Things To Do On Kauai In December | New Years Celebration

Kauai Festivals and Events

Where did the year go? I continue to ask myself, as I tap out our best things to do in Kauai event calendar, already six days into the month. December is a time of the year to find events where you can rub shoulders with the local residents and learn a great deal about contemporary Kauai. The “locals”, already a friendly sort, are even more excited at this time of the year. Perhaps it’s anticipation of the winter surf, the big wave riders checking tidal charts, along with local fisherman, who know that the highest prices for ahi tuna is during the Christmas season, are both smiling a bit broader this time of year.

On the agricultural front, the Waipa Kalo Festival is an event close to my heart is being held in Waipa this weekend. Taro, is the potato of the Pacific, it was one of the first plants loaded into the canoes when the early Polynesians left the Marquesas to find a new land to the north. It represents life for all Pacific island peoples and especially so for Hawaiians. All parts of the plant are edible, it has medicinal properties, and when grown in the checkered fields of Hanalei it provides habitat for many endangered native bird species.

Great music will fill the air the entire month with favorites sung in Hawaiian and usually accompanied with some of the finest dancers in the state of Hawaii. It’s all here for you.

Waipa Kalo Festival

December 9th, 10th, and 11th, Various times each day of event . The Big Field at Waipa. Call Kalen, 808-826-9969

Waipa Foundation, together with Limahuli Garden and Preserve, is pleased to host a Kalo Festival again this year to celebrate everything kalo (taro). Saturday Ho`olaule`a will feature hands-on workshops, educational displays, biggest kalo competition, a cooking contest, lo`i tours, and a keiki kalo art contest.

Free Film

Thrive December 9th at Common Ground (Kilauea) starts at 5.30pm – 8 pm

Thrive, is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s really going on in our world by following the money upstream uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, Thrive offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Kealia Beach Bonfire

December 9th. Hook up with the Kauai Adventure Club Meetup group.

Christmas on Kauai Events

A hui hou from all of us at Turtle Cove Suites. Mele Kalikimaka

Hanapepe Winter Christmas Festival

December 9th, at 4.30pm – 9pm

A fun evening of winter and Christmas cheer at the Hanapepe Town Park. Held in conjunction with the town’s regular Friday Night event, the buildings will be decked out in Christmas theme and lights. Santa will be making his appearance and there will a tree lighting ceremony at dusk! Choirs, carolers & bands will be playing those winter favorites throughout the night. There will be Christmas handicrafts, food, games, a pet Christmas costume contest at 6pm, and more! A free event. Organized by the Talk Story Bookstore, West Kauai Lions Club & Historic Hanapepe Town Association. Please contact Ed Justus at 335-6469.

Koloa School Annual Pancake Breakfast

December 10th. 7.30am till 11am at the cafeteria. This annual event located only minutes from our Kauai rentals on Poipu Road will benefit the students of Koloa School throughout the year with school projects. Vendors and craftspeople will be selling their wares during the event and entertainment will be provided by the students.

Kauai Choral Christmas Concert

December 10th and 11th. 7-9pm. The concert on the tenth will be at the Kauai Community College. The concert on the 11th will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Princeville.

Beautiful sounds of the season with Christmas favorites, Hanukkah selections and a variety of traditional holiday songs. The Kauai Chorale will featuring the Kauai Orchestra Ensemble. This will be a warm and fun Christmas concert for the entire family.

Christmas Old and New

December 13, 7-9pm at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.

All four of Island School’s choral ensembles team together to present “Christmas Old and New” , their fourth annual Christmas choral concert. Singers at Island School have been preparing since August to present this evening of holiday music, which features Island School students on violin, electric bass, guitar, percussion instruments, and, of course, ukulele. “Christmas Old and New” is so named because the chorus revives some of its most popular songs from years past as well as adds new pieces to its repertoire. Additionally, it explores both old traditional Christmas classics and new contemporary holiday melodies. This year’s chorus, comprised of the Island School Alaka’i Chorus, Island School ‘Ōpio Chorus, Island School Keiki Chorus, and the Island School Singers, is the largest Island School Chorus in Island School history with over 100 students in grades 4-12 participating.

Audobon Christmas Bird Count

December 17 Join us for the annual bird count. Contact Michelle Hookano at 335-9975. Meet at the Kokee Museum. See native Kauai birds in an ecosystem that is botanically rich.

Waimea Christmas Parade

Waimea Town 7pm. A fun time for all. Parade floats and live music is the hallmarck of this annual event.

Willie K Wonderland Concert

December 17 7-9.30pm

Mokihana Annual Christmas Party Luncheon

December 17 11am – 2pm The theme is Christmas in Hawaii.

Kauai Sings Christmas in New York

December 17th A benefit for Malama Pono at the Kilohana Luau Pavillion 7pm to 9pm Call Jason at 652-5210

Hawaiian Luau Dancing

A Kauai Christmas Hula Concert

December 18 at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall 7-9pm

Kumu Hula Leilani Rivera Low and Halau Hula o Leilani invite everyone to celebrate the holidays Hawaiian style with beautiful music, hula, Maori, and Tahitian dances. Over 75 keiki and adult dancers dressed in colorful costumes and lei dance to lively Hawaiian Christmas songs and vibrant Tahitian drums. Leilani and her guest musicians perform other original Christmas songs. Guests from Niihau share their distinctive harmonies and Niihau dialect in mele composed by Mama Ane Kanahele and dedicated to the Lord. Local gifts and crafts in the lobby from 5 pm. Come to this festive holiday show for the whole family. Call Darryl Low, 651-0864 to reserve seats.

Santa Arrives by Canoe at Kalapaki Beach

Saturday December 23, 3PM
Carried by outrigger canoe paddlers with his reindeer safely secured, St. Nick will arrive on Kalapaki Beach riding aboard a double-hulled canoe. Santa will have treats for all who welcome him to Kaua‘i.
The public is invited to come enjoy this fun Hawaiian tradition free of charge.

Christmas Eve on Kauai Event

Calvery Chapel Christmas Choir

at Kauai Marriott Resort at Lihue, 7pm – 9pm free of charge. Puna Ballroom. All welcome. 20 carols to sing along with. Mini-Drama and dance performance. Church service.

New Years Eve on Kauai Events

New Years Eve Live Music on the Beach

5PM December 31 Poipu Beach Park. Kalapaki Joe’s in partnership with Poipu Beach Resort Association are hosting the event, which is complimentary and open to the public. Begins at 5:00 pm with live local music, food booths and a keiki (children’s) tent and culminates with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:15 pm.
There is a Facebook Page called NYE at Poipu Beach Park for this. Event contact is the office of Poipu Beach Resort Association: 742-7444

New Years Eve Fireworks

Poipu Beach Park December 31 9:15
Go early or take a cab as parking will be a challenge.
Jim Adamic co-host of the Kauai Adventure Club Meetup group is saving a spot for their group.

New Years Eve Celebration

at Kilohana Luau Pavillion. Honoring 25 years of Hawaiian tradition at Kilohana. Call Yvonne at 245-5608

Celebration 2012 New Year’s Eve

Emmy winner and three time Grammy award nominee Toni Childs is in Concert at the Kauai Marriott in Lihue. The event kicks off at 7.30 pm. Dinner and Concert $150. Concert and NYE $75

Aurora Foundation Fundraiser

Located at Common Ground, on Kauwa Road in Kilauea, Kauai. For a $75 dollar donation for dinner, there will be live music and a silent auction with dancing from 6pm till 1am.
Not interested in the great food? For a $25 donation arrive at 9pm till 1am. Live music featuring Iris Downey, The Soul Good music family, Hanalei School of Music, and DJ Keone Kealoha. For more info call 808-652-5874

New Years Day on Kauai Events

Pot Luck in the Taro Patch

Community event in Anahola, Kauai, January 1, 10:30am – 5pm. Live music. Alcohol is limited to one ceremonial mimosa, please do not bring alcohol. This is a family event.

About Joe Sylvester

Aloha! I have lived on Kauai for 33 years where I have worked as an Agronomist for 17 years, owned an art gallery for 11 years and own a vacation rental for 17 years in the town of Poipu. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer and have been married since 1985.
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  1. At the New Years Eve event on Poipu Beach: from 5pm – 9pm, there will be food booths manned by Keoki’s Paradise, Paco’s Tacos and Pizzetta where you can purchase food. Alcohol will not be sold but you can bring your own.

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