Kauai Festivals, Events, Hikes, and Outings
With Spring in full regalia the island of Kauai pulls out all the stops to embrace the new season. We have compiled a calendar of events, festivals and great hikes to consider prior to your arrival. Take time to plan, some of these best things to do on Kauai in April will fill quickly.
April 1: The 9th Biannual Kauai Plant and Seed Exchange from 12pm to 7pm next to Papaya’s Whole Food in Kapaa. Although you will not be able to bring back seeds from Kauai to the mainland there is still plenty to experience at this event. Presentations on Hawaiian herbal medicine and the latest update on the Coco Palms land project. There will be great music and Tahitian drumming to highlight the afternoon. Free
April 2: Show your respect for the island and join the Sierra Club for a Spring cleaning of Waimea Canyon Drive, the gateway to Kokee. This adopted 2 mile section will require only an hour. We are sure you will find a few new friends who will help you discover a trail in the beautiful Kokee State Park. Call Bob at 346-0476
April 6: Mahaulepu Sunset walk. Meet at Shipwrecks adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai for an easy walk along the South Shore of the island. Watch the sunset and enjoy the full moon evening. Call Bill at 652-1718
April 7: Kalalau to Space Rock on the North Shore. This strenuous 7 mile hike will take you to the rugged NaPali with mountain and coastline views. Call Jane at 826-6105
April 14: Alakai Swamp Trail in Kokee. The highest elevated bog in the world (4,500 feet) is home to plant and bird species found only in Kauai. This strenuous 7 mile hike take you into rain forests and along trails with views overlooking the town of Waimea. Call Bob at 245-9280
April 14: First Hawaiian Bank Torch Fun Run will be held at 7.30 am at the Bank’s Lihue Branch. The donation is $25 for this easy 1 mile run that benefits Special Olympics, for an additional $5 you will receive a T-Shirt for this event.
April 14: Sunset Stroll to Fight MS. Register at the Kapaa Beach Park and Bike Path 4pm and walk at 5pm along the Kauai Path. Epic coastal views along the pride of east Kauai, the Ke Ala Hele Makalae multi use path has quickly become the place to meet, exercise and have fun for all.
April 15: Tri Kauai Sprint Triathalon. Begins 7am at Poipu Beach park. An easy event designed for individuals or teams and for seasoned athletes or beginners. Call Brian at 635-6311
April 19: History of Lihue Plantation Company. Author Jan TenBruggencate discusses his new book, “Lihue Mill, From Grinding Cane to Making a Community” at the Lihue County Conference Romm 2a and 2b at 6pm. Call Kauai Historical Society 245-3373
April 19: Kauai Community College Annual Earth Day Festival: This annual event will have food booths, local crafts for sale, live music and cultural displays to mark this very special day. From noon till 6pm. Sculptures will be on display by the students that are made of at least 90% rubbish found washed ashore.
April 19: Benefit Concert featuring Jack Johnson and friends at the Performance art center. Admission is $50. Call 245-8311
April 19, 20, 21: Tenth Annual Kauai World Challenge. This 34 mile coastal relay race will feature Hawaiian outrigger canoes, stand up paddle boarders, and surf skis who will participate in team events from Wailua Beach to Hanapepe’s Salt Pond Beach Park.
April 20 and 21: St. Theresa School Carnival: A popular west side annual event held in the former sugar town of Kekaha. Dramatic sunset views over the island of Niihau is just one of the highlights of this venue. Great local foods and cultural events all to a great cause. Free and open to all from 6pm till 11pm
April 21: Honopu Trail Hike. This five mile hike opens up to spectacular views of the coastline and Honopu Beach. Call Kathy at 826-7302
April 22: Earth Day. Help us clean up Kealia Beach. By removing discarded trash and fishing line we ensure that it doesn’t harm any ocean loving animals. Gloves and refreshments provided. Call Vivian 652-3234
April 23: Nonou Conservation Project. More familiarly known as Sleeping Giant, join staff of the National Tropical Botanical Garden as they protect native Hawaiian plant species that are found nowhere else in the world. Hosted by Bob Nishek one of the leading authorities on native Hawaiian plants. A wealth of information and a great guy. Call Bob at 346-0476
April 28: American Cancer Society Race for Life. This annual event is held at the Hanapepe Soccer Stadium from 5.15pm till 6am. Teams will walk in relay all night, this endurance challenge represents the journey that a cancer victim battles through treatment and recovery. There will be crafts and food items for sale. All are welcome. Call Nalani at 241-6394
April 28: Powerline Trail walk. It is not everyday you will find a group willing to tackle the entire nine miles of the trail from Princeville to Wailua. Dramatic mountain and coastal views reward all participants. Call Ken at 346-1229
April 29: Mahaulepu Coastal Walk. An easy 3 miles along the south shore. Bring water and sun screen because the sun can be brutal in the afternoon. Call Allan at 212-3108
April 29: Kauai Children’s Authors Guild. Meet Monika Mira and have her sign her book, The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book. At Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens 9am till Noon.
From great hikes along our south shore to the verdant rain forests of Kokee you will experience what makes Kauai unique among the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to the natural warmth and beauty of its landscape you will have the opportunity to experience outings and events that will introduce you to the warmth of its residents. For a moment in time you will share their lives and what is important to them.
We welcome your questions or if you need more ideas on what to do on Kauai, please send us a comment.