POIPU — Catherine Lo said one of the good things about plantation days was there wasn’t a homeless problem.
“I never got to live in a plantation camp,” Lo said Monday night at The Shops at Kukuiula while studying the artifacts, posters, and other material at the Koloa Plantation Days historical exhibit and movie night. “I’m working on a piece on the New Mill and the camp of more than 20 houses around it. Plantation life was all about family and aloha where people took care of each other, and that is why there was no homeless problem.”
The historic display will be available through Friday night when it closes with the end of the Flavors of Kukuiula, featuring the kachi-kachi music of Wally Rita y Los Kauaianos.
Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, Kukuiula assistant real estate manager, said chefs from the shopping center’s restaurants will be out jamming on the sidewalk area and the entertainment starts with the John Rivera trio at 5:30 p.m.
“This is a great way to celebrate pau hana on a Friday,” McFerrin-Warrack said.
Mamo and JoAnn Kaneshiro were also looking over the artifacts they pulled out from under their house.
“Melissa asked if they could borrow the items for the exhibit,” Mamo said. “I told them they could give them to Phyllis Kunimura after the exhibit since I probably won’t be using them, anymore. Most of the tools came after the sugar mill closed and Big Boy said I could help myself to the tools.
McFerrin-Warrack said in addition to the contribution from the Kaneshiro family, there are items which were put together after Trinette Kaui of A&B Properties invited them to “the vault.” Other items come from Carol Ann Davis’ collection, including a wedding kimono and a stock of photographs, and the Grove Farm Homestead Museum.
The Koloa Plantation Days celebration continues with a rare “Look Back Through the Sugar Era” walk-through of the Grove Farm sugar mill starting at 9 a.m. Thursday. Reservations are required for this popular event which has sold out each time it was presented.
A putting contest gets underway at 2 p.m. at the Poipu Bay Golf Course, and people can wrap up the day at the Koloa Missionary Church for a talk story about the church and Koloa town with Niles Kageyama starting at 4:30 p.m.