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.

 

May 2017

May 12-28
Talley’s Folly taking place in 1944 in a Victorian boathouse in Lebanon, Missouri, this funny, sweet love story follows two seemingly incompatible lovers as they come to realize they are truly kindred spirits who have found each other. Thu-Sat at 7pm, Sun at 4pm. Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 Kikowaena St., Lihu‘e. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.

May 20
Kauai Island Crafters Fair 
artisans and crafters showcase their work. Fine products like Niihau & sunrise shell jewelry, bone & wood carvings, paintings & prints, note cards, sun catchers, American & Hawaiian quilts & futons & blankets, sewn gifts, silk floral arrangements, fragrant floral soaps, wearable art, Hawaiian dolls, and much more. 8am-2pm at Koloa Elementary School Cafeteria, 3223 Poipu Rd, Koloa. Call 808-635-4314.

May 20
Goddess Chant 2017: Empowering Women and Honoring the Divine Feminine in All Beings a benefit for Kauai YWCA and Malama Pono Health Services’ Women’s Wellness. Composed by Kauai resident Shawna Carol, is a sung liturgy uniting a 35-voice choir with instrumental support to guide the audience through a ritual of the goddess with chants, dance and narrative story. 7pm-9m at Hilton Garden Inn Kauai in Wailua. $20 adults. $15 youth (age 5-18), Free for kids 4 yrs & under. Call 808-828-0076.

May 27 & 28
8th Annual Pedal to the Meadow hill climb from Kekaha to Koke‘e. Three USAC-sanctioned road bicycling races over two days. 8am-4pm. Visit PedaltotheMeadow.com.

May 28
Banana Poka Roundup is an environmental fair that combines education of Kauai’s forest environment with good fun and Hawaiian music. There will be environmental exhibits, games, Banana Poka basket making, crafts, drawings, entertainment, snacks, a silent auction, and a crowing contest at noon. Guided tours of the CCC Camp will be available. In Koke‘e State Park at CCC Camp run by Hui o Laka. 10am-3pm. Free. Call 808-335-9975.

 

June 2017

June 2-Augst 5
Bon Dance Festivals
celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. 7:30pm start. For s schedule of days and places on Kaua‘i visit kauaijcs.org.

June 2-4
Kauai Voices Classic II: The Music Lives On! presents an evening of classical songs from many eras — with compositions from Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi to Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson and Leonard Cohen, and many more. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 3pm at St. Michael’s Church, 4364 Hardy Street, Lihu‘e. $20. Call 800-838-3006.

June 9 & 10
Lihue Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Bon Dance Dinner Plate opens at 5pm. Food Booth opens at 6pm, serving Flying Saucers, Pronto Pups, Yakitori (BBQ chicken on a stick), BBQ beef sticks, Saimin, Andagi and Shave Ice. Beverages for purchase include soda, water and coffee. Fish Pond and Games for Children open at 6pm. Dancing begins at 7:30pm. Free entrance. Call 808-245-6262.

June 10
King’s Celebration & Parade 
celebrate Hawaii’s kings with this colorful parade down Rice Street in Lihu‘e. 8am-2pm. Call 808-635-7205.

June 12-14
Keepers of the Culture visit the West Kauai Visitor Center, a mini museum where west Kauai story is told through historical and hawaiian cultural exhibits and programs. Located at the corner of Kaumualii Highway and Waimea Canyon Drive, Highway 50 and 550. 10am-4pm. Admission by donation. Call 808-338-1332.

June 24
Doghouse Beer Fest local entertainment, small bites from restaurants and beers from Hawaii and on the mainland will be showcased at the event. Tickets are $75 each/$90 at door. All proceeds will be split between Kauai Humane Society and Junior Achievement of Hawaii. 21 and over event. 808-632-0610.

 

July 2017

July 1-Augst 5
Bon Dance Festivals
 celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. 7:30pm start. For s schedule of days and places on Kaua‘i visit kauaijcs.org.

July 4
Kauai Hospice 28th Annual Concert in the Sky 
watch fireworks, play games, enjoy live music and food all for a good cause. The biggest firework event on Kaua‘i. At Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e. $15 adults/$7 children. Call 808-245-7277.

 

August 2017

August 4 & 5
Bon Dance Festivals
 celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. 7:30pm start. Visit kauaijcs.org.

August 5 & 6
16th Annual Heiva I Kaua‘i
is a colorful and exciting two-day Tahitian cultural festival featuring various competitions. An exciting part of the festival is the audience participation in Tahitian dance and coconut husking contests. 10am-5pm at Kapaa‘a Beach Park. $7 per person per day, with children 12 and under, free. Call 808-822-9447.

August 12
Garden Isle Artisan Fair offers a great selection of quality handcrafted products from over 35 of Kauai’s finest Artisans. Enjoy live music and Joe’s Food Wagon. Free event. At Po‘ipu Beach Park from 9am-3pm. Call 808-634-0243.

August 13
5th Annual Music & Mango Festival enjoy home grown live music, hands-on activities, and local artisans and crafts. Island chefs and food vendors will offer amazing food inspired by the summer mango harvest. Recipe & biggest mango contests, cultural and educational displays. At Waipa’s Halulu Fishpond from 11am-5pm. Visit www.waipafoundation.org.

August 13
17th Annual Pilgrimage of Compassion Grandmaster Riley Lee, world-renowned shakuhachi flutist will issue a call to the pilgrims of the world. Carried by the wind through the trees, the soothing sounds of Grandmaster Lee’s shakuhachi are the voice of Lawai International Center. Please bring an umbrella and wear comfortable shoes for this hillside walk. 1pm-4:30pm. Donations accepted. Call 808-639-4300.