Best of Kauai’s East Side

Major Summer Events on the Royal Coconut Coast

Kauai Culture and Arts

Heiva I Kauai Polynesia Dance Festival, photo by Mike Teruya

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.