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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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 14
Kauai Community College Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert everything from jazz to classical music.  Highlights from the program include music from every “Harry Potter” movie, jazz standards, and holiday music. Free. 7pm-9pm at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Puhi. Call 808-387-6772.

December 15
Santa Claus in Princeville bring your camera and enjoy some light snacks from 10am-11am at the Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Dr. Free event. Visit princevillecommunity.com.

December 18
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Band Winter Concert featuring students from the second and third year bands and the CKMS Jazz Band. Free. 6:30pm-8pm at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou 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.


January 2019

January 4-20
Arsenic & Old Lace
a dark comedypresented live on stage by Kauai Community Players. Shows Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse at 4411 Kikowaena St, Lihu‘e. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.

January 5
Resolution Run winds through the newly opened public trails at Hokuala resort in Lihue. This race will be an opportunity to experience trails and scenic views you never knew existed in your own backyard. Keiki under 12 race free with an adult. Walkers and leashed dogs welcome. 8am start. Hokuala Kauai, 3551 Ho’olaulea Way, Lihu‘e. Call 808-635-6311.

January 12
Heroine’s Song: Our Stories, Our Dreams Concert and al-female concert presented by Zonta Club. featuring Broadway performer Anne Runolfsson, Tess Adams, who appeared on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables, Elizabeth Kreitzer, from Kauai, who has played roles in musical theater like West Side Story, Violinist Kimberly Hope, a teacher/composer and performer, and local girl Jessika Cristobal (Montoya), who has performed with Hawaii Children’s Theatre production and dinner shows on Kaua‘i. Music Director Ray Fellman will accompany the performers. Tickets: $75. 5pm-9pm at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Call 808-651-3242.


February 2019

February 14-March 3
The Shadow Box 
Pulitzer prize winning drama takes place over twenty-four hours. Three patients agree to be apart of a psychological scheme where they live within the hospital grounds and have interviews with a psychiatrist. Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.


March 2019

March 1-3
The Shadow Box Pulitzer
prize winning drama takes place over twenty-four hours. Three patients agree to be apart of a psychological scheme where they live within the hospital grounds and have interviews with a psychiatrist. Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.

March 16
9th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration a day of fun filled activities. There will be educational, cultural, health and wellness exhibits for the whole family. Enjoy live music, entertainment, and hula performances in celebrating the past and embracing the future of Prince Kuhio’s legacy. There will also be food and craft booths. Hoʻokupu (offering) protocol ceremony will begin at 11am. Admission is free. This is an alcohol and drug free event. 11am-4pm at Anahola Beach Park, Anahola. For more information contact La Contrades at khpono@gmail.com.


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