The Islands of Hawaii
For Immediate ReleaseJuly 09, 2010
2010 FESTIVALS AND EVENTS ON KAUAI
Upcoming Events on the Island of Kauai
25TH ANNUAL KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS
July 17 – 25, 2010
Sport events, historic walks, rodeos, block parties, a craft fair, Polynesian dancing and entertainment throughout the week. For event schedule, call Koloa Plantation Days at 808-652-3217 or visit www.koloaplantationdays.com.
HEIA I KAUAI IORANA TAHITI
July 30 - August 1, 2010
Dance groups from Tahiti, Hawaii, the US mainland, Japan, and Canada take part in this Tahitian dance competition. Also traditional and contemporary drumming categories. For more information, call 808-822-9447 or visit http://tikiripolynesianinstruments.com/heiva.htm.
KAUAI COUNTY FARM BUREAU FAIR
August 26 - 30, 2010
Fun for the whole family. Features floral and cooking demonstrations, hula halau exhibition, petting zoo, great island food and much more. Held at Vidinha Stadium, Lihue. For more information, contact the Kauai County Farm Bureau at 808-337-9944 or visit http://kauaifarmfair.org/.
ALOHA FESTIVALS KAUAI
Cultural events, activities and programs. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Hawaiian culture while having lots of fun. Most events are free with your Aloha Festivals ribbon. Contact Aloha Festivals at 808-391-8714 or visit http://www.alohafestivals.com/.
THE KAUAI MARATHON 2010
September 5, 2010
Kauai’s tropical paradise will become the backdrop for this world-class event, which will lead runners through one of the world’s more beautiful marathon courses and donate net proceeds to local charities. Visit www.thekauaimarathon.com for more information.
26TH ANNUAL KAUAI MOKIHANA FESTIVAL
September 19 - 25, 2010
Island-wide events featuring a dance competition for men and women, a composers’ contest, crafts, festivals, lectures and workshops. Call 808-822-2166 or visit http://www.maliefoundation.org/mokihanafest.html for more information.
14TH ANNUAL COCONUT FESTIVAL
October 2 – 3, 2010
This popular event highlights the cultural, social and historical importance of the coconut. Crafters will be on hand selling their island products. Come join the fun and participate in coconut games, coconut crafts and coconut contests. Event will be held at Kapaa Beach Park. Contact the Kapa`a Business Association at 808-651-3273 or visit http://www.kbakauai.org/Pages/coconut-festival.html.
22ND ANNUAL EO E EMALANI I ALAKAI
October 2, 2010
Located on the meadow fronting the Kokee Natural History Museum. Various hula halau from across the state come to dance. Features a royal procession, Hawaiian entertainment, hula, crafts and demonstrations. Contact the museum at 808-335-9975 or visit www.kokee.org.
MATSURI KAUAI 2010
October 8 - 9, 2010
A full day of music, dance performances, exhibitions and demonstrations celebrating the Japanese culture. Participate in mochi pounding, oshibana, a tea ceremony, and kimono dressing. For more information, call 808-335-8431.
A three-day series of educational programs, plus entertainment and lu`au designed to teach the customs, crafts and spirit of Hawai`i’s native people. View lauhala weaving, stone carving, use of feathers, lei making, etc. Learn about ancient Hawaiian traditions and practices. Located at the Grand Hyatt Kaua`i Resort & Spa. Contact Stella Burgess at 808-240-6369.
LIGHTS ON RICE PARADE
December 3, 2010
Approximately 40 lighted parade entries come from all over the island. This popular event follows the opening ceremony of the Festival of Lights. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 808-241-4925.
HOLIDAY HULA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
December 12, 2010
A Hawaiian Christmas performance by Nah Hula O Kaohikukapulani. Chants, hula and Christmas melodies. The night includes a silent auction and finger foods. For more information, call 808-335-6466.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON KAUAI FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR PLEASE VISIT www.kauaifestivals.com. or gohawaii.com/kauai
Ongoing Events on the Island of Kauai
Aloha Friday Lei Making Workshop
Free lei-making workshops are held every Friday at the West Kauai Technology & Visitors Center. Reservations are required for this free event. Come learn how to create the Hawaiian symbol of aloha. For reservations and more information, call 808-338-1332.
Coconut Marketplace Entertainment
The Coconut Marketplace is an open-air market, which houses 70 different shops and restaurants. Every Wednesday evening the marketplace offers free entertainment at 5:00 p.m. and includes local hula dancers. For more information, call 808-822-3641.
Hanapepe Art Night
Every Friday, Hanapepe Town’s nine galleries open their doors for an evening of artistic adventure. Stroll through Main Street and enjoy fine art and live entertainment. You can also purchase local goodies and crafts as you make your way through the galleries. You’ll find the perfect souvenir from your visit to Kauai. Friday nights, 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol Bain at 808-246-2111.
Historic Waimea Walking Tour
Tour historic Waimea, the place where Captain Cook first landed in Hawai‘i. This town was once a major population center and the home to ruling chiefs. Missionaries established schools, and rice and sugar growers changed the landscape. Every Monday, the free 90-minute tour begins at the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in the morning at 9:30 a.m. For reservations and more information, call 808-338-1332.
Hula Show At Harbor Mall
Enjoy a free hula show every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Harbor Mall. For more information, call 808-245-6255.
Kauai Museum Tour
From Monday through Friday, docents provide interpretation of Kauai and Niihau culture as they lead tours through the museum’s galleries. Free tour with admission. The tour occurs every Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 808-245-6931.
Kauai is an ideal location for astronomical observation. The Kauai Educational Association for Science & Astronomy conducts a monthly starwatch in Kaumakani at the softball field at sunset. For more information on dates and times, call 808-332-7827.
Families and visitors are invited to join Kauai Museum for a day of demonstrations, exhibits and fun. View native Hawaiian art and artifacts preserved in the main exhibit. Held on the first Saturday of every month. Admission is free. For more information, call 808-245-6931.
Old Waimea Sugar Plantation Walking Tour
Tour Waimea Plantation Cottages and the neighboring Waimea Sugar Company “camp” houses, which date from the turn of the century. For more information and reservations, call 808-337-1005.
Slack Key Guitar And Ukulele Concerts
Enjoy traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele every weekend at the Hanalei Family Community Center from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($15 keiki/seniors). For more specific information, call 808-826-1469 or visit www.alohaplentyhawaii.com
Urahutia Productions presents free Tahitian dance performances every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-5:45 p.m. at Poipu Shopping Village. Performances are held at the Center Stage. Come and enjoy the beauty of Tahiti. For more information, call 808-742-2831.