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Hawaii is Home to an Abandoned Town Most People Don’t Know About

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Hawaii is well-known for its stunning beaches, active volcanoes, and warm weather. However, did you know that the island of Kauai also has an abandoned village tucked away among its verdant surroundings?

The History of K loa

Ladd & Co. established the town of K loa in 1835, and it was once a prosperous village of sugar plantations. Over the years, it produced millions of pounds of sugar, making it Hawaii’s first commercial sugar plantation. The town expanded in tandem with the business, and by the 1890s, it was home to almost 4,000 people, the majority of whom were immigrants from Portugal, China, Japan, and the Philippines. K Loa was home to a hospital, schools, churches, shops, and a railroad that connected it to the port of Nawiliwili, which was close by.

However, the 20th century saw a downturn in the sugar business as a result of labor disputes, environmental concerns, and competition from other regions. Following the plantation’s closure in 1996, the town’s citizens progressively moved out. The railroad tracks were removed, and a large number of the structures were either destroyed or allowed to degrade. The stone church, the post office, and the old mill are among the few buildings that still stand today. The town is currently abandoned and surrounded by wildlife and overgrown foliage.

The Future of K loa

K loa still has some historical and cultural relevance even after it was abandoned. It is a part of the K loa Heritage Trail, a self-guided walk that highlights the town’s historical sites, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A museum and a cultural center are to be built nearby, and some of the structures have been conserved or repaired. Every year, the community celebrates Plantation Days with music, cuisine, crafts, and events that pay tribute to the area’s history.

K loa is a buried treasure in Hawaii, serving as both a historical marker and a possible source of the future of the island. Although not many people are aware of it, this town is worth visiting and getting to know.

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