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.
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.
Kauai Performing Arts Center Presents: Oscar Wilde’s—The Importance of Being Earnest a trivial comedy for serious people. In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 3pm at the Kauai High School Gymnasium Stage, 3577 Lala Rd., in Lihu‘e. All tickets are $8 at the door. Call 808-651-2417.
Lei Day Contest celebrate the lei at the Kauai Museum in Lihu‘e from 9am-1pm. Call 808-245-6931.
Na Lei Hiwahiwa ‘Ehiku – A May Day Celebration features Hawaiian musicians and performers. Tickets $25/advance and $30/door. Children $5. At Kauai Beach Resort in Lihu‘e from 6pm-10pm. Call 808-652-4497.
May Day By The Bay features Hawaiian music performed by groups from throughout Hawaii. Cultural demonstrations by local practitioners, a craft fair of Kaua‘i made products, Hawaiian food, displays of local non-profits, and a silent auction. 9am-6pm at Waioli Beach Park in Hanalei. $5. Call 808-635-9028.
Garden Isle Artisan Faire a great selection of handcrafted products from over 40 of Kauai’s finest Artisans. Photography, Jewelry, Aloha wear, palm Bark Baskets, Wood carvings, Kapa photo albums, Local fruit jellies & sauces, Soaps, Kapa, Candles, Original Oil Paintings, Table linens & much more. 9am-3pm. In Kapa‘a at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Call 808-245-9021.
5th Annual Pedal to the Meadow starts on the west side of the island and climbs along the Waimea Canyon rim to the Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Koke‘e State Park. It is a scenic and challenging climb that starts at hot dry sea level and ends deep in the cool wet upland forest of the Garden Island’s interior. 15.75 miles and 3,835 feet ends at the Banana Poka RoundUp Fair, with hospitality tent, live music, kid fun, basket-making and more. Visit pedaltothemeadow.com.
Banana Poka RoundUp Fair with live music, craft workshops, kid fun, and displays by conservation groups. 10am-noon, free event. Call 808-335-9975.
World Inner Motion cast of 75 talented dancers from Kauai Dance Center are performing original choreography in ballet, hip hop & contemporary dance. Experience original music as well as classical favorites, spectacular costumes and a special visual, film & light show. 5pm-7pm. At the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Call 808-823-9588.
King Kamehameha Day Parade & Celebration floral Parade event with traditional Pa’u riders representing each island, Hawaiian organizations in full regalia, the Kamehameha Court led by Ali’i Nui Pa’u Marshall Grand Marshall Pa’u Queen. Starting at the Vidinha Stadium near the airport and traveling up Rice Street to the County’s Historical Building Lawn where there will be entertainment, crafts, demonstrations and lots of food and fun. 9am start. Call 808-635-7205.
Red Clay Jazz Festival features the 6-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur; the nationally acclaimed blues band, Mississippi Heat; Hawaii jazz legends, Jimmy Borges and Betty Loo Taylor, and Hawaiian slack key and steel guitar musicians, Ken Emerson and Will Bernard. Added to the line up are local jazz and blues groups playing at the festival’s jam sessions and concerts. The jazz festival’s main concert is set for Saturday, outdoors at Kauai Lagoons, starring Schuur, Mississippi Heat and the Kauai group, Swing Shift with Dennis McGraw and David Braun. This year the festival organizers have added a second concert at Kauai Beach Resort on Friday night the 27th, featuring Borges and Taylor along with Emerson and Bernard. Four jam sessions are also scheduled around the island at popular resorts highlighting local jazz and blues musicians on Wednesday and Thursday the 25th and 26th. Also on Thursday, the 26th, is an educational workshop for aspiring jazz, blues and slack key musicians led by Borges, Emerson, Bernard and Pierre Lacocque of Mississippi Heat. Visit redclayjazz.org.
25th Annual Concert in the Sky which is the annual Kauai Hospice fundraiser. The event will be held at Vidinha Soccer Field, located by Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e. Local style Independence Day celebration with Hawaiian entertainment by local musicians and halau dancers from 4pm-9:30pm. Admission fee at gate: $15 adults/$7 children 6-12. Tickets at Times/Big Save Markets and the Kauai Hospice Office. Call 808-652-4988.
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.
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.
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.
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.