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Exploring: Calendar > Kauai > December
Six Times A Year
GARDEN ISLAND ARTISAN FAIRE
over 40 Artisans from Kaua'i showcase an array of handcrafted products from Kaua'i and Polynesia. Hawaiian music all day. Plate lunches, Hawaiian Shave ice, Smoothies. Free and open to the public. Poipu Beach from 9am-3pm. For more information call 808-245-9021.
September through May
KAUAI CONCERT ASSOCIATION CONCERT SERIES
The Kauai Concert Association concert series features a wide variety of performances including Latin/jazz, string quartet, modern and classical dance, piano/violin, jazz piano, gospel, classical piano, a jazz festival and more. Programs vary year to year. All performances take place at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. For more information call (808) 245-SING.
First weekend of December every year
KAUAI MUSEUM CRAFT FAIR
Annual fair presents local craftspeople selling handmade goods. For more information call (808) 245-6931.
May and December
KAUAI COMMUNITY COLLEGE INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAMS
The KCC Instrumental Programs feature Kauai's Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble. Concerts are performed in May and December every year. The programs are sponsored by the University of Hawaii through the Kauai Community College. Every May and December the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony have a joint concert. The Orchestra also has a concert in the same time frame. Concerts take place at the KCC Performing Arts Center. The website for the KCC instrumental programs is www.kccmusic.org. For more information call 808-645-1571.
December through April
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Humpbacks begin their southern migration from Alaska to Hawai'i in December every year to give birth to their calves as well as to mate. Whales stay through about April, but dates can vary somewhat.
First Friday and Saturday of December
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR AND WREATH EXHIBIT
This two-day event is held every year on the first Friday and Saturday of December. The Parade of Lights, with floats and entertainment, and the lighting of the trees on the lawn of the historic County Building (directly across from the Museum) takes place on Friday evening. The museum remains open on Friday evening until 8 P.M. for visitors to view the wreaths on display in the main gallery and partake of the Christmas festivities. The fair affords children and adults the opportunity to visit the museum, support local artisans, enjoy culinary delights, participate in Hawaiian music and hula performances, and partake of the diversity and exchange of culture between visitors and residents. Kauai Museum, Rice Street, Lihue. For more information call (808) 245-6931.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
The annual lighting of the Historic County Building with Christmas decorations. Opening night (first Friday of December) event includes Hawaiian entertainment and caroling. Lighting ceremony begins at dusk. Through December, families can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6-8pm For more information call (808) 332-5857.
First Friday in December
LIGHTS ON RICE PARADE
The annual Lights on Rice Parade takes place on Rice Street in Lihu`e. Eat at various food booths, shop at the Kaua`i Museum craft fair, and check out the Festival of Lights at the historic County building. The Lights on Rice Parade has nearly 40 lighted parade entries from all over the island. It is free and open to the public and all Kaua`i families and visitors are welcome. Come early to get the best seating! For more information call (808) 332-5857.
AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Annual Audubon Christmas bird count at Koke‘e Museum, early morning. Trek into some of the most botanically rich and remote areas of Kauai. For more information call (808) 335-9975.
AUDUBON HAWAIIAN BIRD IDENTIFICATION MEETING
Koke‘e Museum trains volunteers for its annual bird count. No experience necessary. Great opportunity to see Kauai's native birds. Call for location. For more information call (808) 335-9975.
WAIMEA LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Waimea Town holds its annual Christmas Parade of lighted floats led by fire engines. The parade originates at the Waimea athletic field parking lot and winds through town. Free. Parade begins at dusk. For more information call West Kauai Main Street Hotline (808) 338-9957 or Chris at (808) 335-2824.
Every December 31st
NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS
Enjoy a spectacular aerial fireworks display set for 10 p.m. at Poipu Beach Park. Free. The display is viewable along Poipu's coastline from Brennecke's Beach, Poipu Beach Park and on Poipu Beach fronting Marriott Waiohai, Kiahuna Plantation and Sheraton Kauai Resorts.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (ongoing)
KAPAA HISTORY TOUR
Interpretive guides from the Kauai Historical Society give 90-minute walking tours on the history and architecture of Kapaa Town. For more information call (808) 245-3373.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (ongoing)
OLD WAIMEA SUGAR PLANTATION WALKING TOUR
Tour Waimea Plantation Cottages and the neighboring Waimea Sugar Co. "camp" houses dating from the turn of the century. For more information call (808) 335-2824.
Friday and Sunday (ongoing)
SLACK KEY GUITAR - MUSIC OF HAWAII
Delightful concerts of Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele with songs and stories inspired by the beauty of Kauai. Fridays at 4pm and Sundays at 3pm, Hanalei Community Center. Admission fee. For more information call (808) 826-1469.
HISTORIC WAIMEA WALKING TOUR
Tour historic Waimea, the place Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii. Waimea was once a major population center and home to ruling chiefs. Missionaries established schools and rice and sugar growers changed the landscape. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. The 90-minute free tour begins at the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in the morning. For reservations or more information call (808) 338-1332.
Friday Nights (ongoing)
HANAPEPE ART NIGHT
Participating galleries take turns hosting weekly original performances or demonstrations with a theme. Every Friday night is unique. All the galleries are lit up and decked out, giving the town a special, festive atmosphere. Enjoy a stroll down the streets of quaint, historic Hanapepe Town and meet the local artists. For more information call (808) 335-0343.
Every day (ongoing)
COCONUT MARKETPLACE ENTERTAINMENT
Free entertainment every day at 5:00 p.m. The shows vary and often include hula. For more information call (808) 822-3641.
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (ongoing)
KAUAI MUSEUM TOUR
Docents provide interpretation of Kauai and Niihau culture as they lead tours through the museum's galleries. For more information call (808) 245-6931.
KAUAI POW WOW
Over 200 Native Americans from across America and many friends join in a celebration of cultural exchange with the people of Kauai, accompanied by visiting youth drum groups. Native American and Native Hawaiian-made crafts, clothing, food, musical instruments and hands-on activities. Native American dancing all day. Friday evening; all day Saturday and Sunday. Kapaa Beach Park. For more information call (808) 828-1294.
Every Friday (ongoing)
Free lei-making workshops are held every Friday at the West Kauai Technology & Visitors Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Come learn how to create the Hawaiian symbol of aloha. For reservations or more information call (808) 338-1332.
Monthly on the Closest Saturday to the New Moon (ongoing)
Kauai is an ideal location for astronomical observation. The Kauai Educational Association for Science & Astronomy conducts a monthly starwatch in Kaumakani at the softball field. Follow highway 50 west past Hanapepe. After mile marker 18, look for KEASA signs on the right. Follow the KEASA signs for parking and starwatch. A monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. is followed by the public star watch at sunset. For more information call (808) 332-7827.
Every Monday (ongoing)
Fresh locally grown produce, flowers, and Kauai made products are available for sale at Kukui Grove Center's Farmer's Market on Mondays at 3pm. 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue.
Monday through Friday (ongoing)
WEST KAUAI TECHNOLOGY & VISITOR CENTER
The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center opened in 1999 in beautiful Waimea Town, located on the west side of the Garden Island. The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center features exhibits, programs, and classes reflecting the multi-ethnic diversity of its historical and present agricultural community. Exhibits and displays based on themes relevant to visitors and residents alike are changed periodically to reflect the time of year, local celebrations, ancient Hawaiian traditional lifestyles, and the ethnic diversity of the West Kauai community. The center also presents a video about the island. Computers with free Internet access are available. Monday morning walking tours of Historic Waimea. Open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, 9565 Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea Town. For more information call (808) 338-1332.