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.

Major Events Lined Up for the Royal Coconut Coast in Summer

June 2, August 3-4 and Sept 22-28
Kauai Culture and Arts

Three spectacular events are lined up on the Royal Coconut Coast in June, August and September. First up is the extravagant Taste of Hawaii at Smith’s Tropical Paradise on June 2nd, followed by the colorful Heiva I Kauai Polynesian Festival in Kapaa August 3-4 and moving on to the highly cultural Mokihana Festival, September 22-28 (with two events located in Kapaa). Taste of Hawaii provides what has become known around the islands as the “ultimate Sunday brunch”, offering delectable choices prepared by numerous chefs, an array of beverages, topped off by music and entertainment. Proceeds benefit youth and education. Heiva I Kauai is a Polynesian dance competition featuring dance halaus (dance troops or schools) from Hawaii and the Pacific. The Mokihana Festival features cultural entertainment and practices throughout the week, such as a Hawaiian Church Service, presentations by cultural specialists and several dance and singing competitions. For more information, check individual websites, linked to each event.

Event Details

Date: June 2, August 3-4 and Sept 22-28
Organizer: Kapaa Rotary Club, Heiva I Kauai, and Maile Foundation
Website: https://kauaifestivals.com

Annual Kauai Mayor-a-thon - Run, Walk, Bike, Stroll

June 22nd, 6:30 a.m.
kauai mayorathon
Join Kauai’s Mayor Kawakami and Get Fit Kauai for this fun and free 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 mile walk, bike, run or stroll. This fun annual event takes place along Ke Ala Hele Makalae (Kapaa bike path) on Saturday, June 22, with check-in starting at 6:30am. The event starts and finishes at Kapaa Beach Park.

 The first 500 registered participants / volunteers will receive a free event T-Shirt and everyone will receive a cinch bag from Kaiser Permanente. In addition, participants may enjoy breakfast from Mark’s Place (sponsored by HMSA), dancing, games, prizes, zumba and more.

Bring a healthy food item for the Kupuna Healthy Food Drive and receive a pair of sunglasses while supplies last.  This food drive will benefit the Kauai Independent Food Bank and the Hawaii Food Bank-Kauai Branch equally.

All who pre-register and check in will be eligible to win prizes including resort stays, bicycles and more. Also, free transportation is available via the Kaua‘i Bus from Westside and North Shore. This is a zero waste Event. You are invited to bring your favorite water bottle which can be re-filled at the event.

Get Fit Kauai and the County of Kauai would like to thank our premier endorser Kaiser Permanente and our other generous sponsors; Hawaii Public Health Institute, HMSA and Hawaii State Department of Health.

You can only register one person at a time and each person must be registered (kids too!). Volunteers must also be registered.  Click here to register.

More about Get Fit Kauai

 

Event Details

Date: June 22nd, 6:30 a.m.
Organizer: Kauai County and Get Fit Kauai
Website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019Mayorathon

Saturday Mornings at Lydgate

Saturdays 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Every Saturday morning from 8:30 until 10:30, at Lydgate Beach Park, community volunteers tackle beach clean up — clearing driftwood, washed up branches and marine debris to maintain the pristine quality of this popular swimming beach, loved by locals and visitors alike. All are welcome to participate. Snacks are served at 10:30. This weekly project is organized, in part, by the Friends of Kamalani. Wear shoes that can get wet or sandy and bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen and bottled water. Go to the protected rock wall swimming area and look for voluteers wearing yellow Beach Cleanup Team tee shirts. Participants are referred to the coordinator or assigned a task.

The Friends of Kamalani, a non-profit organization, focuses on Lydgate Beach Park, Kamalani Playground and Kamalani Kai (a kid-friendly beach park to the west of Kaha Lani Resort). For more information go to: https://www.kauaipath.org/kamalani

Photo credit: Friends of Kamalani

Event Details

Date: Saturdays 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Organizer: Friemds of Kamalami
Contact: Thomas Noyes
Telephone: 808.639.1018
Website: https://kamalanius.wordpress.com/

Heiva I Kauai Polynesian Dance Festival

August 3rd and 4th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On August 3rd and 4th,  Heiva I Kauai, celebrates the 18th anniversary of a unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event 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! Held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy balmy sea breezes and whispering palm trees at this community-sponsored, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture at the Kapaa Beach Park (4-1464 Kuhio Highway). Participants from Hawaii, the Mainland and Japan, with a range in ages from toddler to elder, perform solo and group competition and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. Event admission is $7 at the door. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.

Award-winning Honolulu Tahitian dance group Te Vai Ura Nui provides house drumming and exhibition dancing on both days. Participation is encouraged for the audience dance competition and coconut husking contests.

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.

More than 40 vendors offer an extensive array of Tahitian and other Pacific Island gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork and clothing. Food vendors sell a variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists and crafters demonstrate coconut frond and lauhala weaving, Polynesian carving, and lei making.

 

Event Details

Date: August 3rd and 4th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organizer: Heiva I Kauai
Telephone: 808-822-9447
Website: https://heivaikauai.com