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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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February 2020

E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – Hula, Mele, and Moolelo

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Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue

NUE - Nā Ukulele & Ekolu - is Bryan Tolentino on tenor ukulele, Halehaku Seabury from the group Na Hoa on baritone ukulele and Kama Hopkins from the group Holunape on U-Bass. Friends for many years, these three consummate musicians love getting together to share their music and passion for the ukulele! They have been doing NUE for about 4 years whenever the opportunities present itself! They look forward to sharing their unique sounds with the EKK audience. All EKK…

Moʻolelo o Waimea: Live theater performance featuring historical figures from West Kauaʻi at the historic Gulick-Rowell House

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Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 4:00 pm5:30 pm
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Hale Puna, Waimea

FREE ADMISSION Time: 4pm-6pm Location: 9567 Huakai Road, Waimea, HI Hale Puna/Gulick-Rowell House. Street parking available. Come listen to historical figures from west Kauaʻi tells stories from their perspectives on the grounds and within the food forest of the historic Hale Puna house built in 1828. Stories to be shared include: Captain Cookʻs landing at Waimea, as told by Chiefess Kamakahelei The return of Prince Humehume to Kauaʻ, as told by King Kaumualiʻi The kidnapping of Kaumuali'i, as told by…

Cost: Free

March 2020

E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – Hula, Mele and Moolelo – week 7

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Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue

Napua Greig, Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, record producer, educator and award-winning kumu hula of Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka at the Merrie Monarchs, embodies the phrase that “dynamite comes in small packages.” She commands the stage and thrills the audience with her phenomenal singing which won her numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano awards, local-girl humor and a refreshing on-stage style that steals your heart. Napua is a “pistol” and sure to thrill the EKK audience. All EKK events are held…

Kauai Museum Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole Celebration

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Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 10:30 am12:00 pm
Kauai Museum,

Kauai Museum along with Ahahui Kikiwa Hawaii o Moikeha Hawaiian Civic Club honors our Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole through mele (music), Hula (dance), and Mo'olelo (strorytelling). Join us on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10:30am to 12noon. Light refreshments to follow. Born on March 26, 1871 in Kukuiula, Koloa on Kauai, an heir to King Kaumualii the last King of Kauai. Educated in Oahu, California and England, he returned to take a prominent role in government. He established the Hawaiian Homes…

Cost: Admission cost

JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band

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

This is the first event for the Hawaii International Music Festival, and the only one being held on Kauai Island. Don't miss this Enjoy Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra followed by the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band. One Night only!

Cost: $10 – $30

E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – Hula, Mele and Moolelo- Week 8

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Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue

EKK Audience will need to hold on to their seats as Keale and LT Smooth join forces to bring their unique brand of Hawaiian music to the EKK stage. Both are popular musicians but when they join forces, expect the unexpected, as they each thrive on serendipitous encounters with each other, with the audience and whatever the evening brings to the table. Keale has just released a new album, and LT Smooth travels extensively sharing his story and music with…

The 10th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

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Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 11:00 am4:00 pm
Anahola Beach Park, Anahola

The 10th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 on the mauka side of the Anahola Beach Park, Anahola, Kauai, Hawaii. The event will reaffirm the leadership, stewardship, and vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaʻole and his legacy in perpetuating the growth of healthy Hawaiian community on ʻaina hoʻopulapula (homesteads land). The theme for this yearʻs event is ʻOhana. Participate in a day of fun filled activities.…

Cost: Free

E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – Hula, Mele, & Moolelo – Week 9

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Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue

Natalie Ai Kamau’u, four-time Na Hoku Hanohano “Female Vocalist of the Year” and 2016 Grammy Nominee, shares the EKK stage with husband I’olani Kamau’u and daughter Sha-Lei Kamau’u. She also embraces the hula world where she was named 1990 “Miss Aloha Hula” and sings for her parent’s Halau Hula Olana performances at the Merrie Monarch. The fashionable Natalie is sought out for her powerful vocal performances which is at the same time sweet, soaring, effortless and accompanied with memorable stories.…

E Kanikapila Kakou 2020 – Hula, Mele, & Moolelo – week 10 – FINAL WEEK

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue

John Mahi, Kawaiola Yaris and Bronson Aiwohi, three Kaua’i artists make up the group ‘Oiwi or Native Sons. They delivered such a fun night in 2019 that EKK audience requested them back. This year John Mahi, known for his smooth and effortless falsetto, will introduce new and upcoming falsetto singers as part of the program. Introducing new talent is a big part of the EKK platform; this will be another exciting way to top off the 2020 season. All EKK…

The Color Run

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Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 8:30 am3:00 pm
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, Lihue

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Team Unify wants to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics Kauai. We would like for you to help us support inclusion and acceptance through a fun and unique activity, The Color Run. The Color Run is a 1-3 mile untimed event. Color Runners will be doused from head to toe in different colored powders as they run. Participants will wear white at the starting line and finish the race plastered with color. The money raised…

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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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
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