It will be a busy month of June here in Kauai Hawaii. School is complete and the families will arrive with kids in tow. The universal question that all parents have is, how do we keep the kids entertained. We’re here to help with our monthly activities guide for the Garden Island.
June 1, 8, 30
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Celebration at the Kauai Village (near Safeway) 4-6pm except on the 30th 5-7pm. Honoring some great local music icons on the 8th celebrating Herb Kane and on the 30th Hawaiian cowboy music.
June 1, 8, 30
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Celebration at the Kauai Village (near Safeway, under the clock tower) 4-6pm except on the 30th 5-7pm. Honoring some great local music icons on the 8th celebrating Herb Kane and on the 30th, Hawaiian cowboy music.
June 2, 9, 16, 23
Hawaiian Slack Key Series at the Kauai Village under the clock tower all events are free from 5-7pm. The events schedule highlights Hawaiian cultural stories and song.
The theme for June 2 is : Mo’o Legends. Mo’o is an ancient mythological legend of a lizard that is represented by the Hawaiian gecko. Primarily represented as a kind and benevolent god in Polynesian Legends.
The theme for Jun 9 is: Sea Turtle Serenade. Follow songs and legends of the Honu or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle and hear how this charismatic ocean creature aided ancient Hawaiians and how they honor its gift to Polynesians.
The theme for June 16 is: Hawaii Sunset Music. What better way to honor legendary sunsets in the most beautiful place in the world.
The theme for June 30 is: Hawaiian Slack Key. This uniquely original method of guitar playing originated in Hawaii. Called ki o’halu or ‘loosen the key’. In this style the strings are loosed to produce a variation of tunings that are uniquely Hawaiian. Songs reflect the lives and the loves of the Hawaiian Islands.
Drag Racing at the Mana raceway held by the Garden Island Race Association, 11am till 9pm. This quarter mile track and event draws entrants from around the State. Time trials begin at 2pm and competition at 7pm. Come see dragsters, street bikes, street class, and sports compacts vie for prizes.
Taste of Hawaii at Smiths Tropical Paradise in Wailua, 11.30am till 3.30pm. The premier culinary event on the island is hosted by the Kapaa Rotary. Fifty of the best chefs from around the state participate in this annual event. Proceeds go to worthy island causes.
June 3 at Poipu Beach Park 10am till 2pm. Come see this exciting and ancient tradition of paddling. A great opportunity to see Open canoe 6, 2 and 1 man participants along with surf ski, and paddle board enthusiasts who will challenge themselves to either the Long Course (Kalapaki Bay to Poipu Beach Park) or the 2.5 mile short course from Poipu Park to Kukuiula Harbor.
Kauai Bon Dance Season
Held every Friday and Saturday during the month at Buddhist Missions around the island. This ancient tradition honors and welcomes deceased relatives back to earth. The festival is marked with loud happy music and taiko drumming and dancing around a tall tower called a yagura. Great local food and traditional Japanese foods will be sold at these events.
Happiness Planting Festival
June 16 in Lihue at the Old Immaculate Conception Church, 10am till 6pm. Japanese traditional dance, ikebana, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment. The Festival itself is a celebration of practices of
planting of peace, joy, beauty, strength, and love. The sponsors seek to serve healthy growth of love, enlightenment, and spiritual education.
Kauai Plein Air Invitational
June 16 at the Grove Farm Museum 1pm till 5pm. This 2nd annual event brings 16 Plein Air artists to Kauai to paint various scenes around the island during the week of June 9 through the 16th. The public can meet the artists and enjoy food and entertainment at the Museum on the 16th.
King Kamehmeha Celebration and Ho’olaulea
June 16 this annual Parade will begin at 10am from Vidinha Stadium and end at the Historic County Building on Rice St. where there will be a celebration of 125 years of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s Education Legacy to the people of Hawaii. There will be refreshments and music till 5pm.
Craft Fair in Paradise
June 23 at the Waioli Park in Hanalei, 9am till 4pm. This quarterly event brings the islands’ best crafters and artisans in one of the prettiest spots on Kauai. Find a unique gift from the island that you will cherish forever.
The 5th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival
Four exciting days of Jazz and Blues comes to the Garden Island at the Kauai Lagoons Resort. Festival begins at 3pm each day from the 27th through the 30th. Great music and refreshments from the likes of Kauai Lagoons and the Koloa Rum Company. Tickets are $40.
Saturday, June 2 Kalepa Ridge/Strenuous /East side/8 miles (F) Enjoy sweeping coastal and valley views along the ridge which continues the Sleeping Giant range from Wailua River to Hanama`ulu. Bob Greene 245-9280
Sunday, June 3 Maha’ulepu Sunset to Full Moon Walk/South Shore/ Moderate/3 Miles. (C/E/F) Start out in the afternoon from Shipwreck Beach for a spectacular coastal walk to Maha’ulepu. Enjoy the sunset and a full moon over the glistening ocean. We’ll shuttle cars to make this a leisurely one way hike. Judy Dalton 246-9067
Saturday, June 16 Ho’opi’i Falls/ East Side/3 miles/moderate. Lovely forest trail along a river leading to two beautiful waterfalls. A real treat! Bob Greene 245-9280
Sunday, June 17 Maha’ulepu/South Shore/moderate/3 miles. (C/E/F) Spectacular coastal walk with stunning views. Visit the fantastic sinkhole/cave archeological site. Allan Rachap 212-3108
Saturday, June 23 Pihea trail/ Koke’e/ strenuous/ 8 miles (C/E) Fabulous views into Kalalau valley and part way into Alakai swamp, ending at Kawaikoi stream. Jane Schmitt 826-6105
Saturday, June 30 Beach Clean Up and Walk. We’ll clean up the beach on the walk out and stroll back enjoying its beauty. Meet by pier at Black Pot Beach at 10:30AM. We’ll supply bags, gloves and refreshments. Vivian Hager 652-3234
We always welcome your comments and likes. If we missed an event please tell us and we will add it to our Kauai calendar of great things to do here on the Garden Island.