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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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.

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.

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.

September 2019

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 Museum4050 Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue. Call 808-855-8646.

October 2019

October 5
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.

October 5
Aloha Aina Concert
featuring Kauai’s own Kainani Kahaunaele and Friends. Ticket includes ono pupus and a drink and are $35. After the concert mele workshop sharing the story and words of a mele aloha aina. 2:30pm-5:45pm at Waimea Theatre. Visit kaumualii.manokalanipo.org.

October 10-27
WIT Presents—A Tuna Christmas
centers on the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp. A mysterious “Christmas Phantom,” known for vandalizing the yard displays, threatens to throw the contest into turmoil. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at Kukui Grove Center, Lihue. Visit womenintheatre.org.

October 12
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.

October 12
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.

November 2019

November 6-9
Poi‘pu Food & Wine Festival
is a 3-day Festival, located on Kauai’s South Shore, hosted by the Poipu Beach Foundation. The event will celebrate Kauai’s diverse culinary resources and talents, while supporting the Culinary Arts Program at Kauai Community College (KCC). Visit poipufoodandwinefestival.com.

November 8 & 9
5th Annual Wahine Comedy Festival
the funniest ladies in Hawaii and we are coming back. The only all-female comedy group in Hawaii. A Hoku 2017 best comedy album winner, the hilarious Brandi Morgan headlines this two night festival. $12. 8pm at Trees Lounge, 440 Aleka Pl, Kapaa. Call 808-542-8345.

November 9
Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run
is Kaua‘i’s premier 5-km, 10-km, Half Marathon Runs, and non-competitive 5-k Walk. The half marathon will start at 7am; the 5-k run and walk will start at 7:15am., and, the 10-k run will start at 7:30am. The run will include a breakfast and microfiber T-shirt. Visit oldkoloasugarmillrun.org.

November 15-December 1
Hawaii Children’s Theatre Presents Matilda The Musical
you’ve seen the movie now see the musical. Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, 3 and under are free. At the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Visit hawaiichildrenstheatre.org.

November 22-24
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.

November 24
27th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival—Kaua‘i Style
15 artists will showcase a variety of slack key guitar stylings that offers the listener a glimpse into the simplicity and beauty of the art form. Noon-6pm at Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Call 808-226-2697.

December 2019

December 1
Hawaii Children’s Theatre Presents Matilda The Musical
you’ve seen the movie now see the musical. Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, 3 and under are free. At the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Visit hawaiichildrenstheatre.org.

December 6-28
23rd Annual Festival of Lights & Parade
kicks off with a lighted parade in downtown Lihu‘e from 6pm-8pm on Dec. 6. Lighted trees are on display in the county building Friday through Sunday from 6pm-8pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus are available for pictures through December 24th. Visit kauaifestivaloflights.com.

December 7
16th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at NTBG
a day of holiday shopping and entertainment featuring Kaua‘i made in Hawai‘i products, jewelry, clothing and more. Free admission to the fair. 9am open. National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center,4425 Lawai Rd, Lawai. Call 808-742-2623.

December 14
Kaua Made Holly Jolly Holiday Fair
from 9am-2pm at 4303 Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue. Free admission. Call 808-241-4946.

December 31
New Years Eve at Poi‘pu Beach Park
grab your lawn chairs and beach blankets and ring in the new year. Enjoy a family-themed movie at sunset on the large outdoor screen followed by a spectacular aerial display of fireworks at approximately 8:15pm. Call 808-742-7444.

January 2020

January 17-February 2
Live on Stage: The Rocky Horror Show
Kauai Community Players presents this cult classic on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Call 808-245-7700.

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