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 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.

Fridays
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

January 25
Makaiwa Craft Fair
event hosts live music and local artists and artisans from around the island showcasing the best art, jewelry, crafts, and other wares the island has to offer all under one big tent. 10am-5pm at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort, 650 Aleka Loop, Kapa‘a. Call 808-822-3455.

January 26
Healing Arts Fair
vendors that will be providing different healing modalities and services as well as artists selling their handmade arts, crafts, and jewelry. Feast on Shakti Indian Cuisine vendor providing delicious Indian Food, with vegan, vegetarian and meat options. Noon-6pm at Grove Farm, 4050 Nawiliwili Rd, Lihu‘e. Call 808-638-4680.


February 2020

February 1 & 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.

February 8
Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paʻani Makahiki
community event for the whole family featuring Ancient Hawaiian Games, Cultural Demonstrations, Displays by community groups, a Kauaʻi made craft fair, and Ono Food. Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paʻani Makahiki honors the traditional time of year from November through February when Lono ruled the land. One of the ways that Lono was honored was through friendly competition. 8am-5pm at Vidinha Soccer Field, Lihuʻe. Call 808-635-9028.

February 8
Craft Fair in Paradise
handcrafted and imported products from more than 30 different artisans. Enjoy Local foods and a mini Farmer’s Market. Live entertainment this is an event for everyone. 9am-4pm at Mano Kalanipo Park, Po‘ipu. Call 808-652-0236.

February 9
28th Annual Ho‘ike Hula Concert with Halau Hula ‘O Leilani
features Hawaiian cultural hula dances and Hawaiian music. This event will have Food booth as well as variety of crafters starts at 3pm for vendors and doors open at 6pm, show starts at 6:30pm. This year we will have Kumu Leilani Rivera Low (Recording Artist and Grammy nominee) sing with her halau and special guest Josh Tatofi (Recording Artist and Na Hoku Hanohano award winner) also Larry Rivera will be joining. 3pm-9pm at The Kauai Marriott in Lihu‘e. Call 808-651-0864.

February 14-26
Kauai Quilt Show 2020
there will be over 70 quilts hung on display many of them will be for sale. Meet the quilters from 5pm-8pm on the 14th. 10am-6pm daily at KSA Gallery, Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihu‘e. Free. Call 808-652-2261.

February 14
Matt Lemmler’s Jazz Singer Night LOVE Concert
featuring Matt Lemmler on piano and vocals along with eight KISS vocalists singing jazz classics with the theme of love. $25, 7pm. At St. Michael’s Church at 4364 Hardy St, Lihu‘e. Call 800-838-3006.

February 15-23
43rd Annual Waimea Town Celebration
many events including music, food, cultural events, competitions and races, etc. take place over the week. A not-to-be-missed event every year. Visit waimeatowncelebration.com.

February 21-March 8
She Kills Monsters
Kauai Community Players presents A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Call 808-245-7700.

February 28 & 29
5th Annual Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
will include workshops, kanikapila jam sessions where festival guests play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur Hawaiian Steel Guitarists present their own programs to festival guests. Free event at at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort. Call 808-375-9379.


March 2020

March 1, 5, 6, 7 & 8
She Kills Monsters
Kauai Community Players presents A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Call 808-245-7700.

March 14
10th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration
will reaffirm the leadership, stewardship, and vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaʻole and his legacy in perpetuating the growth of healthy Hawaiian community on ʻaina hoʻopulapula (homesteads land). Participate in 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. Admission is free. This is an alcohol and drug free event. 11am-4pm at Anahola Beach Park. Call 808-392-6119.


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
La Voix Returns to Kauai
for the past 10 years La Voix has been taking on the big divas and making them her own, on both stage and screen. Her unique stage show features singing, fabulous musicians, hilarious comedy and the most amazing gowns. $35 at KCC Performing Arts Center, Puhi. Call 808-245-7464.

April 3-19
Noises Off
this script parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with each play being performed in comically shortened or merged form by only three actors. Thursdays–Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm at 4411 Kikowaena Street, Puhi. Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org.


May 2020

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.