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.

 

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 a schedule of days and places on Kaua‘i visit kauaijcs.org.

July 3
America’s Most West Freedom Fest open to the public at Pacific Missle Range in Kekaha. Gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 9pm. Food, beer, wine, crafts, games, bounce houses and more. Live music with Sammy Johnson and Call to Joy and more. No outside food or beverages, coolers, tents, pets, weapons (including knives of all types), drones, drugs or personal fireworks are allowed. There is no ATM on site. Free parking available on base; all vehicles will be subject to search. Call 808-335-4446.

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.

July 8
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.

July 15
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.

July 16
Island Grown Artisan Fair local artists come together to display their unique and works that has been developed on Island. 1pm-6pm at the Princeville Community Center, next to playground in Princeville. Call 808-652-8586.

July 21
18th Annual Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo Preliminary Roping at CJM Stables in Po‘ipu, 9am-4pm. Admission is free. Visit hawaiirodeonews.net.

July 21
18th Annual Bull Bash & 6th Annual Music in the Country featuring Not My First Rodeo. Admission $8, children free when accompanied by adult. At CJM Stables in Po‘ipu. Food trucks on hand. 5pm-9pm. Visit hawaiirodeonews.net.

July 21-30
Koloa Plantation Days 2017 is held on Kauai’s south shore every year in July. 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. Visit koloaplantationdays.com.

July 22
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.

July 22
4th annual Ohana Fit Fest at Wai’oli Beach Park (Pine Trees) in Hanalei. Challenging and fun age appropriate obstacle course competitions, including short swim, for all ages from 4-90.  Medals will be presented for male and female divisions in keiki, adult and kupuna, as well as for competitive teams of 3 (male or female any age). Beach games including beach flags. DJ, food for purchase, silent auction and wellness expo. Free to register to compete. 9am-2pm. Call 858-243-3068.

July 22 & 23
18th Annual Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo two full days of Hawaiian style rodeo action CJM Stables in Po‘ipu 11am-3pm. Admission $8, Military & Seniors $5, 17 & under are free. Visit hawaiirodeonews.net.

July 29
11th Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge consists of fun and competitive races for all ages from Keiki to Snorkel and Fin.The 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 Kaua‘i. Visit hanaleibayswimchallenge.com.

 

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. For a schedule of days and places on Kaua‘i 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 11
Mahelona Hospital 18th Annual Bon Dance the last Bon Dance of the season with food, dancing and entertainment. 5:30pm-8pm at 4800 Kawaihau Rd., Kapaa. Call 808-823-4138.

August 12
2017 Na Pali Challenge paddlers from the Hawaiian Islands and abroad gather on Kaua‘i for this unique race from Hanalei Bay to Kekaha. It is an opportunity for wahine and kane to come together and race down the enchanting Na Pali Coast. Each team consists of 6 wahine and 6 kane. The two teams take turns in the canoe, making water changes every 30 minutes. 7:30am opening ceremony, 8am start. $500 per crew of 12 people 6 men and 6 women. Visit koapaddler.org.

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 Waipa 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.

August 19
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.

August 26
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 2017

September 3
Kaua‘i Marathon 2017 
also half marathon. 6am prompt start. Courses follow the contour of the scenic coastline, offering magnificent views of the island’s picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks, and green tropical rain forests. The race starts in front of the Poipu Shopping Village, at the corner of Poipu Road and Kiahuna Plantation Drive. Visit thekauaimarathon.com.

September 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.

September 16
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.

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 22-24
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
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. 

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 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
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 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.