Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27
THURSDAY, July 24
Plantation Days Putting Contest, Poipu Bay Resort Golf Club, 2 – 4 p.m. At the home of the PGA Grand Slam, test your putting skills. Prizes. (742-8711)
Luau & Polynesian Show, Hyatt Regency Kaua‘i, Po‘ipu, 6 p.m. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner of luau and local foods in a beautiful oceanfront garden setting. Musicians and dancers perform music and dances of Hawaii and Polynesia. 15% discount for direct booking, $65 per person. (742-1234)
FRIDAY, July 25
Old Koloa Town Historical Walk, from Koloa School Library, 5:30 p.m. Guides and long-time residents “talk story” about the former uses of historic buildings and anecdotes about the town during the plantation days and the whaling era. (332-5201)
Rodeo Roping Preliminaries, CJM Stables (1/4 mile past Hyatt), 4 p.m. Teams and individuals compete to move on to rodeo on Sunday, July 27. (742-6096)
SATURDAY, July 26
Canoe Race, Kalapaki Beach to Po‘ipu Beach, Koloa Canoe Club, registration 7-7:45 a.m., race starts at 8 a.m. Paddlers in one-and two-person canoes race in open ocean conditions. Spectators welcome at finish at Poipu Beach Park. (639-0985)
“Growing Up Plantation Style” Parade, Koloa Town, 10 a.m. Find a good viewing spot for the parade. There will be walking & equestrian units, floats, decorated vehicles, classic cars and trucks. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Poipu Road, in front of Pohaku T’s, then turns right at the Chevron station onto Koloa Road. It turns left at Sueoka Store onto Maluhia Road and ends at the ballpark. From 9 a.m. to noon, use Ala Kinoiki Road (Koloa-Poipu bypass road) to enter or exit from Poipu. (Stella Burgess, 742-1234)
Celebration at Koloa Ballpark, with food, crafts & entertainment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $1 admission fee. Entertainment in the big tent from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. by Tsunami Taiko drummers, Kasibulan Filipino dance club, Rohotu Tahitian dance group, Lost Pelican Band playing acoustic rock, Latin Amigos kachikachi band, Holomua with Darren Benitez, the great local comedy of Frank De Lima, and headliners, the Opihi Pickers, playing contemporary Hawaiian music. Keiki crafts, face painting, balloons. Huge arts & crafts fair with quality products made in Hawaii. Lots of food and soft drinks. Classic vehicles on display. Silent auction of useful items and services, golf, resort stays, jewelry, fine art, and more from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Display of antique farm and ranch equipment.
SUNDAY, July 27
Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo, CJM Stables (1-1/2 miles past Hyatt), grand entry at noon. Top cowboys & cowgirls compete for champion trophy buckles in riding, roping, barrels, and bull riding. Craft and food booths; free admission. (742-6096)
Cecilio & Kapono “Together 30 Years” Concert, Hyatt Regency Kaua‘i. Doors open 6p.m.; concert starts 7 p.m. $20 general admission. Popular duo performs their distinctive rock and island music. Tickets for sale at Pono Market, Paradise Seafood, Steve’s Mini Mart, Progressive Expressions, Toi’s Thai Kitchen, Ishihara Market, and Stella Burgess at Hyatt Regency, 742-1234 ext. 3770.