Kaua‘i Upcoming 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

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

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Hawaiian Slack performances by Doug & Sandy McMaster Enjoy the soothing ambience of this fingerstyle, instrumental musical artform created by Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys) in the late 1700s. 6pm – Wednesdays at All Saints’ Church 4-1065 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa. 4pm – Fridays at Hanalei Community Center on Malolo Rd., Hanalei. 6pm – Saturdays at Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Dr., Princeville. And 3pm – Sundays at at Hanalei Community Center on Malolo Rd., Hanalei. Tickets are $25/adult, $20/senior & teens (13-19), $10 children 6-12, under 6 is free. Visit mcmasterslackkey.com.

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

First Friday of Each Month
Free Movie Night from February through September of 2017. Bring your blankets, lounge on the lawn and enjoy an evening under the stars. Refreshments and dinner are available through the Café. Free event, 6pm start at Anaina Hou Community Park, Kilauea. Visit anainahou.org.

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
Ping Pong at Kilauea Neighborhood Center provided are tables, paddles and balls. Children need supervision after 6pm. In classroom building next to the gym. Free, 5pm-8pm. Call 808-828-1421.

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.

First Saturday of Each Month
Kauai Museum in Lihu‘e 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
Saturday Market at All Saints’ Church
a mix of local vendors including crafts, produce, plants and plate lunches courtesy of 3 Girls Local Grill. 9am-2pm at 4-1065 Kuhio Hwy, Kapa‘a. Call 808-822-4267.

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 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.

Last Saturday of Each Month
Kilauea Art Night discover locally made pottery, wood work, original fine art, jewelry, organic skincare, handmade soaps, wish trees, apparel, chocolates and more. There are a wide variety of food vendors. Enjoy dinner listening to live music; 3 musical offerings each month on the grounds of the historic stone building. Don’t miss the Keiki Fire & Light performance at 7pm on the back lawn. 4 to 8pm in Kilauea. Call 808-635-2572.

Second Sunday of Each Month
Princeville Night Market featuring live music and local artisans at the Princeville Shopping Center. 4pm-8pm. Call 808-635-2572.

 

September 2017

September 8-21
Song & Dance Film Festival are your opportunities to see 38 wonderful classic films on the big screen at Kukui Grove Cinema in Lihue on the big screen the way they were meant to be seen. The tickets may be shared with friends and family. For example see a film at 4:30pm then pass the ticket to your cousin to see the show AT 6:30pm. Tickets now on sale at the box office. Tickets for 19 films are $15. Call 808-245-5055.

September 21
Robert Cazimero in Concert no host cocktail/pupu at 6pm and concert from 7pm-8:30pm. A fundraiser for Kauai Museum’s education program. $100. Call 808-245-6931.

September 22 & 23
Battle of the Islands 2017 is a two-day, live action extravaganza hosted by the Garden Island Renegade Rollerz, Kauai’s premier Roller Derby team. Come on down to the Southside Sports Complex in Koloa to witness six inter-island teams battle it out in nine bouts for Hawaii’s top spot in the exciting fast passed, full-contact sport of women’s flat track Roller Derby. $5 admission. At Sports Center in Koloa. Visit gardenislandrenegaderollerz.com.

September 22-24
19th Annual Kaua‘i “Powwow in Paradise” at Kapaa Beach Park. Cultural event with music, food, crafters and artisans. 8am-5pm daily. Visit kauaipowwow.com.

September 23
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Church of the Pacific, 4520 Kapaka St., Princeville. Call 808-635-4314.

September 24-30
Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival 2017 a week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, including educational lectures and music and hula competitions. Admission varies by event. Visit maliefoundation.org.

 

October 2017

October 7
32nd Matsuri Kauai Festival 
will showcase different groups of Japanese talents and to perpetuate the Japanese culture on Kauai. Taiko performances and classical Japanese dances will also be featured. Usually a featured performance from Japan is presented at this event along with some hands on activities. The event is free and open to the public. 9am-3:30pm at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, Lihu‘e. Visit kauaijcs.org.

October 7
Na Mele O Kaumuali’i-Na Makana Poina‘ole entertainment honoring Kaumualiʻi and Kauaʻi. Na Hana Noʻeau-make-it/take-it traditional crafts. 11am-4pm at Old Waimea Sugar Mill, Waimea. Call 808-652-0021.

October 7 & 8
21st Annual Coconut Festival 
all that is Coconut with unique coconut crafts, coconut games, delicious coconut foods and contests with some of the best crafters, artists and entertainers in Hawai‘i. $5, children 12 and under are free. At Kapa‘a Beach Park from 9am both days. Call 808-822-5381. 

October 14
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Church of the Pacific, 4520 Kapaka St., Princeville. Call 808-635-4314.

October 14
Halloween at Na Aina Kai includes games, prizes and costumes are encouraged. Recommended for children 10 and under (but all are welcome) and all must be accompanied by an adult. Hot dogs and drinks for purchase. $10 in advance/$12 at door. 4pm-7pm at 4101 Wailapa Rd., Kilauea. Call 808-828-0525.

October 14
Eo e Emalani i Alakai to commemorate a historic event honoring Queen Emma’s 1871 visit to Kokee and Alakai Swamp. Each year people are chosen to represent Queen Emma, Kaluahi, and attendants. Invited hula halau from around the state and Japan honor their queen with dances and chants honoring Kaleleonalani–Traveler of the Mountains. There is no admission although donations are accepted at the Koke‘e Museum. Craft and snack sales available. Parking is limited, but there are shuttles from Kekaha and Waimea Neighborhood Centers. Call 808-335-9975.

October 20 & 21
2nd Annual Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival street festival takes place in historic Hanapepe Town and includes farm tours, informative classes, workshops/demonstrations, live entertainment, a chocolate & coffee pampering station, a silent auction, keiki activities, sampling and much more. 5pm-9pm on Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturday. Free event. Visit KauaiChocolateandCoffeeFestival.com.

October 21
National Make a Difference Day in Lydgate Park snacks and a delicious lunch courtesy of the many local businesses supporting these
community workdays. Your energy and aloha spirit make the tasks a breeze as the Friends of Kamalani tend to maintaining the Kamalani Playground, clear marine debris from Lydgate Park’s beaches, and continue painting the play bridge at the South end of the park. 7:30am-noon. Call 808-639-1018.

October 21
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Koloa Elementary School Cafeteria, 3223 Poipu Rd., Koloa. Call 808-635-4314.

October 28
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Church of the Pacific, 4520 Kapaka St., Princeville. Call 808-635-4314.

 

November 2017

November 4
4th Annual Holiday Craft & Rummage Sale local handmade artifacts, jewelry, clothes, paintings, and other gift items to meet your holiday needs. Proceeds from food booth to benefit in-house ministries at Koloa Missionary Church. 8am-2pm at 3370 Po‘ipu Rd, Koloa. Cal 808-742-6777.

November 10-26
Live on Stage – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue. Call 808-246-8985.

November 10-26
Live on Stage Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this family-friendly musical about a flying car is fun for all ages. Fri/Sat at 7pm and Sun at 4pm at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Tickets $15, senior and student $12, 3 and under free. Call 808-246-8985.

November 11
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Church of the Pacific, 4520 Kapaka St., Princeville. Call 808-635-4314.

November 18
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Koloa Elementary School Cafeteria, 3223 Poipu Rd., Koloa. Call 808-635-4314.

November 25
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Church of the Pacific, 4520 Kapaka St., Princeville. Call 808-635-4314.

 

December 2017

December 1-24
Annual Festival of Lights opens with a night parade down Rice Street in Lihue on December 1 and then the county building is open with 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. Call 808-639-8564.

December 2
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Kauai Veterans Center, 3215 Kapule Hwy
Lihu‘e. Call 808-635-4314.

December 4
2nd Annual Mahelona Hospital Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony enjoy thousands of Christmas lights, decorations, inflatables, entertainment and much more. 6pm-9pm at Mahelona Hospital Courtyard, 4800 Kawaihau Rd., Kapa‘a. Call 808-823-4138.

December 9
Kauai Island Crafter’s Fair featuring handmade products from Kaua‘i’s crafters and artisans. 8am-2pm at Church of the Pacific, 4520 Kapaka St., Princeville. Call 808-635-4314.

December 31
New Years Eve Fireworks in Po‘ipu this family-friendly event includes food trucks, food booths, a movie showing at the beach park and fireworks. Fireworks are set to begin at 8:15pm. The holiday festivities run from 5:30pm to 9pm. Free and open to the public. Call 808-742-7444.

 

January 2018

January 19-21
Kauai Voices – A Banquet of Voices 
will feature the musical genres of pop, Latin, Cuban, Broadway, Jazz, movies, gospel, Hawaiian, American musical, world peace, classic, African, patriotic, sound choir, speaking choir and rock. $15 each in advance and $20 at the door. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 3pm at St. Michael’s Church, 4364 Hardy St., Lihu‘e. Call 800-838-3006.