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.
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.
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.
Kaua‘i Made / Kaua‘i Grown Products Show for locally-owned and grown products. 11am-2pm at Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Call 808-241-4946.
October 19 & 20
Kauai‘i Chocolate & Coffee Festival features chocolate cooking, growing and tasting coffee growing and tasting art exhibitions at galleries in Hanapepe recipe contest chocolate and coffee plant sales and propagation demonstrations. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm in Hanapepe Town. Visit kauaichocolateandcoffeefestival.com.
National Make A Difference Day – Lydgate State Park share your aloha for Kauai’s kids and community by caring for Kamalani Playground and Lydgate Park. Meet in the main pavilion of Lydgate State Park at 7:30am. Enjoy coffee and pastries at registration before starting. Finished by noon and serving lunch with food provided by local area businesses. Please wear shoes, dress for outdoor work projects, and bring your own sun protection, water bottle, and gloves. Call 808-639-1018.
2018 Harvest Festival featuring water slides, a bounce house, rides, games, food, entertainment, music, tons of free pumpkins, and more. At Waimea Canyon Park, 9555 Huakai Rd, Waimea from 11am-4pm. Free event.
Spaghetti Night in the Pumpkin Patch all you can eat spaghetti, three types of sauces, garlic bread, salad & hot cider in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Kauai Beach Resort. This is a family friendly alcohol free event. $15 per person plus FUNdraising games… Costume contests for keiki & adults, silent auction, Trick or Treat at the Scarecrow Patch and more. 5:30pm-8:00pm. Call 808-245-1955.
10th Annual Princeville Fine Arts show will be exhibiting drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculptures. Free event. Friday evening reception. Viewing Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm at Princeville Community Center, 4334 Emmalani Dr. Call 808-826-6687.
KISS Rocktober concert with many beloved rock and roll songs—some with a Halloween theme. Plenty of room to dance or just sit and listen. $10. 7pm-9pm at 1065 Kuhio Highway, Kapa‘a. Visit kisskauai.org.
A Holocaust Survivor Speaks: The Consequence of Intolerance a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor with a miraculous tale of survival will be visiting Kauai end of October. He will tell his astonishing story and speak out against all forms of discrimination and bigotry. $18/adult, $5/student. 5pm at the Kauai Marriott Beach Resort main ballroom. Visit thekauaievent.com.
Kauai Veterans’ Day Parade in downtown Kapa‘a will begin at 9:30am starting on Makaha Road and proceeding down Kuhio Highway thru downtown Kapaa and ending at Kapaa Beach Park on Nui Street. It will feature marching units from the different military services, community organizations, Kauai school’s marching bands and JROTC units. Following the parade there will be a coconut festival craft fair featuring different ways the coconut and the tree leaves can be used for crafts as well as for food. Food vendors featuring local foods. Local entertainment featuring singers as well as a hula show. A short program will be held to honor our Veterans. The parade falls on First Saturday in Kapa‘a.
November 9 & 10
4th Annual Wahine Comedy Festival Brandi Morgan from Oahu headlining both shows. Comics ftom Maui: Corky Gardner and Ronda Hanson, Big Island: Justine Smith: and Oahu: Host Patrice Scott, Mary Jane Murphy, Cameo Lawrence and Erika Swartzkopf. Come laugh with the funniest ladies in Hawaii. $12. 8pm-10pm at Trees Lounge, 440 Aleka Pl, Kapa‘a. Call 808-542-8345.
Kaua‘i Old Time Gathering is a celebration of the traditional musics of North America and the Hawaiian Islands and an opportunity for fans and musicians to learn a variety of styles and instruments in workshops, classes, and jams. Two outdoor stages (Camp Sloggett and CCC Camp) one indoor location (the historic Koke’e Lodge)—all performances in Lodge are free to public. Five bands from US mainland, seven bands from Hawai‘i. Workshops in music instruments. $25/day. Visit kauaioldtime.com.
Rice Street Block Party plenty to see and do, with artisans’ booths, live entertainment, dancing, food trucks and culinary specials from local businesses. 4pm-8pm. Rice Street will be closed from Kalena Street to the Rice Shopping Center from 2pm to 10pm. Free parking is available at the Kaua‘i Civic Center parking lot and free shuttle service will transport party goers to and from Vidinha stadium from 4pm to 8:30pm. Call 808-245-9527.
Disney’s Newsies The Broadway Musical Live on Stage Friday and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 students & seniors, ages 3 and under free. Visit hawaiichildrenstheatre.org.
Kauai Community College Instrumental Music Ensembles’ Winter Concert Preview music ensembles perform selections from upcoming winter concerts. Free. 7pm-9pm at Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihu‘e. Call 808-387-6772,
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.
Kaua‘i Museum Annual Christams Craft Fair purchase your Christmas gifts from a variety of local food vendors and Kaua‘i-made craft vendors. 9am-8pm. Call 808-245-6931.
Kauai Community College Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Grundman, Hylkil, and Cacavas. This concert includes classical music, folk songs, and holiday music. Free. 4pm-6pm at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Puhi. Call 808-387-6772.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.