I’ve been to Koloa town a bunch of times and I never noticed across the street from all of the shops there is a white circular sculpture. Maybe I saw this before and it never registered. It looks like nothing. But as I was looking at the food truck, I noticed the interior of this circle is a bronze sculpture. Looking online I found out it is The Sugar Monument and is the work of Jan Gordan Fischer, who also did the famous Duke statue in Waikiki. The sculpture pays tribute to Hawaii’s sugar mill workers, who were from all over the world. Depicted in bronze are workers from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, China, Korea, Japan, Portugal and the Philippines.
The Sugar Monument is located on the ruins of the Ladd & Company sugar mill and was built in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Hawaiian sugar industry. The first Hawaiian sugar plantation was in Koloa.
One other thing about this area? It’s so overrun with chickens! I swear they were stalking me!! But anyway, very cool monument. So much more information on The Sugar Monument here.