Sometimes referred to as Old Koloa Town, this charming neighborhood is the site of Hawaii’s first sugar plantation. The remains of the sugar mill are adjacent to specialty shops and restaurants in restored plantation buildings— some of which are the oldest on Kauai. The town is built around a huge Banyan tree, and a history center is available, offering insights into life during the island’s plantation era with photographs and artifacts. Here you can pick-up a map of the Historic Koloa Trail, for a self-guided tour of the town’s past. Spend an afternoon strolling the shops for souvenirs, grab a leisurely lunch or book an ATV or horseback riding tour. Check out the landmark Sueoka Store, a family-owned shop that has been in business since the plantation days, and the nearby Raphael Church, one of the oldest in Hawaii. For a scenic drive to Koloa, head south on Highway 520 (Maluhia Road) to pass through what’s simply known as the Tree Tunnel—a canopy of 500 fragrant eucalyptus trees.