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.

COVID-19 Update: To prevent the potential the spread COVID-19 some events may cancel without notice. Please confirm with event. See our updates page for more information on COVID-19.

On-Going Events

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.

Friday Market
every week vendors and farmers come to sell goods and locally-made products. Food trucks are there to add flavor to the event. 10am-2pm. At Warehouse 3540, 3540 Koloa Rd, Kalaheo. Visit warehouse3540.com.

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.

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.

First & Third Saturday of Each Month
Kapa‘a Gift Fair Crafters, Makers, and Artists from around the island present their wares at The Kapaa First Hawaiian Church on the south end of downtown. 9am-9pm. 4-1325 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa. Call 808-822-9931.

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.

April 2020

April 11
6th Annual Roots ‘n Shoots 5k Fun Run & Walk
held on the lush tropical grounds of Allerton and McBryde Gardens and raises funds for the marathon and associated charities. Check-in and Parking Runners and walkers check-in at the NTBG South Shore Visitor Center parking lot starting at 6am and will be shuttled to the start of the 5k. 8am start. 4425 Lawai Rd, Koloa. Call 808-635-3053.

April 11
Craft Fair
bake sale, plant sale for Friends of Hanapepe Library. 9am-1pm at 4490 Kona Rd, Hanapepe. Call 808-335-8418.

April 11
Walk MS Sunset Stroll
will be a 1-2 mile stroll on the coastal path, a silent auction, poker run, and a light dinner by Duke’s. Meet at 4pm at Kapa‘a Beach Park and coastal path. Call 808-639-2883.

April 17 & 18
2020 Okinawan Dance Festival
features traditional Okinawan food, live Okinawan music, and dance. The lively entertainment also features traditional Japanese bon dances. There will be crafters and a Country Store offering baked goods, produce & plants. Free admission and open to all. 6pm-10pm at Kauai Veterans Center, 3215 Kapule Hwy, Lihu‘e. Call 808-652-2079.

April 24-May 10 – POSTPONED
The Odd Couple, Female Version Olive and Florence (Felix and Oscar in the original Odd Couple) and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. Florence is being dumped by her husband so fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate – testing their friendship to the limit. Thursdays through Sundays at 7pm. Visit witkauai.org.

May 2020

May 1-10 – POSTPONED
The Odd Couple, Female Version Olive and Florence (Felix and Oscar in the original Odd Couple) and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. Florence is being dumped by her husband so fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate – testing their friendship to the limit. Thursdays through Sundays at 7pm. Visit witkauai.org.

May 9
2nd Annual Garden Island Boogie Board Classic
a community-based event to teach competitors the long term value that water sports can bring to their lives by having Kupuna and professional bodyboarders mentor participants through exhibition as well as coaching the Amateur Divisions of the classic. 7am-4pm at Prince Kuhio Beach in Po‘ipu. Call 808-635-2435.

May 9
May Day by the Bay
is a community event celebrating the Hawaiian culture through music, hula, cultural demonstrations by local practitioners, a Kauai-made products craft fair, displays by community groups, a silent auction and Food. $5. 10am-5pm at Waioli Beach Park in Hanalei. Call 808-635-9028.

May 23
Garden Party
is Anaina Hou’s annual fundraiser is an effort to build funding specifically for our restoring and maintaining our one of a kind mini-golf and botanical garden. The event features entertainment and delicious pupus with drinks for purchase as well as a competition featuring decorated garden bonnets for the ladies and loudest Aloha shirt for the gents. Colorful dancing faeries light the path from one station to another. Guests will be thrilled to walk through the garden and discover special food and entertainments surprises at the different holes. There is also an auction. 5:30pm-8pm. $50 at 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea. Visit anainahou.org.

May 24
Annual Banana Poka Roundup
features Hawaiian music, Basket making, children’s games, Crowing contest, forest crafts and hands-on exhibits from over ten environmental organizations. Free in Koke‘e State Park. Visit kokee.org.

June 2020

June 27
2nd Annual Kaua‘i Pride Parade & Festival
promotes and celebrates peace, acceptance, and unity for everyone on our island regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or background. 9am-2pm from Vidinha Stadium to the Historic County Building along Rice Street in Lihu‘e. Visit kauaiprideparade.com.

July 2020

July 4
31st Annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky
annual fireworks, food, music and keiki games at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e from 4pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $7 for children 6-12, 5 and under are free at the gate. Visit kauaihospice.org.