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.
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Waimea Historic Walking Tour a 2.5 hours walk back through time in the place where Captain Cook first landed in Waimea. Where the agricultural landscape changed from taro to rice to corn, watered by a intricate ditch system with a marvelous history dating back to the time of the legendary menehune. Learn about the last king of Kauai, missionaries, and other famous citizens of Waimea along the landmarks they left behind. Registration is required (by Friday at noon the week prior) for participation and special group tours are available. 8:30am-11:30am. Leaves from the Visitor Center. Donations accepted. Call 808-338-1332.
Mondays & Fridays
Kealia Farm Market & Tours farmers at Kealia offer their produce and products under a covered lanai at Kealia Farm. Visitors can take a wagon ride to tour the farm and waterfall during the market. Market purchases credited toward wagon ride. 3pm-7pm. Call 808-635-8290.
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.
Kauai Culinary Market at Kukui‘ula Village meet local farmers and Kauai grown/Kauai made packaged food vendors. Soak up the sunshine in the Beer & Wine Garden, near Merriman’s, and experience live chef demonstrations from some of the island’s most talented chefs. Enjoy live contemporary Hawaiian music. 4pm-6pm. Call 808-742-9545.
Wednesdays & Saturdays
Free Hula Show at Coconut Marketplace in Kapa‘a at 4-484 Kuhio Highway. 5pm on Wednesdays and 1pm on Saturdays.
Free Weekly Hula Show at National 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.
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, 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.
Every Saturday Morning
Beach Clean up at Lydgate State Park in Wailua a group of volunteers meet at Morgan’s Pond in Lydgate State Park and conduct some form of beach clean-up. Some Saturday’s are specifically for Plastics, others for trash, and some days they tackle removing a variety of debris from the ponds and beach area. All are welcome to come help. Work at your own pace and according to your own physical ability. Bring gloves if you have some (or we can provide), wear sunscreen, and bring your own water container. Stay after work is done for coffee and cookies and a time of meeting locals and other tourists. 8:30am-10:30am. Visit kamalani.wordpress.com.
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.
Second Saturday of Each Month
Second Saturday at Warehouse 3540 vendors, shops, food trucks, and live music. This is a great family-friendly event in a cool old warehouse converted into a community space on the south side. 6pm-9pm at 3450 Koloa Rd., Kalaheo. Visit warehouse3540.com.
Kalalea Anahola Farmers Market includes local fresh produce, baked goods, vegan meals, crafts, jewelry, massage therapists, fresh coconut juice, local honey, Native Hawaiian educational games and puzzles, jams and curds, and more. 10am-3pm. Visit kafarmerskauai.com.
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.
Bon Dance Season each year, between the months of June and August, Obon festivals across the globe gather communities together in order to honor the spirits of their ancestors. A cherished Japanese Buddhist custom, dating back more than 500 years, Obon (sometimes shortened to just “Bon”) traditionally lasts for a duration of three days and consists of a dance known as Bon-Odori, which is often the highlight of the entire event. For a complete schedule visit honolulumagazine.com.
12th Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge 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 participate. Consists of five races (8 & under, 9–12, 1,000 meter, 3,000 meter and 1,000 meter snorkel & fin) and is the only event of its kind on Kaua‘i. Races start at 7am. Visit hanaleibayswimchallenge.com.
Kamali‘i Challenge is a non-profit keiki fishing tournament. Keiki ages 3 to 15 and their families can join community members for a fun day of fishing, prizes, food and booths. Entry is free. 8am-1pm at the Port Allen Small Boat Harbor.
August 3 & 4
2019 Heiva I Kaua‘i celebrates the 18th anniversary of a unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event provides a venue for the next generation of performers to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily. 9am-5pm. $7. Children age 12 and under are admitted free at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Call 808-822-9447.
Kauai Shorts: Women in Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Festival runs for three 4-day weekends. Some new and some of your favorite local directors and actors will be staging the ten plays. All presented at WIT Theatre Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihu‘e. Visit womenintheatre.org.
6th Annual Keiki Run fun run for kids ages 2 through 12. Visit: thekauaimarathon.com.
Annual Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the most beautiful destination races in the world today. You will be treated to beautiful beaches, an inspiring course, and fellowship with participants from around the world. Visit: thekauaimarathon.com.
September 28 & 29
Kaua‘i Folk Festival 2019 24 plus live music acts including Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius, Blaine Sprouse, and many many more. Three performance stages, food, drink, crafts and more. At Grove Farm Museum, 4050 Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue. Call 808-855-8646.
Ohana FitFest Trail Run 5k & 10k obstacle trail run on the Wai Koa Loop Trail at Ananai Hou Community Park in Kilauea. Register by September 13 for discounted rate. Entry fee includes race tee shirt and light fare afterwards. Keiki 12 & under free with adult registration. 8:30am start. Visit kauainorthshorecommunityfoundation.org.
Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i enjoy the beauty of Koke‘e State Park, as the mountain forests echo with the sounds of Hawaiian music and chant. 9am-4pm. Enjoy the exhibits, crafts, silent auction and delicious food. Queen Emma arrives on horseback at 11am. Free event. Bring chairs. Carpool as parking is limited. Call 808-335-9975.
Hammers N’Ales Oktoberfest enjoy food from top local restaurants likes Keoki’s Paradise, Merriman’s Fish House, Plantation Gardens, Lava Lava Beach Club and others. Sample over 30 craft beers from local Hawai‘i and mainland brewers. Listen to live music from Homestead and Cruz Control. All food, drink, and glass logo mug are included in the ticket price. $85. 2pm-6pm at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club. (21 and over event.) Visit eventbrite.com.
October 18 & 19
Kaua‘i Chocolate & Coffee Festival a celebration of all things chocolate and coffee with lots of sampling, educational displays and workshops, entertainment and exhibitor booths featuring a variety of chocolate and coffee products, from around the state. 5pm-9pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday in Hanapepe. Visit KauaiChocolateandCoffeeFestival.com.
Kaua‘i Old Time Gathering workshops and music from old time days. You’ll learn leo ki‘eki‘e and cajun singing, ‘ukulele and banjo, pakini bass and washtub bass (ok, it’s da same ting). Kids come free. In Koke‘e State Park. Visit kauaioldtime.com.