As with any schedule of upcoming events, the following information is subject to change; always confirm details and dates before you plan your schedule around an event. For an exhaustive list of events beyond those listed here, check www.kauaifesstivals.com or http://events.frommers.com, where you'll find a searchable, up-to-the-minute roster of what's happening in cities all over the world.
Annual Burns Supper, Waimea. This is a birthday celebration of Scotland's most acclaimed poet, Robert Burns, on the grounds of Waimea Plantation Cottages. The Burns Supper celebrates this special man with food, Burns's poetry, and music. A fabulous dinner under the palms follows the pipes and drums. Call tel. 808/652-0616 or 808/338-1625. First Saturday in February at the Waimea Plantation Cottages.
4th Annual All Angels Jazz Festival, Lihue. Stop by for some jazz at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 4363 Umi St., Lihue. Call tel. 808/245-3796. Early Feb.
Waimea Town Celebration, Waimea. This annual party on Kauai's west side celebrates the Hawaiian and multiethnic history of the town where Captain Cook first landed. This is the island's biggest 2-day event, drawing some 10,000 people. Top Hawaiian entertainers, sporting events, rodeo, and lots of food are on tap during the weekend celebration. Call tel. 808/338-1332. Weekend after Presidents' Day Weekend.
Captain Cook Fun Run, Waimea. The 2-, 5-, and 10K runs, with a starting time of 7am, go through the old plantation town of Waimea. Call tel. 808/338-1332. End of February.
Kilohana Long-Distance Canoe Race, Waimea. Traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Racing along the Waimea shoreline is the first event of the Kauai canoe-racing season. Starting times for the races Saturday morning are 8am for single-person canoes, 9am for women, and 10:30am for men. The finish is around noon. Call tel. 808/338-1332. End of February.
Note: Daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March on the mainland but not in Hawaii. Be sure to adjust the time. Starting at 2am, Hawaii is 3 hours behind Pacific Time and 6 hours behind the East Coast (when it's 6pm in New York it's only noon in Hawaii).
Prince Kuhio Celebration of the Arts, Lawai. Celebrate the birth of Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, who was born on March 26, 1871, and elected to Congress in 1902. Kauai, his birthplace, starts the celebration at the memorial at Prince Kuhio Park in Lawai, and continues it with daylong festivities. Call tel. 808/240-6369 or 808/651-6966 for details. March 26.
5th Annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival, Hanapepe. Come and see the exotic displays of tropical orchids at the Garden Island Orchid Society's Spring Fantasy Orchid Show and view Kauai's top artists' work. Popular contemporary Hawaiian music will be offered along with workshops on various art activities. Downtown Hanapepe. Call tel. 808/335-5944. Late March.
Garden Isle Artisan Faire, Poipu. Come browse through the array of handicrafts, products, and art by Kauai's artists at Poipu Beach. There's Hawaiian music all day, and plenty of food to buy. Call tel. 808/245-9021. Mid-March.
Kauai Museum Lei Day Celebrations, Lihue. May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, celebrated with lei-making contests, pageantry, arts, and crafts. Call tel. 808/245-6931 or www.kauaimuseum.org for Kauai events. Celebration is held on the first Saturday after May 1.
Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Lihue. Hawaii's largest single-day fundraiser, which takes place across the state, consists of a 3.25-mile fun walk (with some ambitious runners at the front of the pack). Beginning at the Kukui Grove Pavilion, the walk raises money for local charities. Call tel. 808/246-5149 or visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org. Usually the third Saturday in May.
Outrigger Canoe Season, several locations. From May to September, nearly every weekend, canoe paddlers across the state participate in outrigger canoe races. Call tel. 808/383-7798, or go to www.y2kanu.com for this year's schedule of events.
Banana Poka Roundup, Kokee State Park. This forest education fair features music, workshops, crafts, children's activities, and exhibits on ridding Kauai's native forests of this invasive weed. Kokee State Park, mile marker 15, Kokee Rd., Kehaha. Call tel. 808/335-9975; www.kokee.org. May or June.
Annual Taste of Hawaii, Kapaa. The Rotary Club of Kapaa holds its "Ultimate Sunday Brunch" at Smith's Tropical Paradise, 45971 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, where some 60 different chefs will show their culinary skills. Live music all day. Call tel. 808/783-1407 or www.tasteofhawaii.com. Generally, it's the first Sunday in June.
Obon Days & Festival, Koloa. This cultural festival honors the dead. Koloa Jodo Mission, 3480 Waikomo Rd., Koloa. Call tel. 808/742-6735. Early to mid June.
King Kamehameha Celebration Ho'olaule' and Parade, Vidinha Stadium to the County Building. Daylong festivities in Lihue feature entertainment, arts and crafts, and food. Call tel. 808/821-6895; www.kauaifestivals.com. Mid-June.
Kauai Concert Association's 5th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival, Lihue. This daylong music extravaganza features local, state, and nationally known jazz artists, plus food and beverages at the Performing Arts Center of Kauai Community College, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue. Call tel. 808/822-3148; www.redclayjazz.org. Late June.
Annual Hula Exhibition, Lihue. Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani presents an evening of chants, music, and hula at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Call tel. 808/335-6466 for information. The date varies.
22nd Annual Concert in the Sky. Fourth of July fundraiser for Kauai Hospice at the Vidinha Stadium, Lihue. Concert and fireworks. For more information, call tel. 808/634-5890; www.kauaifestivals.com. July 4.
Koloa Plantation Days. Koloa and Poipu. This is a weeklong tribute to Kauai's plantation heritage, with events like the Sunset Ho'olaule'a, Paniolo Rodeo, Traditional Hawaiian Games, Hapa Road Walk, Paddle Fest, Miniature Golf Tournament, Craft Fair, ethnic cooking demonstrations, and a parade and festival in Koloa with entertainment, food, and crafts. Various locations around Koloa and Poipu. Call tel. 808/652-3217; www.koloaplantationdays.com. Late-July.
Obon Dance and Festival, Waimea, Kapaa, Hanapepe, and Lihue. This traditional Japanese cultural festival honors the dead. West Kauai Hongwanji, 4675 Menehune Rd., Waimea, tel. 808/338-1537; Kapaa Jodo Mission, 4524 Hauaala Rd., Kapaa, tel. 808/822-4319; Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission, 9554-C Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea, tel. 808/338-1847; West Kaukai Hongwanji, 1-3860 Kaumualii Hwy., Hanapepe, tel. 808/335-3195; Lihue Hongwanji, Lihue, tel. 808/245-6262. July through August.
Kauai Music Festival, Lihue. A 4-day celebration of the art of songwriting. Kauai Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Dr., Lihue. tel. 808/634-6237; www.kauaimusicfestival.com. Mid-July or early August.
10th Annual Kauai Polynesian Festival: Heiva I Kauai Ia Orana Tahiti, Kapaa. This 2-day event features the dances of Tahiti, New Zealand, and Samoa in a competition, as well as exhibitions and educational cultural workshops, plus local foods, arts, and crafts. Kapaa Beach Park. Call tel. 808/822-9447. Early August.
Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair, Lihue. This family-oriented fair, held at the Vidinha Stadium in Lihue, features a petting zoo, a livestock show, floral demonstrations and exhibits, food booths, and arts and crafts, along with amusement park rides. Call tel. 808/337-9944 or visit www.kauaifarmfair.com. Late August.
Kekaha Town Labor Day Weekend Celebration. Kekaha. Family activities with crafts, food booths, cultural displays, entertainment, and music. Faye Ballpark, Kekaha. Call tel. 808/346-2342. Labor Day Weekend.
All Girl's Koloa Rodeo, Poipu. The only all-female rodeo in the state features women competing in roping, barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying. CJM Country Stables, a mile past the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Poipu Road. Call tel. 808/742-6096. End of August or September.
Aloha Festivals, several locations. Parades and other events celebrate Hawaiian culture and friendliness throughout the island. Call tel. 808/240-6369, or visit www.alohafestivals.com for a schedule of events.
Kauai Mokihana Festival, several locations. This weeklong festival includes local and ethnic demonstrations, concerts, and competitions, among them a Kauai composers' contest, a hula competition, and a workshop on Kauai's heritage. Call tel. 808/822-2166. Mid- to late September.
Annual Coconut Festival, Kapaa Beach Park. Where would Hawaii be without coconuts? This annual event highlights the cultural, social, and historical importance of the coconut with unusual coconut foods, coconut crafts, games with coconuts, and contests. Call tel. 808/651-3273. Early October.
Eo e Emalani Festival, Kokee State Park. This festival honors Her Majesty Queen Emma, an inveterate gardener and Hawaii's first environmental queen, who made a forest trek to Kokee with 100 friends in 1871. Call tel. 808/335-9975. Early October.
Hawaiiana Festival, Poipu. This 3-day event is centered on teaching the customs, crafts, and culture of Hawaii. Held at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, it includes entertainment and a luau. For information call tel. 808/240-6370; www.nalimnahana.wetpaint.com. Late October.
Note: Daylight saving time ends on the Mainland, but not in Hawaii (which does not go on daylight saving time). Be sure to adjust the time, on the first Sunday in November. Hawaii will be 2 hours behind Pacific time and 5 hours behind the East Coast (5pm in New York is noon in Hawaii).
Annual Royal Paina, Lihue. The Kauai Historical Society presents its annual celebration of Hawaii's multiethnic heritage, with local entertainment and a great meal at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Call tel. 808/245-3373 or www.kauaihistoricalsociety.org. Early November, but date changes from year to year.
Garden Island Range & Food Festival, Lehui. Featuring locally produced agricultural products, the farmers that raise them, and the chef's that cook with them. Kilohana Luau. Call tel. 808/338-0111 or www.kauaifoodfestival.com. Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Festival, Lihue. The best of Hawaii's folk music is performed by the best musicians in Hawaii. The show, held at the Kauai Beach Resort, is 6 hours long and only $10. For more information call tel. 808/226-2697 or visit www.slackkeyfestival.com. Mid-November.
Annual Lights on Rice Parade, Lihue. The lighting of the Christmas decorations on the grounds of Kauai's historic county building in Lihue is accompanied by local entertainment, Christmas caroling, and a parade down Rice Street, ending at the county building. Call tel. 808/639-8564. First Friday in December.
Holiday Hula Celebration, Lihue. A Hawaiian Christmas performance by Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani includes chants, hula, and Christmas melodies at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Call tel. 808/335-6466. First Sunday in December.
Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade, Waimea. Old-fashioned Christmas parade through the tiny town of Waimea. Refreshments and entertainment. Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea. Call tel. 808/241-6500. Usually a week before Christmas.
New Year's Eve Fireworks, Poipu. Come out for the annual aerial fireworks display at Poipu Beach Park. For more information call tel. 808/742-7444; www.poipubeach.org. December 31.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.