Sometimes, Koloa seems like a living museum - a model town, left over from the rugged days of sugar farming. The curious and adventurous will not be disappointed by these opportunities to celebrate Koloa's past:
  • Old Town Koloa: Koloa’s downtown area has been expertly restored to resemble the original sugar plantation town of the 19th century. Quaint storefronts, cafés, boutiques and a mall make up Old Town’s commercial district, and a nearby row of houses and cottages completes this authentic trip back in time. Here in Old Town you can also visit the Old Sugar Mill, a stop on the Koloa Heritage Trail. The mill is one of the last remnants of Koloa’s plantation culture.
  • Botanical Garden: A short drive from Koloa in the Lawai Valley area, the garden is an impressive display of Kauai’s diverse flora and fauna. You’ll find the scientific names for everything you see but also information about Hawaiian legends and folklore that have to do with nature. The Botanical Garden is especially notable because it was commissioned by the United States Congress. 
  • Koloa History Center: Conveniently located within the Old Koloa Mall, this museum summarizes the town’s history with well-organized exhibits about plantation life and local customs. Driving directions to the History Center (and all of the above attractions) can be found here.