Coconut Coast Events and Entertainment

Concert – April 28 – Noel Okimoto Quintet

Kauai Concert Association presents Oahu’s legendary Noel Okimoto Quintet on Saturday, April 28th at the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach. Born and raised in Honolulu, Noel Okimoto has been playing professionally since the age of ten with the drum set as his primary instrument. He is also regarded as an accomplished orchestral percussionist, vibraphonist, composer and clinician.  Kauai’s master pianist Hank Curtis and songstress Peggy Lake will open the concert, which runs from 5 until 9 p.m.  Held outdoors, in the resort’s luau tent, Food and beverage will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $30 per person.

Okimoto, graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in percussion and went on to play in Hawaii, the mainland USA, and internationally throughout his career. He has joined such notable musicians and groups as  Freddie Hubbard, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Richie Cole, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank, Barney Kessel, Lew Tabackin, Sadao Watanabe, Wynton Marsalis, Ronnie Cuber, Makoto Ozone, Jeff Richman, Larry Coryell, Nestor Torres, Gene Harris, Take 6, David Benoit, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Steve Allen, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Dionne Warwick, and Jake Shimabukuro. He was also a member of the Gabe Baltazar Group for five years. Noel leads the percussion section of the historic Royal Hawaiian Band as well.

Earth Day at Lydgate Park – June 16th

Pat Griffin and Cherry Midkiff sprucing up Lydgate Park on Earth Day.

Celebrate Earth Day helping to beautify Kauai’s beloved Lydgate Park, with a morning of your time on Saturday, April 21st. Working along the grounds and shores surrounding the Lydgate park swimming area is topped off with complimentary lunch and ‘talking-story’ among residents and visitors alike. Coffee and treats will also be provided. Bring a water bottle, hat, shoes, and sunscreen. Register at or call 808-639-1018.


First Saturday Art Walk Kapaa — April 7 & May 5

A recurring major event on the Royal Coconut Coast is the First Saturday Art Walk, held in Kapaa’s Old Town every month.

April 7th and May 5th will be the next dates that 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: or email

Kapaa’s First Saturday Art Walk draws lots of entertainment and food. Photo by Heidi Siefkas,

Volunteer Whale Count – January 27th

From November through April, enormous Humpback whales are seen breaching and spouting from the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal bike path on Kauai. This 3.8 mile long multi-use pathway travels along Kauai’s eastern coastline passing by several beaches and scenic viewpoints. It’s common to see Humpback whale activity from many vantage points. On the last Saturday of January, February and March in 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary, asks volunteers to observe and count the number of whale sitings from 8 a.m. until noon. The data is used to monitor growth or decline of the endangered Humpback whale population. The Royal Coconut Coast Association encourages members and visitors to participate. For visitors, bike rentals are found in several locations along the bike path. Coconut Coasters and Hele On Kauai Bike Rentals also provide bike trailers for small children. There are two restrooms and a number of picnic pavilions along the route. The primary whale count activity takes place at an overlook on the bike path, just east of Kapaa. To register as a volunteer, go to:


Lydate Park Volunteer Clean-Up On December 9th

From Thomas Noyes, Freinds of Kamalani:

Did you happen to admire the beautiful Super Full Moon on Sunday?Along with that very full moon came an unusually high tide. As expected, a considerable amount of marine debris was washed up on the beach at Lydgate Park’s swimming ponds (see attached picture from Monday morning).

Here are three ways you can kokua with this easy beach cleanup:

  1. lend a hand with the Beach Cleanup Team at the swimming ponds, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM this Saturday (December 9, 2017), meet near the Lifeguard Tower;
  2.  If you’re at the beach before Saturday, please take a bag and pick out the plastic bits from the debris line.
  3. Share this call for volunteers on your social media channels.

Please feel free to call or text  if you can bring a group or need more details—808 639-1018.

Lydgate Park Beach

Kauai Mokihana Festival – Hawaiian Church Service Sept. 24th

Male dancers perform kahiko hula during Kauai’s Mokihana Festival. Photo courtesy of Malie Foundation

Kauai’s 32nd annual Mokihana Festival launches in Kapaa on Sunday, September 24th at 10 a.m. with a special Hawaiian church service at the historic Kapaa First Hawaiian Church, located at 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy. Festival organizers and church members welcome all to this meaningful celebration with special music, hula, and song in both English and the Hawaiian languages. Kapaa First Hawaiian Church was founded by Queen Deborah Kapule in 1879. Kauai Mokihana Festival volunteers and supporters provide the special music for this service that is open to all residents and visitors. After the service, all are invited to join in refreshments. See the full seven day list of events spanning the Mokihaha Festival at:

Upcoming Events on the Royal Coconut Coast

whatMake plans to attend one of these great events on the Royal Coconut Coast.

Every first Saturday of the month: Kapaa Art Walk,

March 22nd: Gabriela Martinez, Concert Pianist, Kauai Concert Association

April 17th: Earth Day at Lydgate Park

May 13th: Kauai Charity Walk

June 4th: Taste of Hawaii, Smith’s Tropical Paradise

August 5th and 6th: Heiva I Kauai, Tahitian Dance Contest, Kapaa Beach Park

September 22-24: Kauai Pow Wow, Kapaa Beach Park

October 7-9: Kauai Coconut Festival, Kapaa Beach Park

Monthly: Kauai Food Tour on the Royal Coconut Coast

Monthly: Slack Key Guitar Concerts All Saint’s Church, Kapaa

Find out about festivals and events around the entire island of Kauai at

Luau Makaiwa Opens on the Royal Coconut Coast


There’s a new luau on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast at the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach. Featuring both Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment,  Luau Makaiwa is performed by award winning Kumu Hula and recording artist Leilani Rivera Low every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 5:30pm. The luau location is ocean front and considered royal surfing grounds during the time that Kauai was under its own monarchy.  This luau starts off with an interactive experience with cultural specialists, includes a cocktail reception, torch lighting ceremony, and a culinary feast of Hawaiian and local foods, followed by performances by Halau Hula O Leilani. The show includes Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori, Tongan and Samoan performances. For reservations and more information contact 808.821.9698.

Kauai Food Tour – April 21 – On the Royal Coconut Coast

Legendary chef, Jean Marie Josselin makes something amazing for guests on this tour

Legendary chef, Jean Marie Josselin makes something amazing for guests on this tour

Hop in your car and follow a guide on a tasting adventure through Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast region. Take a short stroll down an old plantation road and learn about taro farming; sample Hawaiian street food and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side’s best farm-to-table restaurants. This food tour is centered around the beauty and creativity of the Royal Coconut Coast and spotlights a founding chef of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Join us at a family-owned farm and sample some of Hawaii’s traditional foods while learning about plantation history and culture of the Kealia area. Upcoming tours are slated for April 21 and May 19. For more information, go to: or call 888-331-4660 or email


Hukilau Lanai Restaurant is dedicating the month of March to help raise funds for the Hawaii Ag Foundation’s “Veggie U” educational programs. Committing $1.00 for every order of its unique entr