Celebration kicks off with walk

KOLOA — Saturday was a perfect day for walking and more than 100 participants overflowed the limited parking on the shoulders of Hapa Road.

“Last year we had about 80 walkers so if we get 100 today, I’ll be happy,” said Lynette Buhk, one of the leaders for the Historic Hapa Road Walk.

That event was one of four taking place throughout the day to kick off the nine-day 2008 Koloa Plantation Days celebration.

Earlier in the morning, the Kiahuna Swim and Tennis Club opened its doors to the Doubles Tennis Tournament which attracted players to five of the facility’s courts.

Although the numbers for this event were not as high as last year’s event, Melissa McFerrin, the coordinator for the overall Koloa Plantation Days celebration, said everyone was having fun when she stopped in to visit during the awards presentation.

Today’s featured event is a Makawehi Sand Dune Walk starting at 9 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa. The Kaua‘i Historical Society leads the two-hour walk which covers the resort grounds, Keoneloa beach and sandstone bluffs.

“Getting Together, Plantation Style” is the theme of a colorful parade that will bring the week to a close on Saturday. The parade will be followed by a grand Koloa Plantation Days celebration in the Anne Knudsen Park.

Coordinators advise to watch for special traffic and parking conditions which will be in effect for this event.

The Plantation Days Rodeo at the CJM Country Stables will start at 11 a.m., Saturday.

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