In between visiting the stunning sights of Kaua‘i you’ll want to check out some of the amazing events scheduled on the island this fall. Kaua‘i has no shortage of incredible musical, artistic, culinary, and sporting talent, and there’s sure to be an event you’ll love.
8th Annual Westin Princeville Jazz and Wine Festival
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Come spend an evening of jazz, food and wine under the stars at one of Kaua‘i’s most popular annual events, the Westin Princeville Jazz and Wine Festival. Set in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locales in the world, guests will have the opportunity to pair numerous culinary dishes with over 30 fine wines from top vineyards. This year’s entertainment lineup features taiko drumming by Joyful Noise, an ‘ukulele performance by Benny Chong, and a headline concert by Adagio.
Battle of the Islands 2017
Friday and Saturday, September 22nd and 23rd, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Women’s flat-track roller derby is alive and well in Hawai‘i, and this year’s state championship event at the Southside Sports Complex in Kōloa is bound to be one of the most exciting, knock-down drag-out full-contact sporting battles of the year. Come on out for non-stop action as six inter-island roller derby teams crush it out for the state championship title.
Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival
September 24th and 30th, 2017
If you are lucky enough to be on Kaua‘i in late September, this week long celebration of Hawaiian culture and tradition is a must-experience event. Featuring Hawaiian church services, a musical composers contest, cultural presentations, a lei contest, and a multi-day hula competition, you can immerse yourself in anything and everything Hawaiian. Events are held at different venues around the island (locations are available on the website listed above), and all-event passes are available.
26th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
Sunday November 19th, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kick back at the Kaua‘i Marriot Resort and Beach Club and enjoy a day of music by Hawai‘i’s top slack key guitar players. Inspired by the timeless music of slack-key legend Gabby Pahinui, this annual festival is an island favorite and a wonderful way to spend a day in paradise.
20th Annual Festival of Lights
December 1st through December 24th, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit at the annual Festival of Lights, a magical Christmas wonderland at the historic Kaua‘i County Building. The Festival of Lights tradition was created over 50 years ago by “Auntie Josie,” who would turn trash into treasure and decorate her Kapa’a home inside and out for the entire community to enjoy during Christmastime. Upon her death in 2009, her tremendous collection of handmade holiday decorations was donated to Kaua‘i County. Auntie Josie’s beautiful and generous tradition is continued at the County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e. Be sure to bring the kids to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus!