa Union Church, 3289 Poipu Road. 

6 pm – Historic Sugar Exhibit and Plantation Life Storytelling – Hosted by The Shops at Kukui’ula.

On Monday, July 23, The Shops at Kukui‘ula will host the Opening Night of the 2018 Koloa Plantation Days’ annual Historic Sugar Exhibit at 6pm as well as the inaugural “Plantation Life Storytelling” with Master Storyteller Kathy “Tita” Collins from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The Historic Sugar Exhibit features portraits of plantation life by photographer Carol Ann Davis, along with a century of archival images from the plantation era courtesy of Grove Farm Homestead Museum. The exhibit also includes artifacts from plantation camp life provided by local families and the Grove Farm Homestead Museum. The exhibit will be open daily from 5pm to 9pm through Friday, July 28, in Suite B119. New this year, The Shops at Kukui‘ula will feature storytelling by Kathy “Tita” Collins, a well-respected entertainer and a well-versed storyteller in English, Hawaiian and Hawaiian Pidgin English. At the Palm Court, enjoy refreshments under the stars while listening to Kathy Collins’ detailed narration of life during the plantation era. For more information, visit, follow @shopsatkukuiula on Facebook and Instagram or call 808.742.9545.