Koloa Plantation Days Festival and Sunset Hoolaulea, July 21
The annual Koloa Plantation Days Festival and Sunset Hoolaulea commemorates the multiple cultures and peoples that arrived in Hawaii as laborers during its sugar and pineapple plantation era, and introduced their traditions, music, dance and cuisine to the rich melting pot of cultures that make up the Islands today. The area’s resorts and businesses welcome visitors and residents to enjoy the festival’s guided walks and talk story sessions, outdoor sports and variety of themed keiki (children’s) activities, as well as live entertainment. For more information, call (808) 742-7444, or visitwww.koloaplantationdays.com.
11th Annual Moonlight and Music Fundraiser, July 21
Join the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) for its annual Moonlight and Music fundraiser at the McBryde Garden, July 21, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 and include dinner and dancing under the stars in the lush tropical botanical garden. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit NTBG’s critical plant conservation, research and educational efforts. For more information, call (808) 332-7324 ext. 212, or email email@example.com.
2018 Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade, July 28
Head to the annual Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade, July 28, from 10 to 11 a.m., and catch horseback-riding and walking units, floral floats, vintage cars and decorated vehicles make their way through Koloa town from Koloa School to Anne Knudsen Ball Park. For more information, contact Cheryl Shintani at (808) 645-6442.
Heiva I Kauai 2018, August 4, 5
Heiva I Kauai is a colorful two-day Tahitian cultural festival, presented annually on the first weekend of August, featuring competitions for children and adults – ages 4 to 50-plus – in solo Tahitian dancing, and group competition in traditional and contemporary Tahitian dancing and drumming. Other popular events include the festival’s Tahitian dance audience-participation segment and coconut-husking contests. The 17th annual Heiva I Kauai happens August 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kapaa Beach Park. Entry is $7 per person, per day, with children ages 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate on event days. For more information, visit www.heivaikauai.com.
Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair, August 16, 17, 18, 19
The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair is four days of food, fun and farming, happening from August 16 through August 19, featuring floral and cooking demonstrations, a hula exhibition, a petting zoo, carnival rides, delicious food and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and over, and $2 for keiki ages 4-12. For more information, visit https://kauaifarmfair.org.
10th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon, September 2
The 10th annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon sends participants on a USA Track and Field-certified course taking them past hula dancers and taiko drum troupes as it traces the scenic landscape of the island’s south shore. Along the way, participants take in magnificent views of the area’s picturesque beaches and tropical rainforests. Runners completing the course do so at one of the most beautiful oceanfront finish lines in road racing. The marathon will also host a Keiki Run on September 1 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa with age-specific grass courses for children ages 2 to 12. Every Kauai Marathon, Half-Marathon and Keiki Run finisher will receive a commemorative medal and T-shirt. For more information, visit www.thekauaimarathon.comor email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th Annual Kauai Writers Conference, November 9 – 11
Join some of our nation’s most influential writers, literary agents and publishers on Kauai for the 4th annual Kauai Writers Conference, happening from November 9 through 11 at the Kauai Marriott Resort. The three-day conference will feature renowned authors, including Pulitzer Prize winning author Jane Smiley and Hawaii-born Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of the novel The Descendants, which turned into an Oscar-winning film. Attendees will also participate in small group discussions, workshops, group and individual consultations, and the opportunity for one-on-one pitch sessions and manuscript critiques with top literary agents. In addition to the conference, attendees have the opportunity to take part in pre-conference master classes from November 5 through 9. The master classes focus on fiction, memoir, screenwriting, poetry and more. For more information, visit www.kauaiwritersconference.com.
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