Welcome to The Kōloa District of Kauai

Welcome to Our Community

Koloa, sometimes called Old Koloa Town or Homestead, was the site of the first sugar plantation in the Hawaiian Islands. King Kamehameha III leased the land to Duncan McBryde in 1835. The remains of the sugar mill along with a plaque to the workers is located across the street from the shops in town.

 

Email or write for information:

Koloa Community Association
PO  Box 1313, Koloa, HI  96756

 

koloacommunityassociation@gmail.com

History of Kōloa

Kōloa is the birthplace of the Hawaiian sugar industry. In 1835 William Hooper built the first large-scale sugar plantation in the islands (the Hawaiians had been growing sugar cane for centuries and in the early 1800s small plantations were being run by Chinese). In fact, in Hawaiian, "ko" means sugar and "loa" translates to long, referring to the long-jointed sugar cane of this region. Kōloa Town grew up around the Plantation Industry, attracting people to come work there from many different countries. Its buildings housed plantation stores and services for these people, including Kauai's first hotel.

While the plantation industry has long since died out, the Hawaiians had the foresight to preserve these 15 buildings. The old wooden structures are in stark contrast with the newer, fancier shopping centers popping up all over the islands. But here in lies the appeal. Take a walk through Old Kōloa Town and you can't help feel a little bit of the historic significance of this once bustling 19th century plantation community.

While you're in Kōloa, check out the Kōloa History Center in the center of town to learn more about the colorful history of this quaint little town.