Kauai Events in May

Events & Festivals on the Island of Kauai

2023 Events and Festivities

Travel to Hawaii is ramping up for spring and summer.

As May approaches, visitors to Kauai are filling up their calendars. Kauai is generally a more rugged, adventure-prone destination when compared with its neighbors. As such, the calendar is often less packed with scheduled events like concerts and festivals than, say, on Oahu.

However, we’ve scoured the lists and handpicked our top 5 recommendations to save you the trouble. Here are the best events and festivals coming to Kauai in May 2023.

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Hanalei Farmers’ Market 

This beautiful weekly market at the feet of Kauai's epic mountains was voted one of the top 5 farmers’ markets by the Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. With various local goods, from honey to baked goods to arts and crafts, this ultra-scenic North Kauai tradition is always worth exploring.

When: Saturdays, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; 9 AM - 12 PM

Where: 5-5299C Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei

More Info: Hanalei Farmers’ Market

Makai Music & Art Festival

For great food, live music, fun for all ages, and quintessentially laid-back positive vibes, the Makai Music & Art Festival in Princeville always hits.

When: 4080 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville

Where: Wednesdays, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; 1 PM - 5 PM

More Info: Makai Music & Art Festival

Wailua Bay Creator’s Fair

For those looking to connect with creative locals and support small businesses on the island, the Wailua Bay Creator’s Fair was explicitly born for you. Following the devastation wrought by COVID-19, this East Kauai monthly fair showcases Kauai creators of all kinds.
When: Sunday, May 28th, 8:30 AM - 1 PM

Where: 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa (Hilton Garden Inn Wailua Bay) 

More Info: Wailua Bay Creator’s Fair

Community Caring Day at Lawai International Center

Another great opportunity is to volunteer with the local community at Lawai Center. Every Saturday starting in May, the Lawai Center will serve you homemade lunch in exchange for working alongside others in their gardens.

We recommend this for anyone looking to soak up the sunshine and connect with the local community wholesomely. 
When: Saturday, May 6th, 9 AM - 1 PM

Where: Lawai Center

More Info: Community Caring Days

Amy Hanaialii - 25th Anniversary of Palehua 

25 years ago, a young woman from Maui released a song called Palehua. It became one of the most danced-to songs in hula and one of the most famous songs in Hawaiian history. Today, Hanaialii is a 6-time Grammy Nominee - and this May, she’ll be performing at Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea to celebrate.

When: Friday, May 19th, 6 PM - 9 PM

Where: 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea (Anaina Hou Community Park)

More Info: Anaina Hou - Amy Hanaialii 

This May on Kauai, you can catch a scenic concert featuring one of Hawaii’s best and most decorated musical artists. You can taste, savor, and celebrate one of the best things about Hawaii - the fresh produce. Or you can volunteer and connect directly with the local community in the world-renowned outdoors.

Whatever choice you make, it is sure to enhance your visit tremendously. As always, mahalo, and best wishes for your visit!

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