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

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
Build-A-Bar Workshops for Chocolate Lovers
create your own gourmet chocolate bars (then try and leave without eating them!). 9:30am-11:15am at Wild Kauai Chocolate in Wailua. $60. Register online. Visit wildkauaichocolate.com.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & 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 – Tuesdays at Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Dr., Princeville. 6pm – Wednesdays at All Saints’ Church 4-1065 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa. 4pm – Fridays at Hanalei Community Center on Malolo Rd., Hanalei. 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.

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

Thursdays
Free Weekly Hula Show at Nation Tropical Botanical Gardens 
Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala will preform a traditional Hula showhighlighting the wahi pane, sacred places, of Kaua‘i along with intriguingstories of the Hawaiian people and their connections with the gardens. Dancers will be accompanied by live Hawaiian music. 2pm-2:45pm at 4425 Lawai Rd, Po‘ipu. Call 808-332-7324.

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.

Most Saturdays
Kauai Island Crafters Fair local vendors share their made on Kaua‘i specialty items for sale. Locations alternate from Koloa to Princeville to Lihu‘e. Check their website for the location and date that suits you. Visit kauaiislandcraftersfair.com.

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.

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.

 

June 2018

June through August
Bon Dance Season on Kaua‘i 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. For a complete schedule visit kauaibondance.org.

June 15-17
Kaua‘i Voices ROCKS! choral ensemble, celebrates the heart of rock ‘n’ roll with three concerts of iconic songs by such timeless musical greats as The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The B-52’s, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and more. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 3pm. $20. At St. Michael’s Church, 4364 Hardy St., Lihu‘e. Call 800-838-3006.

June 16
2018 Earth Day Community Workday celebrate  Earth Day (in June!) and help spruce up Lydgate Park. You’ll join more than 150 volunteers making improvements to the Kamalani Playground, cleaning up the park beaches and coastal area, as well as helping to preserve the sacred heiau site at the park. 7:30am-noon. Volunteers will be served snacks as well as a complimentary lunch to end the day. Please meet near the Kamalani Playground by 7:30 am. Dress for outdoor work (yes, we get a little dirty!), wear sunscreen and a hat and bring along work gloves and a water bottle. Call 808-639-1018.

June 16
Dad’s Day Celebration at Kukui’olono Mini Golf Course. There will be mini golfing, an inflatable coral reef & zoo and much much more fun. 10am-2pm. Call 808-212-6804.

June 16
International Surfing Day Celebration & Beach Cleanup at Kitchens Meet up at the Main Pavilion at Lydgate Park for a light breakfast and coffee. Then we will walk down to clean Kitchens to Nukoil’i Beach (Marine Camp). Lunch will be served at the Main Pavilion for volunteers around 11:30. Call 808-635-2593.

June 16-18
School’s Out For Summer come and cool off on waterslides and feel the breeze gliding down Kaua‘i’s only inflatable zipline. Bring towels, tents, drinks and snacks. $15 for a day pass. 10am-5pm at the Waimea Athletic Field in Waimea town. Call 808-652-3550.

June 16
Father’s Day West Kaua‘i Style music by Lady Ipo & Friends, Shawn & Lehua, Maunalua and post concert featuring Kimo Opiana Food & Drinks. $25 at door. At Waimea Theater doors open at 3pm. Visit waimeatheater.com.

June 23
2018 Mayor-a-Thon walk, bike, run, stroll or jog between 1 and 8 miles. Your choice. (Dogs on leashes welcome.) Free event – check in at 6:30am. Bring a healthy food donation for Food Banks on the island. Breakfast is included. T-shirts for early registration of first 500 people. Prizes. Events ends at around 10am. Kapa‘a Beach Park in Kapa‘a. Visit getfitkauai.com.

June 23
6th Annual Kauai Fashion Weekend featuring local fashion designers. Formal event. vendor booths, photo booths, live entertainment, VIP dinner, runway fashion show and dancing after party with a live DJ. 4pm-11pm at Kaua‘i Marriott Resort in Lihu‘e. $100 dinner and show, $35 show only. Visit kauaifashionweekend.com.

June 23
Ohana Movie Night – Disney’s Moana at the Shops at Kukuiu‘ula in Koloa. 7:30pm. Prizes given away before movie – 6:30pm registration at the Palm Court Booth. Free event.

June 24
10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Makai Golf Club. 8am shotgun start. 4-person scramble. $135/per player and includes cart, green fees, gift bag and an awards luncheon on the “19th hole” with live entertainment and prizes. A helicopter ball drop will take place in conjunction with the tournament for exciting cash prizes. Call 808-827-8808.

June 30
Keiki Day at Na Aina Kai playday is where you can enjoy quality time with your kids in the “Under the Rainbow” Children’s Garden. The kids can play in Jack’s fountain, explore the jungle tree house, and discover the many child friendly features of our Children’s Garden. Bring a towel and be prepared to get wet! Outside snacks are permitted. Reservations are recommended. $10 per person (children under 1 year old are free). 9am-1pm at 4101 Wailapa Rd., Kilauea. Call 808-828-0525. 

 

July 2018

July through August
Bon Dance Season on Kaua‘i 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. For a complete schedule visit kauaibondance.org.

July 1
12th Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge
 named one of the top 100 American Open Water Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association, consists of fun and competitive races for all ages from Keiki to Snorkel and Fin. Hundreds of swimmers from 8 and under to veteran champions of the sport come from around the world to take the plunge into beautiful Hanalei Bay. Event consists of five races (8 & under, 9–12, 1000 meter, 3,000 meter and 1,000 meter snorkel & fin) and is the only event of its kind on Kauai. Visit hanaleibayswimchallenge.com.

July 4
Kauai Hospice 28th Annual Concert in the Sky the biggest fireworks show on the island, fun games, live music and delicious food. The show will take place at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e. 4pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids 6–12 years old. Call 808-245-7277.

July 10
Bikes on Rice group bicycle ride on Lihu‘e’s quiet streets. Free, supported, slow paced 6-mile bicycle ride on level streets, no hills, followed by free grilled hot dogs. 4:30pm-6pm start and end at 4444 Rice St., Lihu‘e. Call 808-639-1018.

July 20-29
Annual Koloa Plantation Days the many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this ten-day festival. Events vary from day to day—see complete list on their website. Visit koloaplantationdays.com.

July 21
Historic Hapa Trail Walk meet your tour guides at St. Raphael’s Church – this is the island’s oldest Catholic church, so your historical tour is off to a good start. Hapa Road Trail isn’t used anymore, but it was once a major route connecting Koloa and the Po‘ipu area. Today, Hapa Trail has been designated by the County of Kauai as a pedestrian and bike way. 9am-noon. Free. Call 808-742-1955.

July 21
Koloa Plantation Days Festival Opening & Sunset Ho‘olaulea with music and food for an opening weekend celebration. This year brings a family focus to the event, with FREE games by Got Games! for all the keiki. Parents can enjoy a selection Kauai’s best food trucks – including Porkys, The Fresh Shave, Kickshaws and more. Imu Bar & Restaurant will be open that night, offering family & fine dining and a bar option with a birds eye view to the entertainment. Free. 5pm-8:30pm at Poipu Beach Athletic Club, 2290 Poipu Rd., Koloa. Call 808-742-7444. 

July 21
11th Annual Moonlight & Music at National Tropical Botanical Gardens in the McBryde Garden. Dinner, drinks, music, dancing and a silent auction all under the stars. $175/per person.Call 808-742-2623.

July 22
Mixed Plate / Live Music is a chance for music lovers of all ages to enjoy some of Kauai’s best music in a relaxed, outdoor setting in in Old Koloa Town’s Courtyard. 5pm-7:30pm. Folding chairs will be available for seating, but people are encouraged to bring their own chairs and make themselves comfortable. Call 808-652-3217.

July 28
2018 Annual Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade horseback and walking units, floral floats, vintage cars, and decorated vehicles are in a great hometown parade that celebrates aspects of the workers’ camps in plantation towns. 10am-11am. Call 808-645-6442.

July 29
Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run/Walk at Po‘ipu Beach Park different course lengths (1 mile keiki run; 5K run/walk; 10K run; 10 mile run; 10 mile walk) to test your endurance. Race fee is $35; keiki run is $15; $5 discount per person for groups of 3 or more. Prizes, t-shirts, food and drinks, and a fun party on the beach. 6:30am start. Visit koloaplantationdays.com.

July 29
‘Ukes in Paradise Keiki ‘Ukulele Competition Keiki, families and friends are invited to “strum on down” to Keoki’s Paradise in Koloa. No cost to enter; open to all keiki ukulele players 5 and older. Registration at 10:30am. Competition starts at 11am. Call 808-742-7534.

 

August 2018

July through August
Bon Dance Season on Kaua‘i 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. For a complete schedule visit kauaibondance.org.

August 4 & 5
Heiva I Kauai 2018 participants from Hawai`i, the Mainland and Japan, with a range in age from toddler to elder, perform solo and group competition and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. $7 at the door. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. 9am-5pm at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Visit heivaikauai.com.

August 12
18th Annual Pilgrimage of Compassion with grandmaster Riley Lee & members of Taiko Kaua’i. 1pm-5pm at Lawai International Center. Bring an umbrella and wear comfortable shoes for this hillside walk. Call 808-639-5952.

August 14
Bikes on Rice group bicycle ride on Lihu‘e’s quiet streets. Free, supported, slow paced 6-mile bicycle ride on level streets, no hills, followed by free grilled hot dogs. 4:30pm-6pm start and end at 4444 Rice St., Lihu‘e. Call 808-639-1018.

August 16-19
Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair 
very popular annual event featuring exhibits, food, entertainment, petting zoo, carnival rides and much more. Thurs from 6pm-midnight, Fri from 6pm-midnight, Sat from noon-midnight and Sun from noon-11pm. $5/adults, $4/seniors, $2 keiki 4-12, keiki 3 and under are free. At Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e. Visit kauaifarmfair.org.

 

September 2018

September 2
Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon 
pass hula dancers and Taiko drum troupes along the course while viewing striking mountain and ocean views. Each runner concludes his or her journey along one of the most beautiful oceanfront finishes in road racing. Visit kauaimarathon.com.

September 11
Bikes on Rice group bicycle ride on Lihu‘e’s quiet streets. Free, supported, slow paced 6-mile bicycle ride on level streets, no hills, followed by free grilled hot dogs. 4:30pm-6pm start and end at 4444 Rice St., Lihu‘e. Call 808-639-1018.

September 23-29
Annual Kauai Mokihana Festival a multi-day cultural festival of music, hula, crafts and more. A celebration of Hawaiian culture, including educational lectures and music and hula competitions. Visit maliefoundation.org.

September 28-30
19th Annual Kauai Powwow In Paradise will be held on the east side of the island at Kapa‘a Beach Park. A free family event with special Native American crafting and education tents; Native American drumming, organic Fry Bread food booth, and hand-made one of a kind Native American art and crafts. Visit kauaipowwow.com.

September 28-30
Yoga Culture Festival & Global Peace Summit features teachers, speakers, artists and vendors committed to awakening humanity. Visit alohafestival.org.

 

October 2018

October 9
Bikes on Rice group bicycle ride on Lihu‘e’s quiet streets. Free, supported, slow paced 6-mile bicycle ride on level streets, no hills, followed by free grilled hot dogs. 4:30pm-6pm start and end at 4444 Rice St., Lihu‘e. Call 808-639-1018.

October 13
Eo e Emalani i Alakai commemorates an 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. The event starts at 9am along with exhibits, crafts and snack sales in the Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow. There is no admission although donations are accepted at the Koke‘e Museum. 9am-4pm. Limited parking – shuttle service may be available from Waimea. Call 808-335-9975.

October 13
Hammer ‘N’ Ales have fun and support affordable housing on Kaua‘i at the ultimate island Oktoberfest. Kauai Habitat For Humanity has a goal to build 30 homes a year. This event will feature food, drinks, music, sunshine, and fun. All food and drink included in ticket price, plus a logo tasting glass. Music by Homestead and Cruz Control. 21 and over only. Tickets – $35–$75. 2pm-6pm at Poipu Beach Athletic Club, 2290 Poipu Rd, Koloa. Visit kauaihabitat.org.

October 21
2018 Harvest Festival featuring water slides, a bounce house, rides, games, food, entertainment, music, tons of free pumpkins, and more. At Waimea Canyon Park, 9555 Huakai Rd, Waimea from 11am-4pm. Free event.