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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
St. Patty’s Day Fundraiser enjoy live Irish music, dancing, green microbrews and a farm to table corned beef and cabbage dinner with local produce. All proceeds go to Kilauea Community Agricultural Center. $50. 5:30pm-9:30pm at Anaina Hou Community Park Pavilion, Kilauea. Visit hanaleirotary.org.
Rise of the Wahine Champions of Title IX winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Following the passage of Title IX in 1972, Dr. Donnis Thompson (an Aftircan-American female coach), Patsy Mink (first Asian U.S. congresswomen), and Beth McLachlin (fiesty team captain of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team), battle for the right of young women to play sports. Free showing. 5pm-8pm at KCC Performing Arts Center, Puhi. Call 808-241-4919.
March 25 & 26
Salute a fundraiser for Kaua‘i veterans. The show is a Broadway tribute to our armed forces with the former cast of “South Pacific” Kaua‘i performing specific musical hits from many popular Broadway Shows that highlight, with patriotic fervor, pages of our American history through song and dance, while honoring our many brave warriors of freedom. Pre-Show live music will be performed by Kaua’i’s own, Swing Shift. 5pm-9pm both nights at Koloa Landing Resort, Po‘ipu. Visit salute.show.
March 28-April 14
KCP Presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” each play being performed in comically shortened or merged form by only three actors. Thurs-Sat. at 7pm, Sun at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, Lihu‘e. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.
4th Annual Keiki Fun Day listen to great music from Kapaa Middle School Band & Choir and Candice & Co. Watch the Salsa dances, Kapaa Elementary School Kid Fit Crew and more. Enjoy the Slide and Glide inflatable fun for $15 All-day wrist band pass. Noon-6pm. $15 at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Call 808-755-5763.
2nd Annual iSiva Youth “Burn Out Suicide” Fire Knife Competition 6pm-9pm at Kapa‘a Beach Park. Fireknife competition, drumming exhibition and special presentations from 2010 World Fireknife Champion Rex Tiumalu of Disney Orlando, Florida and iSiva Fireknfie Crew. Free event. Call 808-755-5763.
KCP Presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” each play being performed in comically shortened or merged form by only three actors. Thurs-Sat. at 7pm, Sun at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, Lihu‘e, Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.
Pacific Harp Project with Noel Okamoto surprises listeners with a unique and exciting sonic experience by incorporating classical harp music into the realms of jazz, pop, and fusion. 7pm at KCC Performing Arts Center, in Puhi. Tickets $10-$30. Call 808-245-7464.
Earth Day / Community Work Day join in helping with a variety of fun park improvement projects at Lydgate State Park in Wailua. Bring a water bottle, work gloves and sunscreen. 7:30am-noon meeting at main pavilion, lunch and snacks will be served. Visit kamalanius.wordpress.com.
KCP Presents Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. Shows on Thursdays—Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, Puhi. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.
Evolution 2019 a celebration of our bodies, our health and our strong minds. An event that brings fitness, health & wellness to you. Full-day ticket holders can expect to enjoy a wide variety of group fitness classes, small group workshops, guest speakers, shopping, healthy eats, live entertainment and poolside relaxation. The day will be focused on fitness, healthy living and total body wellness. Participants can also enjoy some relaxation at a resort style pool & sauna. Evening ticket holders can expect to enjoy the live entertainment, dancing, food vendors and a glow yoga session to close out the event. AT Po‘ipu Beach Athletic Club, 2290 Poipu Rd. Call 808-742-2111.
Hawaii International Music Festival featuring Metropolitan Opera Singer Amy Shoremount-Obra, Internationally-Acclaimed Eric Silberger and Kaua‘i’s own Monica Chung. 8am-5pm at KCC Performing Arts Center, Puhi. $10-$30. Call 808-245-7464.
Banana Poka Roundup this annual family friendly event features Hawaiian music, basket making, children’s games, crowing contest, forest crafts and hands-on exhibits from over ten environmental organizations. 10am-3pm in Koke‘e Park. Call 808-335-9975.
Taste of Hawaii 2019—The Ultimate Sunday Brunch chefs from around the state gather to provide our guests with a tasting extravaganza. Wash it down with offerings from 15+ beverage vendors providing micro brews, big name beer wine (dozen of varieties), soda or bottled. $100. 11:30am-3:30pm at Smith’s Tropical Paradise, 3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Wailua. Visit tasteofhawaii.com.
30th Annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky at the Vidinha Soccer Field in Lihu‘e, featuring popular Hawaiian music artists. Events include keiki games, food, and entertainment as well as Kaua‘i’s largest 3D fireworks show. Gates open at 4pm and fireworks begin at 8:30pm. Tickets $15/Adult, $7 for keiki (under 5 are free). Visit kauaihospice.org.