What Is There To Do On Kauai?
Here is the answer to that age old question. We have included year round happenings along with the annual cultural events and charity events that have become important to us local residents.
We have included phone numbers so that you can call the event organizers for the exact date. As always if we can be of assistance we will be glad to assist. It is an opportunity to rub shoulders with the residents and help serve a great charitable cause.
GARDEN ISLAND ARTISAN FAIRE
Over 40 Artisans from Kaua’i showcase an array of handcrafted products from Kaua’i and Polynesia. Hawaiian music all day. Plate lunches, Hawaiian Shave ice, Smoothies. Free and open to the public. Poipu Beach from 9am-3pm. For more information call 808-245-9021. Late summer through early December.
Aloha Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural showcase, a celebration of Hawai’i's music, dance and history intended to preserve the unique island traditions. Events include Royal Court Investiture, a Falsetto Competition, luau and much more. For more information call (808) 589-1771. September through May with venues around the island.
KAUAI CONCERT ASSOCIATION CONCERT SERIES
The Kauai Concert Association concert series features a wide variety of performances including Latin/jazz, string quartet, modern and classical dance, piano/violin, jazz piano, gospel, classical piano, a jazz festival and more. Programs vary year to year. All performances take place at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. For more information call (808) 245-SING, from mid September to Late October.
The Kauai Society of Artists annual juried art exhibition. Kukui Grove Exhibition Hall. For more information call (808) 823-0579. Permanent exhibition that is open year round.
KOLOA MILL RUN
Saturday November 12, 2011. A 5K walk and run, for runners who need more miles there is also the 10K and 10mile portions of the event. The run benefits programs at KCC and the Rotary Youth Leadership award.
The annual Hawaiiana Festival at the Hyatt Regency, Kauai, features a talk-story tour of unique flora and fauna and a day of demonstrations portraying some of the Hawaiian culture’s unique arts and crafts. The event features a series of performances and entertainment, a protocol ceremony to the Aloha Week Court, multiple demonstrations, talk-story sessions, teaching of unique Hawaiian arts and crafts, as well as a Hawaiian buffet lunch. Multiple educational sessions are also offered. For more information call Stella Burgess, 808-240-6369, typically the first weekend in October.
ANNUAL COCONUT FESTIVAL
An annual event that features all things coconut, highlights the cultural, social and historical importance of the coconut. Unique coconut foods, crafts, games and contests will be featured. Kapaa Beach Park, East Side, all day. For more information call (808) 651-3273.
EO E EMALANI I ALAKAI FESTIVAL (QUEEN EMMA FESTIVAL)
The annual Emmalani Festival commemorates Queen Emma’s historic 1871 trek up Waimea Canyon and into the Alakai Swamp. Enjoy the royal procession, authentic hula, traditional Hawaiian music, crafts and exhibits. Kokee State Park. Free. For more information call (808)335-9975. Different locations around the island.
ANNUAL MATSURI KAUAI JAPANESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
A full day of music and dance performances, exhibitions and demonstrations celebrating the Japanese culture. Participate in mochi pounding, oshibana, tea ceremony, flower arranging, calligraphy, ink brush art, oshie, pressed flower art, bonsai planting, folk music, martial arts, mochi making, and kimono dressing. Live performances, bon dance, games, crafts and food. Kauai Memorial Convention Hall, all day. Entertainment will include group dance and karaoke song performances, taiko drumming, a mini-bon dance, and a theater performance. A highlight is the keiki and adult kimono dressing and picture taking, which is provided for a fee. Admission is otherwise free, and all are welcome. For more information call (808) 822-5353 or (808) 335-3219.
PAINT THE TOWN PINK
Kiahuna Golf Club will host a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Check in will begin on October 23 at 11am with a shotgun start at noon. A $79 dollar entry fee includes cart, green fees, awards, pupu party and silent auction. All to benefit a great cause. For non-golfers a $25 donation invites you to the pupu party and silent auction.
HANAPEPE SPOOK NIGHT
The Hanapepe Town Association presents its annual Hanapepe Spook Night, located in the Town Park from 2-6pm. A costume parade will start at 3pm within the park. Prizes and light refreshments for participants will follow. Free to the public. Don’t cook! Come grind with Da Imu Hut in Hanapepe Town Park and off you go to start your evening of fright at Russell the Rooster’s “Haunted House” located at Storybook Theatre 5-8pm! Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday evenings.
ROCK SAKE AND SUSHI AT JOSSELYN’S TAPAS BAR AND GRILL
Enjoy Sushi and Sake by the glass every Thursday through Sunday 5pm till 6pm in the Kukui’ula Village. Jus t $5 dollars for Josselyn’s famous Sangria in a festive atmosphere with great food.
WILCOX HEALTH FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL GALA
It’s Gala time! Bring out your black tie and bling for Wilcox Health Foundation’s Annual Gala: A night of casino gaming, glitz, and glamour at the Kaua’i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. You can look forward to being swept away for an exciting night of amazing entertainment, fine dining, a silent auction, and some incredible prizes. Featuring a vintage martini bar, faux cigarette girls, and a 9-piece big band! You don’t want to miss out on this exciting fundraising event. All proceeds of this gala will be allocated towards the purchase of capital equipment and upgrading technology at Wilcox Hospital. For more information call (808) 551-2448, this event is tentatively scheduled for mid November.
Year Round Things To Do On Kauai
KAPAA HISTORY TOUR
Interpretive guides from the Kauai Historical Society give 90-minute walking tours on the history and architecture of Kapaa Town. For more information call (808) 245-3373. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (ongoing)
OLD WAIMEA SUGAR PLANTATION WALKING TOUR
Tour Waimea Plantation Cottages and the neighboring Waimea Sugar Co. “camp” houses dating from the turn of the century. For more information call (808) 335-2824, every Friday and Sunday, please call for times.
SLACK KEY GUITAR – MUSIC OF HAWAII
Delightful concerts of Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele with songs and stories inspired by the beauty of Kauai. Fridays at 4pm and Sundays at 3pm, Hanalei Community Center. Admission fee. For more information call (808) 826-1469.
HISTORIC WAIMEA WALKING TOUR
Tour historic Waimea, the place Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii. Waimea was once a major population center and home to ruling chiefs. Missionaries established schools and rice and sugar growers changed the landscape. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. The 90-minute free tour begins at the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in the morning. For reservations or more information call (808) 338-1332.
HANAPEPE ART NIGHT
Participating galleries take turns hosting weekly original performances or demonstrations with a theme. Every Friday night is unique. All the galleries are lit up and decked out, giving the town a special, festive atmosphere. Enjoy a stroll down the streets of quaint, historic Hanapepe Town and meet the local artists. For more information call (808) 335-0343.
COCONUT MARKETPLACE ENTERTAINMENT
Free entertainment every day at 5:00 p.m. The shows vary and often include hula. For more information call (808) 822-3641, happening every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
KAUAI MUSEUM TOUR
Docents provide interpretation of Kauai and Niihau culture as they lead tours through the museum’s galleries. For more information call (808) 245-6931.
KAUAI POW WOW
Over 200 Native Americans from across America and many friends join in a celebration of cultural exchange with the people of Kauai, accompanied by visiting youth drum groups. Native American and Native Hawaiian-made crafts, clothing, food, musical instruments and hands-on activities. Native American dancing all day. Friday evening; all day Saturday and Sunday. Kapaa Beach Park. For more information call (808) 828-1294.
Free lei-making workshops are held every Friday at the West Kauai Technology & Visitors Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Come learn how to create the Hawaiian symbol of aloha. For reservations or more information call (808) 338-1332. Also monthly on the closest Saturday to the new moon.
MONTHLY STAR WATCH
Kauai is an ideal location for astronomical observation every Monday evening. The Kauai Educational Association for Science & Astronomy conducts a monthly starwatch in Kaumakani at the softball field. Follow highway 50 west past Hanapepe. After mile marker 18, look for KEASA signs on the right. Follow the KEASA signs for parking and starwatch. A monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. is followed by the public star watch at sunset. For more information call (808) 332-7827.
Fresh locally grown produce, flowers, and Kauai made products are available for sale at Kukui Grove Center’s Farmer’s Market on Mondays at 3pm. 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue. Monday through Friday at different venues around the island.
WEST KAUAI TECHNOLOGY & VISITOR CENTER
The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center opened in 1999 in beautiful Waimea Town, located on the west side of the Garden Island. The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center features exhibits, programs, and classes reflecting the multi-ethnic diversity of its historical and present agricultural community. Exhibits and displays based on themes relevant to visitors and residents alike are changed periodically to reflect the time of year, local celebrations, ancient Hawaiian traditional lifestyles, and the ethnic diversity of the West Kauai community. The center also presents a video about the island. Computers with free Internet access are available. Monday morning walking tours of Historic Waimea. Open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, 9565 Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea Town. For more information call (808) 338-1332.