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.

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

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

Fridays or Saturdays
Tune Your World to Aloha with a traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert. FREE gift drawing. Tickets $20 ($15 kids, seniors). At Children of the Land Cultural Center Kauai Village (Safeway/Longs in Kapa’a), 7pm. Call to confirm dates 808-826-1469.

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, Saturdays & Sundays
Slack Key Guitar Concerts at the Hanalei Community Center. Friday’s concerts are from 4pm-6pm, Saturday’s are from 5pm-7pm 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
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.

July 2014

July 10-18
Ka Aha Hula o Halauaola 2014-World Hula Conference 
with invitees from around the world. At Kauai Community College in Puhi. 8am-5pm daily. Visit www.hulaconferences.org.

July 18-27
Koloa Plantation Days over 25 events celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai’s south shore communities of Koloa and Po‘ipu, during this 10-day family-oriented festival. Visit www.koloaplantationdays.com.

July 24-August 10
Avenue Q
presented live on stage. Tony Award-winning hilarious play by the award winning composer of Book of Mormon and Frozen. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays at 7pm at Puhi Theatre Warehouse, 4411 E Kikowaena St., Puhi. This show is rated PG15. Call 808-246-8985.

July 26
Hawaii Ocean Film Festival
featuring films about marine resources, ocean recreation, and cultural connections to the sea. In Waipa $5. Call 808-652-3392 or visit www.hawaiioceanfilmfestival.org.

July 26
Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge 300 other swimmers from all the other Hawaiian islands as well as the mainland and international visitors, in one of four open-water races. In addition to two races held for the Keiki (kids) there will also be a 1,000 and 3,000 meter courses. Tradition of this race honors each Keiki who finishes the race with a ribbon, while in the adult races the top three swimmers in each category receive a medal. This year our Swim Challenge was named one of the Top 100 Open Water Swims in the United States. Starts at 7am at Hanalei Pier. Fees: $10 for keiki, $40 for adult. Call 805-657-9454 or visit www.hanaleibayswimchallenge.com.

July 30-August 2
Kaua‘i Music Festival 2014 is a 4-day celebration of the art & craft of songwriting. Daily activities, include songwriting and/or interaction with some of the best professional songwriters in America. Friday & Saturday evening concerts, include Grammy, Na Hoku Hanohano, and Emmy-winning musicians from throughout Hawai‘i and the mainland. Call 808-634-6237 or visit www.kauaimusicfestival.com.

August 2014

July 24-August 10
Avenue Q
presented live on stage. Tony Award-winning hilarious play by the award winning composer of Book of Mormon and Frozen. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays at 7pm at Puhi Theatre Warehouse, 4411 E Kikowaena St., Puhi. this show is rated PG15. Call 808-246-8985.

July 30-August 2
Kaua‘i Music Festival 2014 is a 4-day celebration of the art & craft of songwriting. Daily activities, include songwriting and/or interaction with some of the best professional songwriters in America. Friday & Saturday evening concerts, include Grammy, Na Hoku Hanohano, and Emmy-winning musicians from throughout Hawai‘i and the mainland. Call 808-634-6237 or visit www.kauaimusicfestival.com.

August 2
Sand Festival sand castle/art/sculpture contest to build a sand castle or sand art to win prizes. For kids thru adults, individuals or teams of any size. All are welcome to create their dream and enjoy a day at the beach. Near Black Pot Beach. 11am-4pm. Free event. Call 808-245-8680.

August 2 & 3
Heiva I Kaua‘i an international Tahitian dance and drumming competition including solo and group competitors from Hawai‘i, the Mainland and Japan. Multi-cultural Polynesian exhibition dancing and music are featured along with an extensive craft fair with an array of items from the south and western Pacific. Tahitian dance and drumming and Samoan fire knife dance workshops are offered on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Kapaa Beach Park, $5 entrance fee – kids under 6 free. 9am-5pm both days. Visit www.heivaikauai.com.

August 2 & 3
Paradise Ride Kauai amazing bicycle ride (not a race) of about 120 miles over 2 days offers the opportunity to experience some of Kauai’s most breathtaking scenery – along beaches, over mountains, and through jungles. Funds raised support Malama Pono Health Services on Kauai. Call 808-245-9577.

August 9
Garden Isle Artisan Fair at Kapa‘a Beach Park from 9am-3pm offers a selection of handcrafted products from over 40 of Kauai’s finest artisans. Live Tahitian drumming, local plate lunches and shave Ice. Call 808-245-9021.

August 17
2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival at Waipa’s beautiful Halulu Fishpond for a fun and relaxing day enjoying home grown live music, hands-on activities, and local artisans and crafts. Island chefs and food vendors will offer food inspired by the summer mango harvest. Admission $10 for adults and $1 for keiki (ages 3-18). Call 808-826-9969.

August 21-24
Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair 4 days of food, farming, family and fun. Join everyone at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot where you will find rides, games, farm animal competition, petting zoo, commercial tents, bonsai display, orchid display, fruit and vegetable shows, crafts and goodies, entertainment and food. $5 adults/$2 children/$4 seniors. Thursday & Friday 6pm-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday Noon-11pm. Visit www.kauaifarmfair.org.

August 31
Kauai Marathon 2014 
starts and ends at beautiful Poipu Beach. The course follows the contour of the scenic coastline, offering magnificent views of the island’s beaches, rugged volcanic peaks and tropical rain forests. 6am start. Visit www.thekauaimarathon.com.

September 2014

September 21-27
2014 Kaua’i Mokihana Festival celebration, of Hawaiian culture and includes music contest, 3-day hula competition, craft fair and workshops at locations around the island of Kaua’i. Most events take place at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort in Lihu‘e. Visit www.maliefoundation.org.

September 26-28
16th Annual Kauai Powwow drumming, dancing, storytelling, traditional foods, silent auction, Native American and Hawaiian arts and crafts, and a keiki booth with games and activities. Admission is free at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Call 808-651-7733 or visit www.kauaipowwow.com.

October 2014

October 4
Matsuri Kauai 
with Karaoke singers, dancers, martial arts, drumming, kimon kitsuke for adults as well as children, bento sales, origami, oshibana, musbi madness contest, mochi pounding, mini bon dance, tea ceremony, bonsai, jorei and flower circle. Enjoy Hawaiian music, hula and Japanese dance by our Japanese visitors and local artists. 9am-3pm at the Kauai War memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Call 808-822-5353.

November 2014

November 9
22nd Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
 artists known in the Slack Key Guitar genre performing for 6 solid hours at the Kauai Beach Resort & Spa in Lihu‘e. The event will also feature island crafters, festival merchandise for sale and food and beverage. Admission at the door $10. Call 808-226-2697 or visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.

November 14-23
Shrek The Musical live on stage at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. 2 weekends only. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm. Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm.

November 15
12th Annual Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run half marathon will start at 7am; the 5-K run and walk will start at 7:15am., and the 10-K run will start at 7:30am. The run will include a continental breakfast and choice of T-shirt or Tank top. Breakfast will be served as the first finishers arrive at about 8am. The winners will be announced at about 9:30. Awards will go to overall male and female finishers and medals to age group winners. No race day registration. Early registration is advised to ensure T-shirt size availability. Stay after the race for the benefit breakfast, free to all participants, and only $7 for family, friends, and visitors. Visit www.oldkoloasugarmillrun.org.

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