The Event that Started it All- Koloa Plantation Days Parade & Park Celebration

By Hawaii.com Team

Photo courtesy Koloa Plantation Days.

Kauai’s Koloa Plantation days is in its 34th year- an event that started as a hometown parade and park event has grown to a day 10 event with more than 30 free and low-cost activities. The Parade and park celebration are still the iconic events of Koloa Plantation days and cherished by locals. This one of a kind, colorful parade will amaze you with the intricate tropical, floral floats, horseback and walking units, vintage cars, and decorated vehicles that will represent and celebrate panilolo life. A festival signature event on July 27, don’t miss it!

Photo courtesy Koloa Plantation Days.

Competition for parade awards is intense and people from the resorts, businesses and community groups are very creative, so you can expect the unexpected. From costumes to decorations and choreography, they work for weeks and up to parade day to make their ideas become reality. While most of us relax and enjoy the parade, the judges seated along the parade route will intently scrutinize the units. In the afternoon, the awards for the best in each category are announced at Koloa ballpark.

Photo courtesy Koloa Plantation Days.

After the Koloa Town parade head to Anne Knudsen (Koloa) Park for a full day of festivities from 10 AM to 4:00 PM for non-stop entertainment and ono food. Koloa Plantation Days Park Celebration features music representing the diverse cultural mix of the sugar era. For a $5 entry fee, residents and visitors enjoy music and entertainment, delicious local food, keiki rides and activities, a silent auction and one of Kaua‘i’s largest craft fairs of Hawai‘i-made products.

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