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

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

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.

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.

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
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.

October 2014

October 25
Festval of Stars & Flavors of Waimea: Na Mele o Kaumuali‘i
 local composers will showcase their original compositions honoring King Kaumuali‘i. Noon-5pm at C.B. Hoffgard Park, Waimea Town. Call 808-338-1332.

October 25
Kauai Island Crafters Fair
a collection of beautifully handmade products like bags, custom note pads, carved bone jewelry, floral hair pins, fabric angels, quilts, futons, sunrise shell jewelry, and lots more by local Kauai artists. Local grinds will be available. Proceeds to benefit The Kauai Veteran’s Club. 8am-2pm at Kauai Veteran’s Center, 3215 Kapule Hwy, Lihu‘e. Call 808-635-4314.

October 31
Grove Farm Museum Haunted Railway
free event from 3pm-10pm at Lihue Mill Road. Call 808-245-3202.

November 2014

November 1
Hawaiian Holiday Craft Fair where Malie Awards will honor those who practice traditional and contemporary Hawaiian crafts, implements and the making of tools used in the culture. Contemporary Hawaiian music, Santa Claus picture taking (for children), coconut weaving demonstration, local crafters & artisans of Hawaiian made products, jewelry, local style items. 8am-2pm at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihu‘e. Call 808-822-2166.

November 1
Kauai Historical Society’s Annual Fundraiser
features slack key musician Cyril Pahinui with Peter Moon and jeff Au Hoy. 5pm-9pm at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua. Cocktail music by Larry Rivera, Silent auction includes airline tickets. Island style dinner buffet. $75 per person. Call 808-245-3373.

November 2
KISS Concert: Songs of the Silver Screen
presents music from the movies in the Mahiko Lounge at Gaylord’s. Come early and have brunch at Gaylord’s at Kilohana Plantation in Puhi or simply enjoy drinks at the bar during the concert. The concert is free. Call 808-822-0545.

November 7
Augie T. So Dumb 2014 Tour
comedian and friend of Kaua‘i performs with guests Ed Kaahea and Nelson The Great Magician at the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel in Wailua at 8pm. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at door. Visit

November 7 & 8
Annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit
paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media pieces created by artists from Ke’e to Kilauea. At the Princeville Community Center. 4pm-8pm Saturday, 1pm-4pm Sunday. Call 808-826-6687.

November 8
Veterans’ Day Parade with walking units cars, and lots of red, white and blue. Along the main road in Kapa‘a Town ending at the Kapa‘a Beach Park. There will be a full day of local entertainment, food, crafts and demostration booths at the park. 10am-2pm. Call 808-246-1135.

November 8
150th Anniversary Lu‘au starring Melveen Leed
the lu‘au will be under the full moon on the front lawn of Grove Farm museum from 5pm-9pm. $75 per person/$25 for children 12 and under. Call 808-245-3202.

November 8 & 9
Women Artists of Kauai 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour is a free, self driving tour. Visit each artist’s studio at your own pace and talk story with them and/or their guest artist about their artistic process. Participating artists are: Anna Skaradzinska, Marionette Taboniar, Patrice Pendarvis, R. Eve Solomon, Caylin Spear, Debbie Barklow, Leslie Hagen, Suzy Staulz, Keani Andrade, Ibbie White Alshamma, Donia Lilly, and Dawn Lundquist. Visit

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

November 9
Pato Banton & Rock Reggae
perform at the Courtyard Marriott in Kapa’a at their oceanside tent pavilion. 21 and over. 6pm-10pm. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 808-346-5800.

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. Call 808-246-8985.

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

November 15
Garden Isle Artisan Fair
a great selection of handcrafted products from over 40 of Kauai’s finest artisans, food and drumming. At Kapaa Beach Park from 9am-3pm. Call 808-245-9021.

November 22
Kauai Island Crafters Fair
hand-made products from Kauai’s crafters and artisans. Church of the Pacific, 5-4280 Kuhio Hwy., Princeville from 8am-2pm. Call 808-635-4314.

December 2014

December 5
Lights on Rice Street Parade 
lighted Christmas parade runs along Rice Street in Lihu‘e. Get there early for best views and bring chairs. Parade starts at 6pm and starts from the Vidinha Stadium and travels up Rice Street to the Historic County Building. There is also a craft fair put on by the Kauai Museum that lasts all day from 9am-night with food vendors. Call 808-639-6571.

December 6
Kauai Island Crafters Fair
hand-made products from Kauai’s crafters and artisans. Church of the Pacific, 5-4280 Kuhio Hwy., Princeville from 8am-2pm. Call 808-635-4314.

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

December 7
5th Annual Kalo Festival
at Waipa’s Halulu Fishpond. Poi pounding, educational displays, tastings and home grown live music ALL DAY, plus hands-on activities, local artisans & crafts, and amazing food inspired by kale. 11am-5pm. Visit

December 7
Holiday Hula Celebration
hula, chant, music and holiday spirit, with over 150 dancers and musicians from the halau. Each year, Kumu Kapu prepares her dancers with a selection of wonderful chants and songs that honor Hawaii’s Ali’i, place names, nature and its elements, and of course, holiday tunes. 6pm-8pm at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. $20 adults in advance/$25 at door. Call 808-335-6466.

December 14
Women Artists of Kaua’i 6th Annual Winter Fine Art Festival
Noon-6pm at the Princeville Club House. Featuring original paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, mixed media and more. Call 808-631-9173.

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 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.

February 2015

February 14
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 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.

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