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 12:30pm; Farmer’s market 10:00am-2:00pm

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

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50 Fun Facts about the Garden Island of Kauai

Did you know?

  1. Kauai is also known as “The Garden Island”

  2. Kauai’s weather ranges from 75-85 with not much change in season or from day to night

  3. Ocean temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees

  4. Kauai’s coastline is 111 miles; it has more accessible beaches than any of the other Hawaiian islands.

  5. Kauai’s West Side Kekaha beach spans to Polihale and is the longest stretch of beach in the State of Hawaii

  6. The islands that you can see from the westside of  Kauai is Niihau, Lehua and Ka’ula

  7. Over 90% of the land on Kauai is used for Conservation and Agriculture

  8. 70% of the island is inaccessible by foot

  9. Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain

  10. Kauai is the 4th largest island

  11. Kauai is the northernmost island in the Hawaiian Island Chain

  12. Kauai is 552 square miles; with a diameter of 32 miles and a widepoint of only 25 miles

  13. Kauai’s Mt. Waialeale is the Wettest spot on Earth, averaging 450 inches of rain per year

  14. Kauai has more rivers than any of the other Hawaiian islands:

  15. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in the state and the longest river is Wailua river at 19.2 miles

  16. There are eight major waterfalls on the island

  17. The highest waterfall on Kauai is Waipoo in Waimea Canyon falling 800 feet

  18. Kauai’s highest mountain is Kawaikini peak at 5,243 feet

  19. The Na Pali Cliffs reach heights of 2,500 feet

  20. Waimea Canyon is approximately one mile wide, 3,600 feet deep and ten miles in length.

  21. There are over 5,000 plants and animals that live on the reefs of Kauai

  22. Kauai has the largest protected population of nene goose (Hawaii’s state bird)

  23. The two native mammals on Kauai and endemic to the Hawaiian islands is the hawaiian hoary bat and the hawaiian monk seal.

  24. Chickens run wild on Kauai after Hurricane Iniki destroyed many of the farmers Chicken coops and got loose.  The chicken is the unofficial bird of Kauai as you see them all over the island.

  25. Kauai has no native land reptiles or amphibians and one of the only islands that do not have mongoose.

  26. There are more pigs than people

  27. Most populated  town on Kauai is Kapaa

  28. Kauai has over 1 million visitors a year; ⅓ of the people on Kauai are tourists or visitors

  29. Captain James Cook was the first modern visitor that landed on Kauai’s Waimea beach on January 19, 1778

  30. Kauai is the home of the legendary Menehune.  Two places to visit on the island to see the menehunes work is the Menehune ditch next to the Waimea Swinging Bridge in Waimea Valley as well as the Menehune Fish Pond located near Nawiliwili.

  31. Kauai Coffee is the largest plantation in the United States

  32. Kauai grows more taro than any other island

  33. Products of Kauai include: Coffee, fruit, vegetables, taro, beef and hawaiian salt

  34. There are no buildings higher than a coconut palm tree.  Kauai’s building code has a four story limit on vertical construction.

  35. There have been over 60 movies filmed on the island with popular movies: Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, 6 days 7 nights, Fantasy Island and Indiana Jones to name a few.

  36. There are nine golf courses at seven locations on Kauai.  Four public courses, four resort courses and one private course.

  37. You cannot drive around the island; Na Pali Cliffs and Waimea Canyon make it nearly impossible to build a road to connect West and North shores

  38. Polihale is the furthest west that you can drive on the island; the end of Highway 50 is before the sugar cane dirt road to Polihale

  39. Maluhia Road Tree Tunnel that goes to Koloa and Poipu has 500 eucalyptus trees that stretch for three miles

  40. Most Locals will say Kaumualii Highway instead of Highway 50; Also when getting directions most will use landmarks (i.e To get to baby beach in Kapaa, when you see the Shrimp Station, turn right by the Texaco.  Go straight until you see the one way road).

  41. Moku and Ahupuaa signs are placed around Kauai noting cultural land divisions that were used as part of the history and culture of Kauai and Niihau.  Check out the link for more information:  www.kauainuikuapapa.com

  42. Kauai’s watershed is an important resource to the daily lives of the people and is the main reason for Kauai’s natural beauty.  http://hawp.org/why-watersheds-matter/

  43. The capital city of Kauai is Lihue.  The main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH).

  44. The currency used is US dollars, credit cards are widely accepted and travelers checks are also accepted at many businesses.

  45. The main language used is English.  A hawaiian creole english  “pidgin english” is used by most locals.  http://e-hawaii.com/?s=pidgin+english

  46. The color of Kauai is purple

  47. Kauai’s official flower is the Mokihana which is a green berry found in the forests

  48. The area code of Kauai and all the Hawaiian islands is (808)

  49. There is no daylight savings time in Hawaii

  50. Two hurricanes have made landfall on Kauai.  Hurricane Iwa in 1982 (Category 1) and Hurricane Iniki in 1992 (Category 4)

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Wailua Falls

Scenic Drive to Reach Your Destination

The Wailua Falls is located near Lihue, nestled 4 miles in. Turn on to Maalo Road off Highway 580.  Continue driving until you find your destination.  The road to the waterfall is a very scenic drive of Kauai’s countryside.  You will pass a couple of cemeteries.  You will also pass Grove Farm land, nurseries, and family ranches.  When you see the Reis Family Ranch gate and pass through a little tunnel, you know that you are getting very close.  

The 85 foot waterfall can be seen at a lookout with a short drive through some of the backcountry of Kauai.  It is important to know that the waterfall is at a dead end of the road.  There are no outlets.  This means that traffic and parking can be a concern with the limited space.  Be prepared to wait a while for an open parking space. Also, expect a crowd.  

Iconic Double-tiered Waterfall

The waterfall itself is worth the 4 mile drive in.  It is the best and closest view of a waterfall that you can get without going on a hike, kayak ride, or spending extra money to go on a tour.  Easily accessible to all visitors, this waterfall has been a landmark on Kauai since becoming popular by shows such as Fantasy Island in the 70’s.  It is an iconic symbol of the Garden Island’s lush beauty.  Since the show aired, many people flocked to get a chance to see this amazing double-tiered waterfall that feeds into the Wailua River.  It is here, that many people get a chance to listen to the power of the running water. This brings a sense of calmness and relaxation.  The natural scene reminds you that you are indeed in paradise.

Patience is a Virtue

Remember that when visiting Wailua Falls you are on vacation and in no rush to get anywhere.  Be patient if there is a wait and be friendly and kind to others who are enjoying the same thing you are.  You will definitely get that perfect shot of the waterfall you are looking for.  If you are lucky, you may even catch a rainbow on the waterfall that can sometimes extend out from the baseline of the falls in the mist.  


Stay Safe

Please follow all posted signs near the Falls to keep you and your family from danger.  Please watch over keiki as this is a busy road with many cars going in and out of the parking lot. Also, note that the railing is well protected. Howeve,r your child should not climb the rock wall to prevent any serious injury.

It also should be noted that there are hiking trails that can take you to the bottom of the falls where you can swim in the 30 foot pool. However it is not recommended by us or county officials as it can be dangerous and life threatening with the ever changing weather conditions, muddy trails, and steepness of the trails.




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Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe

Salt Pond Beach Park

Salt Pond Beach Park, which is named for its traditional Hawaiian salt collecting beds, is located on Kauai’s western shore.  If you are traveling along Hwy 50, heading west from Kalaheo, after passing Hanapepe town turn left onto Lele Road or Hwy. 543.  Protected by natural lava rock ridges as waves break outside the reef, Salt Pond Beach is perfect for little keiki.  Shallow pools and lagoons are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and tidepooling.  Furthermore, this lifeguarded beach offers amenities such as restrooms, showers, and pavilions.




Adjacent to the Salt Pond Beach are the The Salt Flats.  This delicate area is restricted, unless you have been invited by a member of a salt making family.  Making pa’akai or Hawaiian sea salt is an ancient cultural practice that is passed down from generation to generation.  Kauai is the only place in Hawaii that makes salt according to the ancient traditions which are all done by hand.  

Looking from a distance, you may see the salt patch or lo’i filled with rows of oval salt beds which are lined with clay.  These shallow beds allow for the evaporation of seawater and produce this prized sparkling salt.  Held in respect, the salt is never sold; it is only given away.  The Hawaiian salt is used for cooking, seasoning, preserving food, medicinal purposes and in cultural blessings.  The season runs from May-September; the amount of harvested salt depends on many natural variables such as the sun, ocean tides and weather conditions.

Salt beds, Hanapepe

On the Salt ponds side of the beach, the beach in this area is reddish-golden from the clay that lies beneath the water.  If you want to access this part of the beach, it is recommended that you walk from the main beach.  Although you may see vehicles lined up on the sand and parked along the fenceline, please avoid trying to park here (If you do access the beach from the back side, do not drive right on the beach as it damages the sand dunes that protect the salt patches from high surf.)  A paved parking lot that is next to the salt beds can be used.

 At this part of Salt Pond Beach, my sons were entertained by the red and greyish clay in this area. They were running it through their hands and trying to break it apart with rocks.  Also, there were many fish in this lagoon as my husband took the boys to look at the different types of fish found in the shallow waters.  We were even able to Find Nemo (a clownfish) that happened to come in with the tide and a plethora of other reef fish.




Salt Pond is a great choice for a day at the beach with your keiki.



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Kilauea Point Lighhouse and National Wildlife Refuge

At the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge you will encounter unprecedented sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.  The contrast of colors in this landscape is amazing with the deep greens and browns of the cliffside, to the blacks of the rocks, to the vibrant bright blues of the ocean.

LEARN & DISCOVER

There are many things to take notice of and engage the keiki in.

1. BIRDWATCHING

Seabirds are everywhere, hugging the cliffs, hovering above you, hiding from you, and even walking amongst you. Observation scopes are located throughout the pathways and binoculars are available for the keiki to use. Just sign them out and return when you are done.

Observation scopes
Hovering Seabirds

2. WHALES, DOLPHINS, NENE, & MONK SEALS

Besides the opportunity see seabirds in their natural habitat, there are also opportunities to see other wildlife such as whales and dolphins, endangered Nene, and Hawaiian monk seals. On this particular day, the Nene were approaching nesting season. Therefore, we were able to observe mating behaviors such as them “talking” to each other and acting territorial. We have also seen whales during whale watching season which runs from November-May. Dolphins can also be spotted from the lookout areas and are usually most visible during the summer months.

3. NATIVE PLANTS

Along the property there are informational picture boards which provide a visual inventory of what to look for. Walking up the pathway to the lighthouse, take notice of the abundance of native plants. Try to have the keiki match the picture and the description with the plants around you. The easiest one to identify is the native Napaka shrub. It has waxy green leaves with white flowers that have five petals and looks like a half-flower. Your keiki can reach these along the path and feel the surface of the leaves for the texture.

There is a Hawaiian legend that goes with this half – flower that you can tell your keiki. One version is about a royal princess who fell in love with a commoner from the mountains. Together the princess and the commoner traveled up the mountain in distress. The kupuna told them that there is nothing that he could do so that they could be together.  So as a token or rememberance of her love, the princess took the flower from her ear and tore it in half telling the commoner that he must go by the water and live.

Since then, the Naupaka flower only bloomed in half-flowers where one-half can be found near the sea and it’s counter-part found in the mountains.  Some say that if you find one of each flower and put them together, you reunite their love and it can bring you good luck. The Naupaka plant can easily root near sand and rocks and is found along most of the beaches on Kauai as it prevents erosion.  

4. Kilauea Point Lighthouse

The historic Daniel Inouye Lighthouse is another highlight. Tours are offered on certain days and times of the week, so if you are interested in actually going up into the lighthouse, plan ahead. Children need to be 44 inches tall for this activity.




Admission

Admission for children 15 and under are free and adults are $5 per person so this is a great bargain.  If you are a L.O.C.A.L. (Kamaaina) you can purchase a yearly pass for $20 that allows entry for 4 people.  Only cash and traveler’s check are accepted as forms of payments, so make sure you bring some cash.  The Refuge is closed on Sunday and Monday and open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm so plan accordingly.


Bookstore

On the way out, there is a great bookstore that offers books and gifts or information to reinforce anything that your keiki may have been interested in


Nesting Shearwater

Getting There

Heading north on Kuhio Hwy. from Lihue pass through the towns of Kapaa and Anahola.  The next town is Kilauea (look for the gas station on the right) and turn right onto Kolo Road.  Pass the gas station and make the first left onto Kilauea Road.  The refuge is at the end of this scenic road, about 2 miles in.

I had this old photo from 2008, when my family visited!


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