The Shops at Kukuiula hosts events during Koloa Plantation Days

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    Master storyteller Kathy “Tita” Collins talks about sugar plantation life on Kauai July 23 at 6 p.m. at The Shops at Kukuiula as part of Koloa Plantation Days.

POIPU — The Shops at Kukuiula welcomes the 33rd annual Koloa Plantation Days by hosting three special events:

w Historic Sugar Exhibit and Plantation Life Storytelling — July 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

w Plantation Cooking at Kauai Culinary Market — July 25, 3:30 to 6 p.m.

w Flavors of Kukuiula: Koloa Plantation Days — July 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to once again be part of Koloa Plantation Days,” said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, general manager at The Shops at Kukuiula. “It is such a significant event for our community and a true celebration of Kauai’s history.”

The Historic Sugar Exhibit will feature 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 will also include artifacts from plantation camp life provided by the museum and local families. The exhibit will be open daily from 5 to 9 p.m. through July 28 in Suite B119.

New this year, The Shops at Kukui‘ula will host Plantation Life Storytelling by Master Storyteller Kathy “Tita” Collins. At the Palm Court, attendees can enjoy refreshments under the stars while listening to Collins’ narration of life during the plantation era.

The weekly Kauai Culinary Market will feature plantation foods that were brought to Kauai during the sugar plantation days from diverse cultures and continue to be enjoyed by residents and visitors today, along with a special chef demonstration of the different flavors and cultural influences on local food.

The Shops at Kukuiula will also present a special Flavors of Kukuiula event in celebration of Koloa Plantation Days. As Kauai’s largest family-friendly pau hana party, Flavors of Kukuiula will pay homage to the island’s plantation heritage. Kauai’s top Kachi Kachi band, Wally Rita Y Los Kauaianos, will join the celebration and plantation treats and delicacies will be sold street-food style along with a wide variety of refreshments.

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