Coconut Coast Events and Entertainment
Every week on the Royal Coconut Coast there are concerts, craft fairs, special performances, farmer’s markets, interesting lectures, cultural demonstrations and delightful local events. The monthly First Saturday Art Walk is highly popular. Several major events also come to the area throughout the year, providing full weekends of festival-fun. And, there are a number of community events that always welcome visitors. Check out our ongoing list of featured events, and don’t miss going to KauaiFestivals.com for a complete list of island-wide happenings.
June 11th is a state-wide holiday to celebrate King Kamehameha and his legacy of uniting the Hawaiian islands under one rule. Typically, there are extravagant parades as part of this celebration that include the extraordinary processions of Pa‘u (pronounced pa-oo) Riders. In parades Pa‘u Riders are almost always accompanied by an entourage that includes a page announcing the pa‘u princess, and ladies in waiting, as well as accompanying paniolo (cowboy) escorts, all dressed in costumes that flow across decorated horses. With COVID-19, the traditional parade is postponed until 2022. However throughout this June Kauai’s visitors will be amazed by the Pa’u Rider exhibit at the Kauai Museum. Self-guided tours are offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit is currently accessed by stairs to the 2nd floor.
For more information, read the article, “The Pa‘u Rider Lives On” by Dennis Fujimoto with The Garden Island. Photo by Dennis Fujimoto.
“>From Hawaii Magazine: Most people might throw away the bottle caps, fish nets, buoys, plastic fragments and other marine debris that washes ashore, but 26 Kaua‘i artists turned what most of us would consider trash into 66 thought-provoking works of art.
Those pieces are now on display at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists’ “Washed Up” exhibit at the Kukui Grove Center in Līhu‘e. The third annual show, which is being held in conjunction with World Oceans Day on June 8, is co-sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation of Kaua‘i and meant to increase awareness of single-use plastic and marine debris. The exhibit runs through July 2.
This event is co-sponsored by Kauai Surfriders Foundation.
Photo by Noelle Fujii-Oride, Hawaii Magazine
Date: Through July 2nd
Organizer: Kauai Society of Artists
Eight communities on Kauai schedule Bon Dances on weekends from mid June through the first week of August. This colorful and fascinating celebration is in memory and to honor the departed. It includes dancing, music, candle-lighting, and other traditions. This year, with caution about COVID-10, events will be held virtually, with the first one taking place on June 18-20 in Hanapepe at at the Kauai Zoto Zensiuji Temple. Enjoy observing this tradition virtually through kauaisotozen.org, or through Facebook and YouTube. In 2022 live events will return where visitors are invited to attend and participate as well as sample a wonderful variety of traditional foods.
Kauai Summer Bon Dance Schedule:
June 18 & 19 – Kauai Soto Zen Temple, Hanapepe Town
June 25 & 26 – Koloa Jodo Mission
July 2 & 3 – No Bon Dance
July 9 & 10 – West Kauai Hongwanji Mission
July 16 & 17 – Lihue Hongwanji Mission
July 23 & 24 – Waimea Shingon Mission, Waimea Valley
July 30 & 31 – Kapaa Jodo Mission, Kapaa
See the full story by Dennis Fujimoto with The Garden Island, photo credit, Dennis Fujimoto
Date: June 18th through July 31st, virtual
Organizer: Kauai Buddist Council
On July 31st and August 1st, Heiva I Kauai, celebrates its 19th annual Tahitian dance and drumming competition, a unique, exciting and colorful event, always held on the first weekend in August. The competition provides a venue for the next generation of performers to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily! This is an outstanding opportunity to see and learn about Polynesian dance traditions. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m) enjoy balmy sea breezes and whispering palm trees at this community-sponsored, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture at Kapaa Beach Park (4-1464 Kuhio Highway), with categories for boys and girls along with adults. Participants perform solo and group competitions and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. Event admission is $5 at the door. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.
After the opening ceremonies, a solo competition is held on Saturday, starting with the youngest age groups and continuing through adults, until the championship dance-offs in the afternoon. Solo categories include traditional otea vahine and tane, for junior, senior and master (age 26+) divisions. Group categories include otea, aparima, ahupurotu and drumming. Group competition is scheduled for Sunday.
Many vendors offer an extensive array of Tahitian and other Pacific Island gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork, clothing and lauhala weaving. Food vendors sell a variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists and crafters demonstrate coconut frond and lauhala weaving, Polynesian carving, and lei making. Also a silent auction is held both days of the event.
Bring a beach chair, sunscreen, hats and water.