The 16th annual Koloa Plantation Days festival, commemorating the culture of the various groups who immigrated to Hawaii during the sugar and pineapple plantation era, will take place July 21 to 30.

Held on Kauai's south shore each year, the festival incorporates music, dance, food and numerous activities to highlight the traditions and heritage of the various peoples that populate the Aloha State today. There are guided walks and talk story events, sports, themed children's activities and live entertainment. The festival also includes a rodeo, pitting the best of the islands against the mainland riders.

The festival is held in the same area where Hawaii's first sugar plantation was founded in 1835. Most of the events are free and open to the public. The festival highlights the history of the region as well as the immigrants from the Philippines, Europe, the Azores, Japan, Korea, China and elsewhere that worked the fields and brought their traditions, cuisine, music and other influences to the islands.

Other events include a film night, craft fairs, culinary demonstrations and tasting events, Polynesian revue and a historic parade and park celebration.

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