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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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December 2018

Lights on Rice Parade

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Friday, December 7th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rice Street, Lihue

Come to the Lights on Rice Christmas Parade -  The parade is held on the first Friday in December each year to welcome the holidays. The entire Rice Street is closed down from 5:30pm just for this bustling annual event! One of Kauai’s largest attractions, a must-see event that you want to bring your whole family to! Please plan early to place yourself along Rice Street to enjoy. This year’s parade has swelled to about 60 units with 3,000 performers!…

Kauai Festival of Lights

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Saturday, December 8th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic County Building, Lihue

Santa’s Gone Kauaiian at the Festival of Lights! It’s a Kauai-style Holiday Wonderland inside the Historic County Building. This December marks the 22nd Anniversary of this glorious celebration founded by artist Elizabeth Freeman in 1997. It showcases the beloved “Trash to Treasure” Folk Art decorations of Auntie Josie Chansky and the gorgeous new “upcycled” creations designed by Elizabeth and crafted by our talented teen volunteers! Step Inside and Let the Magic begin! In the twinkling interior guests will find delightful…

Cost: Free

PAINA & THE ARTS – “Eternal Kauai: Past, Present & Future” with Kimie Sadoyama

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Saturday, December 8th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

PĀ’INA & THE ARTS We are honored to celebrate the creative genius of Hawaii’s local artists that are inspired and moved by the history and culture of these islands! Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 as we feature Kauai born poet, artist and author, JILL KIMIE SADOYAMA! We’re excited to celebrate her release and newly published clap book, “Eternal Kauai: Past, Present & Future” with a delicious dinner and live performance of her creative literary works. Special guests include Renee…

Cost: $35.00

Joy of Christmas

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Saturday, December 8th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. Raphael Church, Koloa, Koloa

Join us at the inaugural "Joy of Christmas" festival of lights hosted at St. Raphael Church. We have invited parishioners, local businesses and organizations to join us in creating a celebration of Christmas for all Kauai residents and visitors. Admission is Free. Festivities begin every Saturday and Sunday in December at 6pm until 8pm Christmas light display Food & Drink available for purchase Delicious soups, hot dogs, popcorn, home-made pastries Hot chocolate, coffee, latte, tea, soda, juice, water Gift Shop with…

Cost: Free

The 12th Annual Kauai Sings Christmas

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Saturday, December 8th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Kilohana Luau Pavilion, LIhue

Join Kauai's best crooners as they cheer in the holiday season with some of your most beloved holiday songs in a benefit for Malama Pono Health Services.  Tickets available at http://mphskauai.org/kauai-sings-christmas/ or Call Malama Pono (808) 246-9577

Cost: $25 – $30

Kauai Festival of Lights

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Sunday, December 9th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic County Building, Lihue

Santa’s Gone Kauaiian at the Festival of Lights! It’s a Kauai-style Holiday Wonderland inside the Historic County Building. This December marks the 22nd Anniversary of this glorious celebration founded by artist Elizabeth Freeman in 1997. It showcases the beloved “Trash to Treasure” Folk Art decorations of Auntie Josie Chansky and the gorgeous new “upcycled” creations designed by Elizabeth and crafted by our talented teen volunteers! Step Inside and Let the Magic begin! In the twinkling interior guests will find delightful…

Cost: Free

Joy of Christmas

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Sunday, December 9th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. Raphael Church, Koloa, Koloa

Join us at the inaugural "Joy of Christmas" festival of lights hosted at St. Raphael Church. We have invited parishioners, local businesses and organizations to join us in creating a celebration of Christmas for all Kauai residents and visitors. Admission is Free. Festivities begin every Saturday and Sunday in December at 6pm until 8pm Christmas light display Food & Drink available for purchase Delicious soups, hot dogs, popcorn, home-made pastries Hot chocolate, coffee, latte, tea, soda, juice, water Gift Shop with…

Cost: Free

Saving Ohia: Film Screening by KCC and NTBG

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Tuesday, December 11th, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Kauai Community College, Lihue

Ōhia (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaii, are dying from a new fungal disease. On Hawaii Island, hundreds of thousands of ōhia have already died from this fungus, called Ceratocystis. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid Ōhia Death.” This disease has killed trees in all districts of Hawaii Island and has the potential to kill ōhia trees statewide.  Please join…

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

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Friday, December 14th, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei

Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. #1 BEST LIVE SHOW - 2018 Hawaii Magazine Reader's Choice. Traditional slack key music embraces you with Aloha creating an oasis of peace and deep relaxation... Perfect for your Kauai experience. 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!". This concert will 'Tune…

Cost: $10 – $25

Kauai Festival of Lights

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Friday, December 14th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic County Building, Lihue

Santa’s Gone Kauaiian at the Festival of Lights! It’s a Kauai-style Holiday Wonderland inside the Historic County Building. This December marks the 22nd Anniversary of this glorious celebration founded by artist Elizabeth Freeman in 1997. It showcases the beloved “Trash to Treasure” Folk Art decorations of Auntie Josie Chansky and the gorgeous new “upcycled” creations designed by Elizabeth and crafted by our talented teen volunteers! Step Inside and Let the Magic begin! In the twinkling interior guests will find delightful…

Cost: Free

Drive-Through Live Nativity at Crossroads Christian Fellowship

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Friday, December 14th, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Crossroads Christian Fellowship, Kapaa

Drive-through Live Nativity at Crossroads Christian Fellowship Kapaa Bypass Road Friday and Saturday nights, December 14th & 15th 6:30-8:00pm Celebrate Christmas this year with a visit to our drive-through Live Nativity scene. Bring your ohana to Crossroads Christian Fellowship on the Kapaa Bypass Road and enjoy different scenes depicting the timeless story of Christ's miraculous birth!! After you drive through the Nativity, park your car and enjoy free crafts for keiki, hula performance, keiki choir entertainment, free face painting, hot…

Drive-Through Live Nativity at Crossroads Christian Fellowship

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Saturday, December 15th, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Crossroads Christian Fellowship, Kapaa

Drive-through Live Nativity at Crossroads Christian Fellowship Kapaa Bypass Road Friday and Saturday nights, December 14th & 15th 6:30-8:00pm Celebrate Christmas this year with a visit to our drive-through Live Nativity scene. Bring your ohana to Crossroads Christian Fellowship on the Kapaa Bypass Road and enjoy different scenes depicting the timeless story of Christ's miraculous birth!! After you drive through the Nativity, park your car and enjoy free crafts for keiki, hula performance, keiki choir entertainment, free face painting, hot…

2018 Holiday Fair

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Saturday, December 15th, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue

The Annual Holiday Fair will be held at a new location this year. We are happy to announce its new location at the Kmart parking lot (back side). More details to come.

Cost: Free

Kauai Made Holly Jolly Holiday Fair

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Saturday, December 15th, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
K-Mart Parking Lot, Lihue

Come join us for a Jolly day of finding your favorite certified Kauai Made Products - sure to delight anyone on your list!  All Kauai Made products are guaranteed to be made on Kauai and unique to Kauai Island.  

Santa Claus ~ Princeville

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Saturday, December 15th, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Princeville Community Center, Princeville

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town! Saturday, December 15th 10:00 – 11:00am Princeville Community Center 4334 Emmalani Drive (across from the Library)   BRING YOUR CAMERA for Photos with Santa Light Refreshments   Hosted by the Princeville Community Events Committee www.princevillecommunity.com

Cost: Free

Pepper & Stick Figure Concert

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Saturday, December 15th, 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Poipu Beach Athletic Club, Koloa

Pepper & Stick Figure are coming to Kauai - December 15th at Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Purchase tickets online at www.Bampproject.com or www.Eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be purchased on island at Poipu Beach Athletic Club, Pono Market, Deja Vu Surf at Kukui Grove, Hanalei Surf, Progressive Expressions, or Rainbow Gas & Mini Mart in Kapaa. -- This is an all ages event. Please do not bring chairs, blankets, strollers, umbrellas, Food or Drink, Drink containers, and of course, Weapons (of any kind).

Cost: $35 – $89.50

Kauai Festival of Lights

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Saturday, December 15th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic County Building, Lihue

Santa’s Gone Kauaiian at the Festival of Lights! It’s a Kauai-style Holiday Wonderland inside the Historic County Building. This December marks the 22nd Anniversary of this glorious celebration founded by artist Elizabeth Freeman in 1997. It showcases the beloved “Trash to Treasure” Folk Art decorations of Auntie Josie Chansky and the gorgeous new “upcycled” creations designed by Elizabeth and crafted by our talented teen volunteers! Step Inside and Let the Magic begin! In the twinkling interior guests will find delightful…

Cost: Free

Joy of Christmas

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Saturday, December 15th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. Raphael Church, Koloa, Koloa

Join us at the inaugural "Joy of Christmas" festival of lights hosted at St. Raphael Church. We have invited parishioners, local businesses and organizations to join us in creating a celebration of Christmas for all Kauai residents and visitors. Admission is Free. Festivities begin every Saturday and Sunday in December at 6pm until 8pm Christmas light display Food & Drink available for purchase Delicious soups, hot dogs, popcorn, home-made pastries Hot chocolate, coffee, latte, tea, soda, juice, water Gift Shop with…

Cost: Free

Waimea Christmas Light Parade

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Saturday, December 15th, 6:15 PM to 11:00 PM
Hofgaard Park, Waimea, Waimea

The parade begins at 6:15 pm at Waimea Canyon Middle School and ends at Hofgaard Park. The Waimea Bridge will close at 5:30 pm and reopen at 8:00 pm, so come early to shop for Kauai made items and food sold by local businesses and community organizations. Stay late for our Christmas Party in the center of town with the LIVE band QuAke! Lots of free parking behind the West Kauai Tech Center.

Cost: Free

A Night of Chamber Music– 4th Edition

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Saturday, December 15th, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
St Michael and All Angels Church – Lihue, Lihue HI

Kauai Concert Association is proud to present the 4th Night of Chamber Music with Ensemble Henrietta on Saturday, December 15th at 7:30pm at St. Michael & All Angel's Episcopal Church in Lihue. Hawaii Symphony Orchestra cellist Josh Nakazawa and Bostonian violist Drew Ricciardi will join violinist Kaycee Parker and pianist Monica Chung. The quartet will guide you through their journey of unlikely paths that crossed, long lost friendships rediscovered, and the binding power of music. A wine reception to meet…

Cost: $10 – $30
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