Kauai is continuing to kick off 2023 right. In February, the calendar is full, and if you like food, live music, dancing, great art, and even a little hands-on education about the island’s ways, you’ll have lots to choose from.
Here are our picks for the coolest events and festivals coming to Kauai in February 2023.
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Waimea Town Celebration 2023
For the island of Kauai in February, this is the big ticket. For its 46th annual iteration, the Waimea Town Celebration will be held in the charming and historic town of Waimea on the island’s southwest coast. It lasts 8 consecutive days and boasts an impressively diverse range of activities. The festival is known for live Hawaiian music, but there will also be a luau, hula, storytelling, rodeos, and canoe races!
When: Saturday, February 18th - Saturday, February 25th
Where: Various Locations (Waimea)
More Info: Waimea Town Celebration
23rd Annual E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui 2023
You’d be forgiven for not knowing exactly what this was based on the name but trust us; it is more than worth it to find out! This lovely annual event at the Kauai Beach Resort is all about hula. You will learn about the history of the art, meet some of its most important cultural ambassadors, witness world-class performances, and - best of all - learn the dance yourself.
When: February 10th - February 12th, 8 AM - 10 PM
Where: 4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue (Kauai Beach Resort)
More Info: E Pili Kakou
The Kauai Quilt Show 2023
Another culturally rich experience coming to the Garden Island in February is the annual Kauai Quilt Show held in Lihue. This an exuberantly welcoming event - admission is completely free, you can participate in voting for this year’s “Viewer’s Choice” winner, and many of the quilts on sale will donate 100% of your purchase towards a local non-profit of your choosing.
When: February 10th - February 22nd, 10 AM - 5 PM
Where: 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue (KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center)
More Info: Kauai Quilt Show 2023 - Facebook Invite Link
Kauai Culinary Market
But what about food? Don’t worry, we didn’t forget - and neither did Kauai. If you’re visiting the island in February, stop by The Shops at Kukuiula on a Wednesday evening. There, you’ll find the Kauai Culinary Market, one of the absolute best markets you’ll find anywhere in the state. Live music, tons of fresh produce and cooked meals, chefs going onstage to show off, and a wine and beer garden. The grounds on which this takes place in Koloa are also quite beautiful.
When: Wednesdays, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd; 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Where: 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St, Koloa (The Shops at Kukuiula)
Makai Music & Art Festival
The Makai festival is a staple of our Kauai lists because it combines many of what many look for in a Hawaii event. It has the music, the local food, the handmade local crafts, and the distinctively laid-back, friendly atmosphere - like you could spend all day there. It also has free admission and free parking!
When: Wednesdays, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd; 1 PM - 5 PM
Where: 4080 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville (Makai Lawn)
More Info: Makai Music & Art Festival
We hope you find this helpful starting guide for planning your February trip to Kauai. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!