Putting contest heats up Koloa Days

POIPU — Kirk Bakken was thrilled when he learned he was tied for the lead of the Koloa Plantation Days Putting Contest Thursday at the Poipu Bay Golf Course.

“We’ve been coming to the putting contest for about seven years,” Bakken said. “We’ve been coming to Kauai for longer than seven years, but only recently we started planning our vacation around the Koloa Plantation Days celebration.”

The California boy’s spot on top of the scoreboard was short-lived, however, as Vicky Braun of Dallas carded two aces en route to taking the lead by one stroke. Her lead stood as a contingent of Kauai firefighters turned in their scorecards, several tying Braun for the lead at 19, one stroke over the par 18.

Braun, who rushed off to attend the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative general membership meeting, was content with her two aces.

“She didn’t even want to come to the putting contest,” said her husband, George. “Now, she’ll probably let the firemen get the prize since they do such a good job for Kauai.”

The Koloa Plantation Days celebration comes to a close this weekend with the Flavors of Kukuiula opening up at 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Shops at Kukuiula where restaurants and eateries bring their chefs out with a sampling of “street food” under the canopy of music.

Saturday, Maluhia Road closes at the Poipu Bypass and Koloa Road at the Poipu Bypass at 9 a.m. for the annual Koloa Plantation Days parade and hoolaulea at the Anne Knudsen Park.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. from the area near Koloa Elementary School followed by the hoolaulea at the park featuring food, crafts, and keiki activities.

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