The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and elements. But, it is the island’s laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns that make it timeless.
Kaua`i’s one-of-a-kind culture is celebrated in several festivals throughout the year — and visitors are encouraged to participate. Whether a group is looking to try new food, listen to authentic music or learn cultural dances, there’s a festival to make it happen. Plan a group escape to Kaua`i and discover the undeniable allure of the island’s festivals.
Waimea Town Celebration
Raising money for West Kaua`i Business & Professional Association projects, Waimea Town Celebration commends history and a tight-knit community with nine days of cultural and recreational events. The event’s 42nd anniversary will be held Feb. 16–24, 2019. It is the largest and oldest festival on the west side of the island.
May Day Lei Day
May Day Lei Day got its start in 1928 as a way of keeping alive the centuries-old practice of presenting people with floral wreaths to say “aloha.” At Kaua`i Museum, this annual event on May 1st showcases Kaua`i and Ni`ihau lei makers. The contest was started by master lei maker Irmalee Pomroy. Today, her ohana continues her legacy.
Koloa Plantation Days
Held on Kaua`i’s south shore every year in July, Koloa Plantation Days celebrates the ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations and the Hawaiians who welcomed them. The festival is comprised of a slate of events that showcase history and diverse cultural traditions. This year, the event is July 20–28, 2018.
Annual Coconut Festival
Want to immerse in all things coconut? The Annual Coconut Festival provides entertainment, cultural displays, shopping, history, games, cooking demonstrations and food. The event is designed to promote, preserve and enhance the Royal Coconut Coast, and it’s always the first weekend in October.
Kaua`i Visitors Bureau