Koloa is a microcosm of pre-contact and post-contact Hawai’i. The coastline of the Koloa Plain is a world-class tourist destination. A significant array of archaeological and historical sites in Hawaii exists within this thriving resort community. Our nineteen plus miles of scenic byway connects many of these historical and cultural sites.
Kauai is the oldest and northernmost of the eight major islands in the archipelago. Kauai was also the first Hawaiian island sighted by European explorers Cook (1778) and Vancouver (1792). They moored at Hanakaape Bay, Koloa and found this protected anchorage a good port to replenish their ships. The first settlers to Kauai were Polynesians from the Marquesas (Fenua Enata) and Tahiti.
Mark Twain described Hawaii as “the most beautiful fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean “. The Hawaiian Islands, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 2,500 miles from any major landmass, are the most remote place on planet earth.
Hui Malama O Koloa (HMOK)
From Lihue Airport
1. Turn left onto HI-570/Ahukini Rd.
2. Turn left onto Kuhio Hwy/HI-56 S. (KFC is on the corner)
3. Kuhio Hwy/HI-56 S becomes HI-50 W/Kaumualii Highway
4. Turn left onto HI-520/Maluhia Road