For Malama Maha`ulepu and the entire South Shore Community, July is synonymous with Koloa Plantation Days. This festival began 26 years ago as a celebration of the long and proud sugar plantation heritage of the Koloa region. Koloa Sugar Plantation was Hawaiiʻs first corporate sugar company, commencing in 1835 and continuing to 1996.
David Chang, a founder of Malama Maha`ulepu who passed away in April, 2015, described Koloa Days as, first and foremost, homecoming, a reunion. During Plantation Days we take more notice of the remnants of the transformative sugar industry: the Mill, the Waita reservoir, the cane haul roads, camp houses and historic small town. Koloa Plantation Days primarily celebrates the multi-ethnic community resulting from the native Hawaiians and residents of the Kingdom of Hawaii melding with all the people who came from around the world to work in the sugar industry. These people created the special, diverse community of Koloa and Poipu. The theme of Plantation Days 2017 is ” Many People, One Community.”
Malama Mahaulepu has participated in Koloa Plantation Days since 2000. We offer a free guided coastal hike and a watercolor class with exceptional local artist Patrice Pendarvis. We proudly walk in the Parade, have a booth at the Koloa ball park on Fair Day and provide childrenʻs activities at that event.
Our involvement is only possible with the help of many volunteers. MM invites your invaluable help with our events.
WALK WITH MALAMA MAHA’ULEPU IN THE PARADE!
Saturday, July 29 – Parade 9 AM – 11AM
Walking in the Parade is the simplest and most fun way that people declare their support for conservation of Mahaulepu. Children and grandchildren and dogs are welcome. We gather in front of the Koloa Library at 9 AM.
This year we will be wearing new T–shirts with our brand new logo. We canʻt give these away, but walkers can purchase the shirts – black with white logo – at cost from our comfort station by the tennis courts beginning at 8.30 a.m. MM shirts of any era are fine to wear too.
If you would like to walk, please email Beryl Blaich, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 828-1438 or (808) 346-9589
MAHA’ULEPU COASTAL HIKE
Wednesday, July 26th , 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Needed: 4 more hike assistants to accompany hiking groups on the walk from Stables, over to the Makauwahi Cave Reserve trail, past the cave overlook, down Maha`ulepu Beach to Kawailoa Bay and back.
Meet at CJM Stables. Park against the corral facing Ha`upu Mountain.
To volunteer or with questions, email Beryl Blaich, email@example.com or call (808) 828-1438
MALAMA MAHA’ULEPU BOOTH AND COMFORT STATION
Saturday, July 29th – 6:00 am to 3:30 pm
MM’s booth is located next to the Koloa Ball Park tennis courts. We welcome help selling T-shirts, talking to people about why it is important to preserve Mahaulepu and passing out information about how people can get involved.
8 volunteers needed
6 am – 8;30 am – Tent, Ts and Displays Set-Up
8:30 – 11am – 3 volunteers needed. Busy T sales time, and booth is great place to watch the parade
11 am – 1 pm – 2 volunteers needed. Selling Ts, talking to people about why preservation of Maha`ulepu is important, passing out info on how to help.
1 pm -2:30 pm – 2 volunteers needed. As above and beginning to pack up booth.
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – 6 needed to take down tent and pack trucks.
To volunteer, email Rayme Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (808) 742-1930.