A trip to Kauai at any time of the year is special, but aligning your travel with one of the island’s festivals or special events can make your trip extra memorable. Gain a greater appreciation for local culture by attending an event celebrating Hawaiian history and heritage, enjoy art nights and farmer’s markets, or gear up to PR at your next big race. Be sure to mark these Kauai events on your calendar if you have a flexible travel schedule!
What better way to motivate yourself to get out and stay active than to train for a destination race? Fulfill your fitness goals by logging in training miles as you dream of accomplishing your goals in paradise at one of the top Kauai events. The Kauai Marathon is held in the south shore town of Poipu, home to some of the island’s best beaches. The route curves along rugged coastline and through a green canopy known as the Tunnel of Trees, offering plenty of stunning views to keep you inspired throughout the miles. This event is held each year on the first Sunday in September and consists of both a full and half marathon. On the Saturday before the main events, there is also a 3 mile fun run and 100-yard, quarter mile, and half mile distances for keiki (children ages 2-12). Get everyone involved in this family-friendly event! Choose your distance and register at www.thekauaimarathon.com. Lace up your shoes – this beautiful island course is waiting!
Queen Emma Festival
Step back in time as Queen Emma rides into the meadow in Koke’e State Park on horseback, wearing traditional period clothing. Queen Emma was wife of King Kamehameha IV, who reigned as King of Hawaii from 1855-1863. Much more than a production put on for tourists, the Queen Emalani Festival is a cherished local event that celebrates Hawaii’s history and culture through song, hula, pageantry, food, and special exhibits. Join locals and travelers alike to celebrate the rich history of Kauai and Hawaii. Its location in the mountains of Koke’e provides the perfect chance to explore this area, accessed from Kauai’s west coast. Koke’e State Park and adjacent Waimea State Park are filled with hiking trails and lookout points that provide stunning views into Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) and the Na Pali Coast. The Emalani Festival, one of the top Kauai festivals, is held each year in October.
Kauai Events: Art Nights
Held throughout the year in various towns around the island, art nights are a great way to enjoy local food, live music, and high quality, handmade wares created by local artists. The Art Nights around the island are frequented by locals and visitors alike, making them a lively social scene. Art Night in the west side town of Hanapepe is held every Friday from 5:00-9:00pm, when this small town lined with art galleries comes alive. On the east coast, the main hub town of Kapa’a holds a lively art night on the first Saturday of every month from 5:00-9:00pm. Kauai’s north shore town of Kilauea holds an art night on the last Saturday of every month from 4:00-8:00pm.