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 for a complete list of island-wide happenings.

"Talk Story" about Polynesian Voyagers at the Kauai Museum

Mondays, 11:30 am
Coconut Coast History

Every Monday at 11:30 a.m., stories and legends surrounding Polynesian voyagers are presented by Jim Jung at the Kauai Museum. These “talk story” (discussion) sessions are included in the price of admission. Jung provides detail and insight into Polynesian navigation used for thousands of years for long voyages across thousands of miles in the open Pacific. Navigators traveled to small inhabited islands using way-finding techniques. Polynesian voyagers were the first human settlers in the Hawaiian islands. At 10:30 a.m. Jung also holds a “talk story” session about Cleopatra’s Barge, a royal yacht commissioned by King Kamehmeha II.

For more than 55 years, the Kauaʻi Museum has preserved the rich history of Kauai, Niihau and its people. Today, the Kauai Museum houses cultural treasures, works of art and priceless artifacts that exist nowhere else in the world.

Event Details

Date: Mondays, 11:30 am
Telephone: 808-245-6931

Humpback Whale Count -- January 25th

January 25, 8 am-noon

Every year in January, February, and March (peak season for whale activity in Hawaii), volunteers count whales from the shores of Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count offers Hawaii residents and visitors the chance to monitor humpback whales in their breeding grounds by conducting a yearly shore-based census during the peak season. The first ocean count day is January 25th from 8 a.m. until noon. Kapaa Lookout is one of 12 count-locations on Kauai, is easily accessible and located on the north side of Kapaa. Turn right at the driveway just past mile marker #9. Proceed through the first parking lot to the second larger parking lot. Bring beach chairs

Launched in 1996 when 150 volunteers took to the shorelines of Oahu to count Hawaii’s endangered whale population and document the animals’ surface behavior. The event now draws more than 2,000 volunteers across Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii.

Photo credit: Hawaiian Islands National Marine Fisheries

Event Details

Date: January 25, 8 am-noon
Organizer: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Kuilau Ridge Guided Hike - January 26

January 26, contact leader for starting time

Join the Sierra Club Kauai Chapter for a hike on the Kuilau Ridge Trail, which starts at the Keahua Forestry Arboretum near Kapaa. This hike is considered easy to moderate (3.5 miles) with a 280 feet elevation change .

Enjoy a gentle, steady walk on a wide path with sweeping views of lush valleys, Mount Waiʻaleʻale and Makaleha Mountain Ranges. This hike offers rewards of stunning scenery and ever-present bird songs — without a lot of effort.  Hike to the bridge and picnic tables for lunch. Meet at the arboretum. Contact hike leader Vivian Hager 808-652-3234 for starting times and specific meet-up instructions

To reach Keahua Forestry Arboretum, take Hwy 580 off of Kuhio Hwy, and drive 8 miles to the arboretum. There are two parking lots on the right side of the road. Once you park, head back down the road on foot to the trail head which is also on the right.

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Event Details

Date: January 26, contact leader for starting time
Organizer: Sierra Club Kauai
Contact: Vivian Hager
Telephone: 808-652-3234

First Saturday Art Walk Kapaa

February 1st, 5 to 9 p.m.
Art Walk Kauai

Every month on the Royal Coconut Coast, Kappaa’s popular First Saturday Art Walk, is held in Old Kapaa Town during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Kapaa merchants and restaurants stay open late offering many specials. artists, food vendors and musicians set up along the street with musical performances throughout the town. The event has grown in popularity drawing hundreds of residents and visitors.

Three acres of extra parking for this highly popular event is found at Restore Kauai, 4451 Lehua St., Kapaa, HI 96746, next to Specialty Lumber. Parking is within walking distance of Old Kapa‘a town. For more information go to:

Checkout this short video about First Saturday Art Walk in Kapaa:

Event Details

Date: February 1st, 5 to 9 p.m.
Organizer: Kapaa Business Association

Ten Weeks of Music - E Kanikapila Kakou

Mondays, through March 23, 6-9 pm

E Kanikapila Kakou, Kauai’s annual celebration of Hawaiian music, is held every Monday through March 23rd, featuring many guest artists of considerable renown.

Coming up on February 3rd, The ever-popular Jerry Santos of Olomana with the musical stylings of virtuoso Kamuela Kimokeo promises an evening of unforgettable music, delightful stories and hula participation by Kauai’s own dancers. These consummate musicians are EKK (E Kanikapila Kakou) favorites who deliver top-notch performances every time they are invited.

All EKK gigs are held in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Kauai Beach Resort from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A suggested donation in the calabash of $10 -$15 treats you to an unforgettable evening of aloha from the heart.

A no-host bar and food concession in the ballroom operates throughout the event. All EKK events are open to the public.

Event Details

Date: Mondays, through March 23, 6-9 pm
Organizer: The Garden Island Arts Council
Telephone: 808.245.2733