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

Mondays
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.

Wednesdays
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.

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.

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.

Sundays
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.

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.

 

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 12
Waipā Summer Music Festival at the Waipā Community Complex, a half mile past Hanalei. (Note: DOT will open the road to Waipā for one day only.) Bring your blanket and folding chair and join us for a beautiful afternoon of island style music, ono food featuring the seasonal fruits of summer, and handmade crafts by local artisans. Waterslide and activities for the keiki, and silent auction. $1 for keiki, $10 for adults. 11am-7pm. Call 808-826-9969.

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 18
SAVOR – Wine, Decadent Chocolate & Savory Tapas with wine and gourmet food to delight your palate.  Proceeds will benefit the new North Shore tuition-free charter school serving grades 7-12. Live music from Sashamon. At the new Porter Pavilion at Anaina Hou Community Park, 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy in Kilauea. $100 in advance/$125 at the door. 6pm-10pm. Call 808-240-2670.

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.

August 31-September 2
Labor Day Weekend BBQs at Timbers Resort American style BBQ dinners offered all weekend at Hualani’s Restaurant. Fri/Sat from 6pm-10pm and Sunday from 5pm-9pm at 3770 Ala Oli Way, Lihu‘e. Fri/Sat dinner is $30/adults and $15 for keiki 12 and under. Sunday dinner buffet is $75/adults and $30 for keiki 12 and under. Reservations encouraged. Call 808-320-7399.

 

September 2018

September 1
KISS Summer Sizzle Concert presents songs that sizzle with summer, heat and excitement. 7pm-9pm at All Saints Church gym, 1065 Kuhio Hwy, Kapa‘a. $10. Call 808-822-0545.

September 1 & 2
Labor Day Weekend BBQs at Timbers Resort American style BBQ dinners offered all weekend at Hualani’s Restaurant. Sat from 6pm-10pm and Sunday from 5pm-9pm at 3770 Ala Oli Way, Lihu‘e. Saturday dinner is $30/adults and $15 for keiki 12 and under. Sunday dinner buffet is $75/adults and $30 for keiki 12 and under. Reservations encouraged. Call 808-320-7399.

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 18
Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run a 10K, 5K or 5K team run through pristine lands of the Knudsen Trust solely available for this race. Prepare for muddy slopes and uphill climbs. Visit ultimatehawaiiantrailrun.com.

September 22
Matsuri Kauai will showcase different groups of Japanese talents and to perpetuate the Japanese culture on Kaua‘i. Taiko performances and classical Japanese dances will also be featured. 9am-3:30pm at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Free event. Visit kauaijcs.org.

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 6
2018 Ohana Fit Fest Run the 5K or the 10K, or walk the 5K. Obstacles along the way will test you. You’ll climb and crawl, and test your coordination and balance. Sunny or rainy (and fun in the mud!), the race is a go on the Wai Koa Loop trail at Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea. $25-$35. Register by Sept. 15 includes t-shirt. Call 808-240-2670.

October 6 & 7
Annual Kaua‘i Coconut Festval immerse yourself in all things coconut. Entertainment, cultural displays and experiences, shopping, history, games, cooking demonstrations, contests and food. 10am-4pm at Kapa‘a Beach Park, Kapa‘a. Visit kbakauai.org.

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
Na Ohana o Ni‘ihau learn about the people, the language, and art of the “forbidden island”. Enjoy food, purchase Ni’ihau jewelry or make your own Ni‘ihau shell earring. Listen to the stories of Ni’ihau and traditional songs written by the matriarch of Ni’ihau Mama Ane Kanahele. 10am-2pm at Kaua‘i Museum in Lihu‘e. Call 808-245-6931.

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 19
Kaua‘i Made / Kaua‘i Grown Products Show for locally-owned and grown products. 11am-2pm at Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Call 808-241-4946.

October 19 & 20
Kauai‘i Chocolate & Coffee Festival features chocolate cooking, growing and tasting coffee growing and tasting art exhibitions at galleries in Hanapepe recipe contest chocolate and coffee plant sales and propagation demonstrations. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm in Hanapepe Town. Visit kauaichocolateandcoffeefestival.com.

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.

 

November 2018

November 3
Kauai Veterans’ Day Parade 
in downtown Kapa‘a will begin at 9:30am starting on Makaha Road and proceeding down Kuhio Highway thru downtown Kapaa and ending at Kapaa Beach Park on Nui Street. It will feature marching units from the different military services, community organizations, Kauai school’s marching bands and JROTC units. Following the parade there will be a coconut festival craft fair featuring different ways the coconut and the tree leaves can be used for crafts as well as for food. Food vendors featuring local foods.  Local entertainment featuring singers as well as a hula show. A short program will be held to honor our Veterans. The parade falls on First Saturday in Kapa‘a.

 

December 2018

December 1-29
22nd Annual Festival of Lights
opens with a Lights on Rice Street Parade and continues with displays at the Historic County Building. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6pm-8pm. Inside guests will find Kauai-style touches – from rainbows & roosters to hula bears and dolphins. Surfin’ Santa and the whimsical SPAM Can Tree. It’s the best place  for Photos with Santa. Plus the dazzling park lights glow every night through New Year’s. 4396 Rice St., Lihu‘e.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Po‘ipu Beach Park with a family-freienly movie being shown on a big screen. Fireworks start at 8:15pm. Event runs from 5pm-8:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs. Food trucks on site. Call 808-742-7444.