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KOLOA — David Chang is greatly missed, said Snookie Buhk Saturday while registering walkers for the historic Hapa Trail Walk in Koloa.

“I used to be a Hamano,” Buhk said, tracing her roots back to the Koloa area. “David used to come to these walks, faithfully.”

Chang passed away in April and Louie Abrams of the Koloa Community Association, host of the annual walk, said Chang’s passing is similar to that of many of the traditional items that are no more, such as manju and the familiar blue-and-white Chang’s Bus Service vehicles.

Teddy Blake, also of the Koloa Community Association, said the historic Hapa Trail, traditionally connecting the Koloa town area with the Poipu area, is about the Koloa ahupuaa, which extends from the mountains to the sea.

The historic walk is presented as part of the 10-day Koloa Plantation Days celebration which continues today with the semifinals and finals of the Poipu Kai Charity Tennis at the Poipu Kai tennis courts starting at 8 a.m.

“Finnegan loves the golf balls so we’re taking in the Mini Golf Tournament at the Lawai Beach Resort,” said Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, a KPD event coordinator. “This starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. and golf to start from 10 a.m.”

Admission is charged for the 16th annual Plantation Days rodeo which gets under way from 11 a.m. at the CJM Country Stables in Poipu. A free live music presentation, Mixed Plate, closes out the day. Music starts at 5 p.m. at the Old Koloa Town courtyard.

Monday’s activities include a view of the Kaneiolouma complex at the turnoff at the Poipu Beach Park starting at 9 a.m.

New this year is “The Missionary Legacy, Talk Story and Walking Tour” of the Koloa Union Church starting at 4 p.m.

The Plantation Days exhibit and historic film night wraps up Monday, starting at 6 p.m. at The Shops at Kukuiula.


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