December 2018 Events for Kids and Family on Kauai

Hanapepe Friday Night Art Night

Every Friday, the Historic Hanapepe Town turns into one of the most vibrant places to be on Kauai.  Artists showcase their work throughout the galleries and entertainment can be found throughout the historic main street. A popular food truck post on a Friday night, you can find the best Food Trucks staking there spot here.  With restaurants and food trucks lining the streets there are lots of food choices to satisfy anyone’s palette. It is definitely a great place to come if you are looking for a bite to eat. Furthermore, there are many pop up shops, galleries and stores that is a great way to find local made gifts for the family back home.  The Art Night has been growing significantly over the years and is a must do when visiting Kauai. A one stop shop for food, fun and gift finding. It’s fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town (Main Street)

When: Fridays from 6:00-9:00 pm

This is a FREE event.

Kukui Grove 25th Annual Christmas Parade

Where: Kukui Grove Center

When: November 24 from 4:00-6:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

Waimea Tree Lighting

Where: C.B Hofgaard Park right in the center of Waimea Town

When: December 1 at 6:00 PM

Mayor Bernard Carvalho will light the Community Christmas Tree in the park.  Keiki activities will be provided. This is a FREE event.

Kukui Grove’s “Holiday Light Specatacular”

Where: Kukui Grove

When: Starts December 1 and runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

The Kauai Coffee Holiday Open House

Where: Kauai Coffee Visitors Center

When: December 8 from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Fun for the whole family, this event will have bounce houses, entertainment, farm tours and Santa for the keiki.  This is a FREE event.

Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony

Where: KCC Performing Arts Center

When: December 14 at 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade

Where: Waimea Town; Entertainment at Hofgaard Park

When: December 15 from 6:15 until pau

Fun for the whole family, this event will have community organizations, families and schools lighting up Waimea town with their unique custom made floats.  To kickoff the festivities

Fire engines take the lead of this Lighted parade.  There will be live entertainment at Hofgaard Park and many will be out celebrating their Christmas cheer on the main street of Waimea Town.  It is one of the biggest events on the Westside that you surely can’t miss! This is a FREE event.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Where: Poipu Beach Park

When: December 31 from 5:00-9:00 PM

Fun for the whole family, this event will have food trucks, live entertainment, movie in the park and activities for the keiki.  Rounding out the celebration will be a spectacular fireworks display. This is a FREE event.






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October Events for Kids and Family on Kauai

Hanapepe Friday Night Art Night

Every Friday, the Historic Hanapepe Town turns into one of the most vibrant places to be on Kauai.  Artists showcase their work throughout the galleries and entertainment can be found throughout the historic main street. A popular food truck post on a Friday night, you can find the best Food Trucks staking there spot here.  With restaurants and food trucks lining the streets there are lots of food choices to satisfy anyone’s palette. It is definitely a great place to come if you are looking for a bite to ear. Furthermore, there are many pop up shops, galleries and stores that is a great way to find local made gifts for the family back home.  The Art Night has been growing significantly over the years and is a must do when visiting Kauai. A one stop shop for food, fun and shopping. It’s fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town (Main Street)

When: Fridays from 6:00-9:00 pm from October 5-27

Kukui Grove Center Haunted House and Freaky Fridays

Where: Kukui Grove Center

When: Fridays from 5:00-9:00 pm from October 5-27

On October 27, Kukui Grove also has its Halloween Festival where keiki can trick or treat around the center, enter a costume contest and win prizes.

Emalani Festival Kauai: Eo e Emalani i Alakai

Celebrate Emalani and step back in time to 1871 through song and pageantry in the uplands of Kokee.  There will be food, exhibits, entertainment and a silent auction. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

Where: Kokee State Park (Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow)

When: October 13 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Queen Emma rides on horseback and enters meadow at 11:00 am

Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town

When: October 19 and October 20 from 5:00-9:00 pm

Movie Night at the Gardens

COCO will be playing.  Movie starts shortly after sunset.

Where: South Side Visitors Center

When: October 20 at 5:00 pm

5th Annual Kauai Harvest Ag Festival

Ono food supporting local non-profits, live music and entertainment, FREE rides, FREE games, FREE waterslides, FREE pumpkins and more.  

Where: Waimea Canyon Park, Waimea

When: October 21 from 11:00 am-5:00pm

Nightmare in Waimea Haunted Village

An annual tradition on the Westside, a Nightmare in Waimea provides a maze of scary ghouls and Halloween decor that is fun for the whole family.  Suited for the younger keiki, the non-scary maze allows the younger children to experience a haunted house without the spooks and scares that the scary maze offers later in the night. There are also movies on the lawn after sunset on October 26 and October 27.

Where: Waimea Canyon Park, Waimea

When: October 25-27

Non-Scary Maze from 5:30-7:30 pm

Scary Maze from 7:30-11:00 pm

 

Ohana Movie Night: Disney Pixar’s “COCO”

Where: The Shops at Kuku’iula

When: October 26 at 6:30 pm

 

National Make A Difference Day at Lydgate Park

This is a family workday suited to all ages.  Help contribute and make a difference to one of Kauai’s favorite parks.  Bring water bottle, work gloves, sun protection and shoes.

Where: Lydgate Park

When: October 27 at 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

Fast and Furriest Festival 2018

FREE Family Fun Event with Food Trucks, Vendors, Pet Products, Games, Contests and Face Painting

Where: Kauai Humane Society’s Freddies Dog Park

When: October 27 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

 

St. Theresa School Annual Trunk or Treat

Wear your best costume! There will be Games, contests, food and prizes during an annual event where keiki can go around and trick or treat out of themed decorated vehicle trunks. The themed areas are decorated by students and family of St. Theresa School and is an annual family event that always kickstarts the Halloween spirit!  A movie will be shown on the lawn following the Trunk-or Treat and a concession of food, drinks and popcorn will be available to purchase. Also happening on the school grounds is the annual Book Fair in the school library.

Where: St. Theresa Catholic School and Parish Grounds

When: October 27 from 6:00-7:45 pm

Kauai Christian Academy 18th Annual Fall Festival

At the ending of October anyone who lives on the North Shore of Kauai happens to know about the KCA Fall Festival.  An annual event that is lots of fun for all keiki and keiki at heart,this fall themed carnival event offers bounce houses, pony rides, pumpkin patches, games,ono food and entertainment.  

Where: Kauai Christian Academy campus near the Kilauea Lighthouse.

When: Friday and Saturday October 26 and October 27 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.kcaschool.org

 

Glow Show and Trunk or Treat

Where: King’s Chapel Eleele

When: October 28 at 6:30 pm

Wilcox Health Halloween Babies Parade

Where: Wilcox Medical Center

When: October 31 from 12:00-1:00 pm

 

Ghoulish Golf Halloween

Dress in costume and enjoy a free round of mini golf.

Where: Anaina Hou Community Park

When: October 31 during hours of operation 9:00 am-6:00 pm



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Warehouse 3540

When you are driving on Koloa Road coming from or heading to Koloa, have you ever wondered why all those cars are parked on the side of the road for? From passing, it looks like there are some food trucks and some people eating shave ice. But why are there are a lot of people walking in and out of the warehouse? What exactly is going on there? The answer is Warehouse 3540. A hidden gem on the Southside of Kauai, Warehouse 3540 is a creative community marketplace where there are great gifts and products made by locals on the island. It is a great stop for shopping and a great place to get those one of a kind gifts from local vendors. At Warehouse 3540 get a special gift for yourself or for the special people back home. Warehouse 3540 is a must see on the Southside of Kauai.


Don’t Judge the Book by it’s Cover: A Creative Space Indeed

It was a surprise going into the warehouse as I never knew that the Warehouse was transformed. Yeah I heard stories about how cool and hip this place was, but I didn’t realize how cool it was until actually going in.  As a local, my first thought was that it was an abandon space and people were going to be selling stuff, like a garage sale or something.  Not only was I caught by surprise with the numerous pop up shops and variety, I was astounded by the mix of artists, designers and up and coming entrepreneurs here on the island. One of the things that surprised me the most was the functionality of space of the warehouse and what they had done to this building that was once falling a part.  The layout of the warehouse made total sense and the marketplace theme fits perfectly into our LOCAL culture. The open floor plan of the warehouse allows for vendors to sell their local products in a casual atmosphere. Shopping here was quite peaceful and the vendors were very friendly and willing to talk story. There was a lot of space to walk around and there was a lot of items to see. It was definitely a “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” experience.


Location and Parking

Located on 3540 Koloa Road, near the intersection of Koloa Road and Iwipoo Road.  For Safe Parking for the keiki, it is recommended that you find parking in the back or directly in front of the warehouse.


Friendly and Passionate Local Vendors

I found that the vendors were very passionate about their products and were willing to share their stories of how they came up with the products they are selling and there inspirations.   There was no pressure to buy products and the vendors looked very happy to be there, engaging everyone with a smile and even posing for pictures when asked. Warehouse 3540 is definitely L.O.C.A.L (Loving Our Community And Lifestyle) and a recommendation for all visiting Kauai.






What You will Find at Warehouse 3540

Reva Canali Baby: Handmade Baby Products

Live Hawaii Gallery: Oceanic Fine Arts and Prints

Aphrodite’s Treasures: All kinds of goodies and souvenirs

West Kauai Farms

Janath Collections Kauai: Vintage Kimono Handbags, etc.

Kahanananea: Soaps and Local handmade products

Workshop: Artist studio and Storefront featuring Machine Machine, Naisish Handmade and Goofy Foot Press

IVY & CO.: Mixes Retro Hawaiana with Hip Accents

Navy Dylan: Slinging Art, Home Decor and Unique Gifts with a Purpose

Lily Koi: Exclusively Designed Pearls and Jewelry

Robin McCoy’s Fine Arts

Ocean Paper: Beautiful artwork that represent our island and lifestyle

Dark Roost Coffee: Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, Espresso, Chai, Tea

Tommy’s Sharpening Service: Tom Renaltner has Knives and will sharpen cleavers, serrated knives, food processor blades, etc.










Looking for Something to Eat?

Not only is Warehouse 3540 a great stop for shopping, it is a one stop shop where you can get something to eat.  While there, you can get some food from Kickshaw’s and Kauai Poke Co.  Kickshaw’s is a family favorite which we feel everything on the menu is worth a try (The Awesome Burger is 100% Awesome). Even if just wanting to stop by for some food, these two food trucks are worth the stop at Warehouse 3540.  Not that hungry…cool off with some shave ice.





Warehouse 3540 Hours

Mondays 10:00-3:00

Tuesdays 10:00-3:00 (Storytime for Keiki 9:15am)

Wednesdays 10:00-3:00

Thursdays 10:00-3:00

Fridays 10:00-3:00 (Friday Farmers Market 10:00-2:00)

Saturdays 11:00-3:00

Sundays Closed



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Hula Shows for Free

Hula is a Way of Life

Hula is symbolic in Hawaii.  In the Pacific Islands, Hula is part of the culture that has been passed down from ancient times to the present. Hula is often depicted as a way of life in the islands. Furthermore, it is a tradition passed down from generation to generation and is an artform that is embedded into the Hawaiian and LOCAL culture.

Hula represents its people, the diversity of the Polynesian Pacific as well as tells a story of who the people are.  Furthermore, Through hula, stories are shared from the past that link its people to their ancestors playing a crucial role connecting its people to sustaining a vibrant culture.

Hula can express the feelings and emotions of a person, describe a place and its importance or can tell you of a story of an old event.  Hula is an art form that is respected by its people as a way of life.  Hula is a cultural practice that honors the past, invigorates the present and looks toward the future to preserving a way of the people through song and dance.

Free Hula Shows

On Kauai, there are many opportunities to see Hula being performed at Luau’s.  However, if you you are interested in seeing the Hula for free, four options should be on your to do list.

  1. Poipu Shopping Village; Every Monday and Thursday at 5:00 pm
  2. Coconut Marketplace; Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm
  3. Hyatt Regency: Saturdays at 6:00 pm
  4. NTBG: South Sides Visitors Center; Every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm

Free Hula Shows that are offered on Kauai provide you with an opportunity to see different cultural dances from the Polynesian Islands. In addition, Hula dancers exhibit their talent by showcasing their skills with dancing different types of dancing styles from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands.  These dances include Hawaiian dances (kahiko and auana) as well as Maori dances, Tahitian dances, Samoan dances and Tongan Dances.  

The dancers are adorned with the different cultural dress as well as use many different instruments.  Dancers also perform to live music, played by extraordinary musicians that provide and awe inspiring performance.  Entertainment is done from ages young to old, and the shows provide a quality representation of its cultural presence on Kauai.  

Actively participate in the dances when hula dancers ask for volunteers to come and join them.  Be prepared to learn how to dance hula and learn some of the basic movements required to dance one of the many popular songs of Hawaii.  It’s an opportunity for you to get a first hand experience of the Hawaiian culture.  Learning to dance is also a great conversation for you to share with family and friends.  Learning the Hula may help you to define Hawaii in your own words/hands to tell the world about its culture and its people.

Hula at Poipu Shopping Village

At Poʻipu Shopping Village, join Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina`ala on an exciting journey through over a thousand years of rich tradition.  A well-renowned Hawaii musician Keola Worthington, shall sing and share stories from humorous or of Hawaii old and new, accompanied with the award winning gracious Hula maidens. The Show is located at center stage and open to the public. Every Monday and Thursday at 5:00 pm

Hula at Coconut Market Place

If you’re looking for free, lively and fun Hawaiian entertainment for your whole family, visit Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa for an authentic Hula Show every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Hula at Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa

On Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm, the Hyatt Regency puts on a hula show for its guests and visitors in the main lounge seating area.  The picturesque backdrop of the Pacific Ocean during sunset provides an astounding view of watching the hula live.  Dancers mesmerize its visitors with their beautiful garments and flawless movements.  The live music accompanied by skillful dancers provide an atmosphere that allows all to experience the special beauty of Kauai.   A perfect way to end your day, take a step back and enjoy the Hawaiian culture .  Watch the hula, enjoy cocktails and have dinner.

Hula at NTBG: South Side Visitors Center

Every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm the National Tropical Botanical Garden invites you to experience a traditional hula show by Kauai’s award winning Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala.  The show highlights the wahi pane (sacred places) of Kauai with intriguing stories of our Hawaiian people, their connection to and dependence on plants both wild and cultivated.  Hula shows are free to attend and is a great opportunity to visit the gift shop and register for a tour at one of the nearby Allerton and McBryde Gardens.

  1. Poipu Shopping Village; Every Monday and Thursday at 5:00 pm
  2. Coconut Marketplace; Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm
  3. Hyatt Regency: Saturdays at 6:00 pm
  4. NTBG: South Sides Visitors Center; Every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm

For Hula Lessons or Luau Recommendations: Connect with Kauai With Keiki

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Isenberg Park, Lihue

Isenberg Park

Isenberg Park is located in Lihue. The park offers a play structure, facilities including a picnic area, restrooms and a lot of open space.

Open Space

Besides the play structure, the park has a baseball field, football field and basketball courts.

Play Structure

When running errands in the Lihue area, we take our boys to Isenberg Park. As a result, the boys get a chance to run around and get some energy out before going home.

Facilities: Restroom and Picnic Area

Although it is a public park, the facilities and park are very clean and well kept.

Make New Friends

Furthermore, Isenberg park is a great place for our kids to socialize with other children.  The park is usually busy with community activities. Practices for baseball, cheer, football and basketball occur year round.  Therefore it makes this park a great place for our kids to visit when in Lihue.

Location

Isenberg Park is located at 4598 Noi Road.  Turn on the road where you see the AT&T store and the road will take you to the park.



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