Events

Kaua‘i Calendar of Events

In our first edition of The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, we listed a calendar of local events for the island. It was a colossal waste of time! Things change so often in Hawaii that we couldn’t keep it current. The Web fixes that. Don’t get me wrong. Some of the events listed below will not occur or will change time or place. That’s because decisions about these things are made quite capriciously in the islands, often the day of the event. We’ll change this page daily if we have to, but you can’t bet your life on the timeliness of these events. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in attending a local event, these might be worth checking into.

On-Going Events

Nightly
Kauai Music Scene one of the best sources to keep up on what’s happening nightly with live music all around the island is www.kauaimusicscene.com.

Wednesdays & Saturdays
Free Hula Show
at Coconut Marketplace in Kapa‘a at 4-484 Kuhio Highway. 5pm on Wednesdays and 1pm on Saturdays.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Kauai Products Fair outdoor crafts fair in northern Kapa’a, 9am–5pm.

Fridays
Free Live Hawaiian Music with Larry Rivera
known as a musical legend in Hawai‘i, Larry Rivera has serenaded many visitors and locals alike with his soothing and soulful voice. 5pm at Coconut Marketplace in Kapa‘a at 4-484 Kuhio Highway.

Fridays
Art Night in Hanapepe
with the galleries open for browsing between 5pm and 9pm.

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
West Kauai Craft Fair outdoor crafts fair in Waimea on the main highway across from the West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center, 9am–4pm.

Fridays & Sundays
Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concerts at the Hanalei Community Center. Friday’s concerts are from 4pm-6pm and Sunday’s concerts are from 3pm-5pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 children & seniors). Call 808-826-1469.

First Saturday of Each Month
Kauai Museum in Lihue offers free admission as well as rotating exhibits and classes throughout the month. Call the Museum at 808-245–6931 for additional information.

First Saturday of Each Month
Kapa‘a Town First Saturdays every month merchants and restaurants stay open late and offer many specials that night.

Second Saturday of Each Month
The Shops at Kukui’ula in Po‘ipu 
host an evening of fine art, fine dining and music under the stars from 6pm-9pm.

Second Saturday of Each Month
Second Saturday Hanalei Town different events happen each month, from art nights, to music, to hula, to fashion shows, to movies, to children’s theatre. The events are all non-alcohol and community oriented. Many businesses stay open late that night. 4pm-9-pm. Call 808-635-2074.

December 2014

December 6-24
Festival of Lights an interior display of Auntie Josie’s gorgeous creations and the dazzling creations crafted by Kauai artisans is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6pm-8pm through Christmas Eve with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free. At the Kauai Historic County building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e. Visit www.kauaifestivaloflights.com.

December 19 & 26
Friday Nights with Santa
Each Friday Evening will include Meet and Greet with Santa (selfies with Santa), a reading of a Christmas story, holiday activities and nutritious Snacks. 6:30pm-8pm. Donations accepted. At Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe Town. Call 808-335-0712.

December 20
Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6pm from Waimea Canyon Park and head down Kaumualii Highway to Alawai Road, turn onto Waimea Road, and end at Hofgaard Park. No parking along parade route and roads close at 5pm til 9:30pm or so. Call 808-338-9117.

January 2015

January 9-25
The Last Five Years
a two-character musical that chronicles a complete cycle of a relationship. The male character starts the story from the beginning and the female from the end until they meet in the middle. All shows run Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 E. Kikowaena Rd., Puhi. Tickets are $25. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org or call 808-245-7700.

January 16 & 17
Kauai Voices: Music of the Heart
includes music of many styles and genres and features well-loved songs from the movies — Rent, West Side Story, Chicago, The Pajama Game — and by such beloved composers as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, The Eagles, The Beatles and James Taylor. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. At St. Michael and All Angels Church, 4364 Hardy Street, Lihu‘e 7:30pm-9:30pm both days. Call 808-482-0133.

January 17
Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki
honors the traditional time of year from November through February when Lono the god of agriculture and peace ruled the land. A sporting event held at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Kamaaina and Mailihini (visitors) ages 5 and above are invited to compete in multiple events. Awards will be given for 1st – 3rd in each event and division, and for overall 1st – 3rd. There will also be cultural demonstrations, community displays, a Kauai made craft fair and ono food. 9am-5pm. Call 808-635-9028.

January 30 & 31
Beyond Therapy
a razor-sharp comedy about looking for love and therapy in all the wrong places. 5:30pm at the Hukilau Lanai Restaurant, 520 Aleka Loop in Kapaa. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 808-635-3727.

February 2015

February 1
Beyond Therapy
a razor-sharp comedy about looking for love and therapy in all the wrong places. 5:30pm at the Hukilau Lanai Restaurant, 520 Aleka Loop in Kapaa. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 808-635-3727.

February 6
22nd Annual Eat Dessert First
include delicious desserts provided by Kauai chefs, sugar-free items, fruit trays and a chocolate fountain, silent auction and Valentines prize drawing (must be present to win). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, ($15 tax deductible contribution). 5:30pm-7:30pm at Kauai Beach Resort. Call 808-332-5654.

February 7 & 8
Taj Mahal, Ledward Kaapana & friends Slack & Blues Concert
a multiple Grammy-winner with members of his unforgettable Hula Blues Band including Pancho Graham, Pat Cockett’ Roger Glenn and special guest lap steel player, Bobby Igano. Joining the group is one of one of Hawaii’s finest guitar players, The Legend and Slackkey Master, Ledward Kaapana and 12 string player Mike Kaawa. Tickets $45 & $75. 7pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday at Courtyard Marriott at Coconut Beach in Kapa‘a. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/904575.

February 14-22
Waimea Town Celebration
is Kauais largest and oldest annual festival on the island. Free live entertainment, food, cultural and family activities. Visit www.waimeatowncelebration.com.

February 15
Celebration of the Year of the King Kaumali’i
at the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park from 11:30am-5pm. A 3-act play depicting important historic events of the Kings life, performances of original music written for the King by local songwriters and hula presentations in his honor by four Kaua’i halau (schools) hula. Call 808-338-1332.

February 20-March 8
Matilda’s Waltz
 an original based on family and sugar plantation life and politics in Hawaii with the impact of World War II. Directed by the author. All shows run Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 E Kikowaena Rd., Puhi. Tickets $15-$25. Call 808-651-9994.

March 2015

March 1, 6-8
Matilda’s Waltz
 an original based on family and sugar plantation life and politics in Hawaii with the impact of World War II. Directed by the author. All shows run Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 E Kikowaena Rd., Puhi. Tickets $15-$25. Call 808-651-9994.

March 15-29
Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai
a two-week period the events Kuhio’s are located in Poipu, Eleele, Lihue, Anahola and Wailua. The Prince Kuhio Celebration, intended to honor Kuhio and his efforts to foster Hawaiian cultural values, provides a long list of interactive educational sessions about Hawaiian cultural practices, arts and crafts. Visit www.princekuhio.net.

March 21
7th Annual Hoedown for Hope benefit the American Cancer Society. Featuring an evening of dancing, dining, live and silent auctions, challenging games, photo booth and a variety entertainment, including band: Not My First Rodeo. $125. 5pm-10:30pm at Kilohana Lu‘au Pavilion in Puhi. Call 808-754-5741.

March 27 & 28
Annual Hanapepe Orchid & Art Festival includes live music, entertainment, shopping, crafts, food and orchids. Noon-9pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday. Free event. Call 808-651-9801.

March 28
5th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration
reaffirms the leadership, stewardship, and vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole and his legacy of perpetuating the growth of a healthy Hawaiian community on ‘aina ho‘opulapula (homesteads land). Participate in educational activities, and health and wellness exhibits for the whole family. Enjoy the live music, entertainment, and hula performances. 11am-5pm at Anahola Beach Park. Free event. Call 808-639-1754.

April 2015

April 3-19
Prodigal Father an original light-hearted comedy to be directed by the author, Richard Peck. Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 E Kikowaena Rd, Puhi. $15-$25. Call 808-651-9994. 

April 25
ACS’s Relay for Life–Hanapepe Event
fund and friend raiser for Kauai’s American Cancer Society that is part concert, part dance-mania, and all about honoring those who have moved on from cancer and those that still survive the fight. 5pm-6am (the next morning). Call 808-241-6394.

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