The Coconut Coast area was a strategic area for growing rice, pineapple, sugarcane and coconut when the Western explorers discovered the island. Groves of coconut trees were planted and cultivated along the coast to produce copra or dried coconut meat that produces oil. You can still see old plantations along Kuhio Highway. Activities to enjoy in the Kauai festival include cooking demonstrations, food, games, shopping and contests.
The Solo Auana Hula Award Finale is a cultural festival in Lihue founded by Nathan Kalama wherein solo hula dancers compete for the ultimate award. The event starts at 12:00 noon and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance due to seating reservations.
This is an indoor program featuring contemporary Hawaiian culture, music and hula. The festival actually lasts one whole week with great highlights like the Kauai Composers Contest & Concert, workshops and other live performances. There are 3 evenings of hula competition plus a special honor given to cultural contributions by important Hawaiian figures.
More Fun Festivals
The Kauai All Girls Rodeo is a sporting event in Poipu held at CJM Country Stables starting at 10:00 a.m. You get to see the finest cowgirls on the island compete in various horse-related activities like horseback riding, team roping and barrel racing. Competitors’ ages can be anywhere from elementary kids to grandmothers. There is a large parking area, free admission with open air bleacher seating arrangement and shops where you can buy food, logo t-shirts and other souvenir items.
Kauai Powwow – Honoring the Drum is a cultural Kauai festival featuring great traditional songs from all areas of Hawaii. The event is held at Kapa’a beach park where you get to see live drum entertainment, food and gift booths, hula and other fun games and activities.