KŌLOA , the site of Hawai‘i’s fi rst successful sugar plantation dating back to 1835, is now a popular stop for visitors who frequent the resorts and beaches of PO‘IPŪ. Visitors headed to Kōloa or Po‘ipū on Highway 520 fi rst drive through a mile-long arch of beautiful, shaded greenery called THE TREE TUNNEL , which is a line of eucalyptus trees planted more than a century ago.

Once in Kōloa, visitors can peruse the town’s retail shops, largely located in restored plantation-era buildings, giving the impression that they’re experiencing the slow pace of the island years ago. A number of Kaua‘i’s oldest churches also are located in the community.

Stores established by descendants of Japanese immigrant families still are in operation, and many other storefronts have been carefully restored and converted to clothing stores, surf shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants.

Each summer, the community comes together to celebrate Kōloa’s legacy with KŌLOA PLANTATION DAYS . The 10 festive days feature more than 25 events. For more information, go to koloaplantationdays.com.

The community’s plantation history also can be traced with a visit to KŌLOA HISTORY CENTER , where old photographs and artifacts are displayed. Visit oldkoloatown.com.