As the sun starts to set on this year’s summer, the festivities on the Island of Kauai don’t appear to be dying down. Whether you want colorful markets full of local goods, dancing, music, or all of the above, the month of August is full of opportunities for visitors to the Garden Island.
Here are the best events and festivals coming to Kauai this August.
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2023 Events and Festivities
Events for Kauai in August 2023 will be posted in the coming weeks. Typically, we'll update this page about six to eight weeks before the month in question. Below, you can review a summary of what happened within the last 12-18 months, as many of these Hawaii events are held annually.
2022 Events and Festivities
20th Annual Heiva I Kauai International Tahitian Dance Competition
What’s not to like about colorful clothes, live drumming, and dancing by the beach? For its 20th year, the Heiva I International Tahitian Dance Competition comes to Kauai this August. Self-described as a community-funded, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture, this is educational fun for everyone.
When: August 6th, August 7th, 9 AM - 5 PM
Where: 4-1464 Kuhio Hwy (Kapaa Beach Park)
More Info: Heiva I Kauai
43rd Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk
100% percent of the money raised by this annual event goes to Kauai - no less than 58 local organizations, to be precise. This is a fantastic way to get some exercise, meet the community, and support local businesses and people.
When: Saturday, August 20th, 8 AM - 5 PM
Where: Hoolako St, Lihue (Vidinha Stadium)
More Info: Charity Walk Kauai
Foamtastic Color Fun Run
What, you may ask, is a color fun run? This is a footrace, but all along the course, you will be bombarded by foam, color powder, and music! This event is open to the general public and welcomes runners of all ages. Of all the things you can do in life, this is one of the hardest to do without smiling.
When: Friday, August 5th
More Info: Race Entry/Foamtastic Color Fun Run
Downtown Lihue Night Market
For those interested in some local shopping, an unusual and cool farmers market is the night market in downtown Lihue. On the evening of Sunday, August 14th, Kress Street and Rice Street will be covered with food trucks, fresh produce, locally made crafts, and live entertainment to go along with it.
When: Sunday, August 14th, 4 PM - 8 PM
Where: Kress St and Rice St, Lihue
More Info: Downtown Lihue Events
Old Koloa Town Market
One of Kauai’s most significant locations is Old Koloa Town. It is the site of the first-ever sugar plantation in Hawaii, and today many of the quaint historical buildings still stand - repurposed as shops, restaurants, and so on. It’s a place worth visiting any day of the week, but if you visit on Saturday, August 20th, you get the major bonus of attending the new town market. In the shadow of what is left of the old sugar mill, there will be food trucks, local artisans, and live music under the expansive shade of the monkeypod trees!
When: Saturday, August 20th, 4 PM - 8 PM
Where: 5330 Koloa Rd (Historic Old Koloa Town Courtyard)
More Info: Old Koloa Town Market
We hope you find this to be a helpful guide to planning your days in Kauai this August. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!