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Kauai is proud to offer a variety of annual festivals, cultural celebrations, holiday gatherings, and community events and fundraisers. At these festivities you’ll often find local musicians and entertainment, onolicious food selections, cultural displays and keiki activities. Browse our island’s favorite events here and mark your calendars now, so that you too can experience what makes Kauai truly unique.

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April 2020

La Voix Returns to Kauai!

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Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at 7:00 pm9:00 pm
KCC Performing Arts Center, Lihue

Semi-Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent and star of the Ab Fab Movie Winning many prestigious awards over the Years, La Voix is the UK's Most Dazzling performer! For the past 10 years La Voix has been taking on the big divas and making them her own, on both stage and screen. Her unique stage show features Amazing Live Singing, Fabulous Musicians, Hilarious Comedy and the most amazing gowns! La Voix is a vivacious performer, her many talents add saucy layers…

Cost: $30 – $35

(CANCELLED) 2020 Kauai Okinawan Dance Festival

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Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 6:00 pm10:00 pm
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One event on April 18th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Kauai Veterans Center, Lihue

Come join us at the 2020 Kauai Okinawan Dance Festival at Kauai Veterans Center from 6pm to 10pm* on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th! The festival features traditional Okinawan food, live Okinawan music, and dance. The lively entertainment also features traditional Japanese bon dances. There will be crafters and a Country Store offering baked goods, produce & plants. Free admission and open to all! For more information and updates, follow our Facebook Event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/2239703223005757/ *Gates open at…

Cost: Free

May 2020

May Day by the Bay

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Saturday, May 9th, 2020 at 9:30 am5:00 pm
Waiʻoli Beach Park, Hanalei

May Day by the Bay is a Community event that features the best in Hawaiian music performed by groups from Kauaʻi and throughout the state, including hula, cultural demonstrations by local practitioners, a Kauaʻi made products craft fair, displays by community groups, Hawaiian food and a Silent Auction. We are proud to showcase the best parts of Kauaʻi - our people, culture and beauty. By shining the spotlight on the people in our community who are “Keeping the Culture Alive”…

Cost: $5.00

July 2020

Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run

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Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at 6:00 am10:00 am
Poipu Beach Park, Koloa

Family Fun Run Offers Healthy Fun for Everyone! Four different course lengths for you to choose from depending on your ability, endurance, and motivation! The choice of courses allows you to test your endurance or just stroll along while enjoying some of the most beautiful ocean views on Kauai’s South Shore. Prizes, race jerseys, food and drinks, along with free mini massages will be available to all participants. Awards will be given for 1st through 3rd place for each race…

Cost: $15 – $40

August 2020

Heiva I Kauai 2020 – Postoned

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Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 10:00 amSunday, August 2nd, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Kapa`a Beach Park, Kapa`a

PLEASE NOTE: this event is postponed due to COVID-19. New date TBA. In 2020, Heiva I Kauai celebrates the 19th anniversary of this unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event provides a venue for performers of all ages to present talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily. On Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 10am to 5pm, enjoy sea breezes and coconut trees while attending this…

Cost: $7 – $12

VIRTUAL Fall Concert Series – University of Hawaii and Kauai Concert Association

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Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Online,

University of Hawai‘i Presents SCEP Live Online Fall Concert Series   Honolulu – The Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP), a program of UH Mānoa Outreach College, expands its SCEP Live Online offerings with a fall concert series. For four consecutive Fridays, starting on August 28, 2020, live musical performances by local artists will be streamed for audiences to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their homes. The free hour-long performances will start at 7:00pm. Please email csinfo@hawaii.edu with your…

September 2020

The 12th Annual Virtual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon

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Sunday, September 6th, 2020 at 6:00 am2:00 pm
Poipu, Poipu

Additional Information on The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon While we will not be together on Kauai in 2020, we are going to celebrate the Garden Island and share our aloha spirit through our swag. By joining us virtually, you will earn: Unique finisher’s slipped medal with The Kauai Marathon traditional bottle opener included Super comfy logo’d virtual event performance tee Logo’d cinch bag Kauai themed goodies from our sponsors and local vendors like Kauai Coffee, Grand Hyatt Kauai and Wilcox…

Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival Church Service

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Sunday, September 20th, 2020 at 10:00 am11:00 am
Online,

Church service in the home of Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival Founder, Nathan Kalama along with the the Mālie Foundation Board of Directors. A perfect way to begin a festival thatʻs presented virtually due to these trying times. Please join us to be uplifted with love through music and words of encouragement. Please join us at http://www.kfhc.org/live-stream-.html  

Cost: Donation

Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival Composers Contest

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Monday, September 21st, 2020 at 6:00 pm7:00 pm

This event encourages the composition of new music in the Hawaiian Language and Open categories.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three in each category. Participants in this contest are inspired by sharing their personal musical creations with the Island's people and visitors.  Please join us virtually via Social Media on Facebook - The Maile Foundation for the presentation on September 21st.    

Cost: Donation

Mokihana Festival Cultural Presentation – Honoring Queen Liliʻuokalani

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Online,

The Mālie Foundation usually hosts the Eo E Liliʻu Children Music Contest to honor our last reigning monarch of Hawaiʻi. This event allows students in the Hawaiian Immersion School Programs to compete musically by grades with songs to honor the Queen and other Hawaiian cultural topics.  Due to this pandemic we are currently facing, we will be hosting a cultural presentation all about the Queen and her music.  Please join us virtually via social media, on Facebook at The Maile…

Cost: Donation

Paradise Craft Fair-a Virtual Online Event

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020Sunday, September 27th, 2020
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With so many in-person events being cancelled, we are bringing the event to you online.  Kauai has so many Talented Artisans and we have assembled a diverse sample of handmade products to choose from.  On our event website Paradise Craft Fair, we showcase the artists and their work as well as connecting you directly to them.  Each participant also offers a special discount during the event.  Whether you are looking for a gift or something for yourself, shopping local has…

Mokihana Festival Cultural Presentation – E Mau ana ka Puana Mele Inoa (Hawaiian Poetry)

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm7:00 pm
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"E Mau ana ka Puana Mele Inoa--Continuing Mele Inoa Traditions: King Kaumuali'i, Queen Lili'uokalani, and President Barak Obama" Mele inoa (name songs that honor people) is a long-standing genre of Hawaiian poetry that goes back centuries. While each is personal to the honoree, there are meiwi, or poetic and stylistic devices that have continued over time. This presentation looks at three specific examples for leaders across three centuries: Kaua'i's last sovereign, King Kaumuali'i, Hawai'i's last monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani, and US President…

Cost: Donation

Mokihana Festival Cultural Presentation – Did You Know? Now you Do!

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Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 8:00 am6:00 pm
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The Mālie Foundation is about educating the community of the rich history and interesting facts of Kauaʻi.  We have created the Mālie University featuring Kumu Hula Maka Herrod with Did You Know? & Now You Do! mini vignettes about our beautiful island of Kauaʻi.  Please join us virtually via social media on Facebook - the Maile Foundation.

Cost: Donation

Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival Hula Hōʻike

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Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Online,

Featuring hālau hula from Kauaʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, California, and Japan along with highlights of previous KMF Hula Competition.  Also highlighting the Mokihana Mākeke (Market) sharing about products from Kauaʻi along with other craft vendors who have join.  Please join us virtually on September 25th to view the competition via social media on Facebook - Maile Foundation.

Cost: Donation

Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival – Miss Mokihana Hula Kahiko Competition – Submission Deadline September 5th.

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Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 12:00 pm2:00 pm
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Miss Mokihana Hula Kahiko featuring soloist from participating hālau hula presenting choice mele hula connecting to their birth island.  Cash awards will be presented for Oli, Costume & Adornments, Hula Presentation and Overall.  Also presenting a short moʻolelo (story) Valley of the Kings.  Please join us for the competition on September 26th virtually via social media on Facebook - the Maile Foundation. To submit an entry by September 5th, please go to the Maile Foundation website or click here.

Cost: Donation

October 2020

Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i 2020 – Virtual Festivities

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Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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In early 1871, when Queen Emma took a fancy to journey from her Lāwa‘i beach house up to the isolated reaches of Waimea Canyon and the misted bogs of the Alaka‘i Swamp, she set off in a flurry of activity. An experienced guide was sought, provisions and horses were procured, and a path of fern logs was hastily laid through the wettest part of the swamp for the convenience of the Queen and her almost 100 traveling friends. Led by…

Cost: Free

Kukui Grove Halloween Festival-Virtual Contest

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 30th, 2020

Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue

Join this annual tradition with Kukui Grove and KONG Radio, this year adapted to social distancing. Keiki (children) and families are invited to join in on a virtual halloween costume contest in the categories for keiki, 11 and under and youth, 12-7 or for the whole family. Just put on your costumes and snap your pic at Kukui Grove Center through October 30th and upload to the KONG entry page. Listen to KONG for winners and check out the pics…

Kukui Grove Halloween Festival-Virtual Contest

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Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 30th, 2020

Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue

Join this annual tradition with Kukui Grove and KONG Radio, this year adapted to social distancing. Keiki (children) and families are invited to join in on a virtual halloween costume contest in the categories for keiki, 11 and under and youth, 12-7 or for the whole family. Just put on your costumes and snap your pic at Kukui Grove Center through October 30th and upload to the KONG entry page. Listen to KONG for winners and check out the pics…

Kukui Grove Halloween Festival-Virtual Contest

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Friday, October 30th, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 30th, 2020

Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue

Join this annual tradition with Kukui Grove and KONG Radio, this year adapted to social distancing. Keiki (children) and families are invited to join in on a virtual halloween costume contest in the categories for keiki, 11 and under and youth, 12-7 or for the whole family. Just put on your costumes and snap your pic at Kukui Grove Center through October 30th and upload to the KONG entry page. Listen to KONG for winners and check out the pics…

November 2020

Slack Key Guitar Festival

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 1:00 pm5:00 pm
Online,

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (ki-ho’alu) is a truly one of the greatest acoustic guitar traditions in the world. Ki-ho’alu, which literally means “loosen the key,” is the Hawaiian language name for the solo finger picked style. Take the time to listen in on what promises to be solid entertainment by eight of Hawaii’s slack key masters. Event Details Date: November 22, 1-5 pm Organizer: Ka-hoku Productions Website: https://facebook.com/slackkeyfestivals

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