The year was 1985 and a group of people got together to hold a parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of sugar in Hawaii.
The small parade was the seed that gave birth to the Koloa Plantation Days celebration that spans 11 days and offers activities, including the historic parade that started everything.
Today, the parade and celebration at the Anne Knudsen Park offers classic cars, colorful floats, walking units, and lots of horseback riders.
The parade, enhanced by the appearance and performance of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, opened up the gates to the Anne Knudsen Park where the “largest craft fair” covered two tents, and local ethnic foods filled one big tent.
Entertainment started with the Tsunami Taiko and included performances by Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala and a guest appearance by Beat Lele.