Koloa Plantation Days (July)
Location: Koloa and Poipu
This week-long event is a collaboration between cultural organizations, foundations, local businesses and grand resorts. Commemorating Kauai’s first sugar plantation and the diverse background of those who migrated to work it, this elaborate festival hosts a spectrum of events and activities throughout the week. Visit Koloaplantationdays.com for an updated schedule.
Sand Castle Contest (August)
Location: Hanalei Bay, usually south end by Pavillions.
This family-fun event is a congregation of playful sand castle amateurs and impressive sand art professionals! No one is turned away and everyone is welcome to participate in this day-long competition. Spectators, swimmers and beach-combers also contribute to the community vibe. Stroll the strip to see some of the most impressive sand castles on the Pacific!
Waipa Music & Mango festival (August)
Location: Halulu Fish Pond (just north of Hanalei town)
Admission: $10 adults, $1 keiki.
Celebrating the summer’s mango harvest and all the sweetness that comes along with it, this lively event features live music, local crafts and everything mango you can imagine! Right on Hanalei Bay, this is a fleeting, day-long festival you don’t want to miss! Visit Waipafoundation.org for updated information.
Tahitian Dance Competition & Festival (August)
Location: Kapaa Beach Park
Admission: $7 adults, keiki 12 and under free.
This impressive competition brings Tahitian dancers and drummers from all over the Pacific. Saturday and Sunday are packed with performances, ceremonies, cultural displays, and over 40 local food and art vendors.