Here we are in June! As the summer unfolds, we embark on a journey through a month filled with captivating events and festivities that showcase the unique spirit of Kaua'i.
Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a food lover, or a seeker of authentic experiences, join us as we highlight the exciting events taking place in this tropical haven during the month of June.
2023 Kaua’i Poke Fest
The Kauai Poke Fest returns this year to Kōloa Landing Resort on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 4 – 7 p.m. HST. The event, hosted by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sam Choy, celebrates Hawai'i's most famous dish with live entertainment, food and drinks, poke demonstrations, and a poke competition incorporating more than 500 pounds of ahi-between professional and amateur chefs showcasing their original poke recipes. A portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Kaua'i Charity Walk which supports local charities throughout Kaua'i Island. Tickets and room packages are available now at kauaipokefest.com.
Haena to Hanalei Race
Don't miss the 41st Annual Haena to Hanalei Race, the Hanalei Canoe Club's well-known, much-loved fundraiser. Run or walk one of the most beautiful courses in the world. There is a race for everyone. Take your pick among the four races: an 8-mile run/walk, a Half Marathon, a 5K, and a 1-mile Keiki Run. Awaiting you at the finish line is a delicious pancake breakfast. Buy your tickets when you register for the race. Hanalei Canoe Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and funds from this race go towards supporting the club and sending the keiki to state!
Makai Music & Art Festival
Located on the Makai Lawn at the Makai Golf Course in Princeville, the Makai Music and Arts Festival is hosted each Wednesday of the week from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Join us and experience entertainment from some of the best musicians on Kauai including Tropical Groove and Makana O Na Lani. Also, shop from an assortment of handmade jewelry, crafts, art, and much more by local vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun.
Obon Dance & Festival - Kapaa Hongwanji Mission
The dance is held at night and differs slightly depending on the Mission but generally involves people circling around a high wooden yagura. The appropriate way to welcome the ancestors' souls is to play happy music and create a feeling of happiness. Everyone is welcome regardless of religious background, ethnicity, or even dancing abilities. Kapaa Hongwanji - 7 p.m. June 9 and 10, 2023
Soto Zen Bon Festival
The Soto Zen Bon Festival showcases the best of the Bon Dance culture in Hawaii. The folk art and religious traditions have evolved on Kauai for over five generations in the Japanese American community. Over 500 lanterns (chochin) decorate the temple grounds and the dance ring, making this festival the most colorful and largest on the island. The Bon festival serves to educate not only visitors but other island residents about this unique cultural tradition, including descendants of Japanese ancestry who can deepen their own understanding of their heritage.
BOTTOM LINE: As the warm June breeze sweeps across Kaua'i, it carries the melodies of laughter, the aromas of delicious cuisine, and the joyous spirit of celebration. From cultural festivals that honor the island's heritage to outdoor adventures that connect us with nature's wonders, the events of June in Kaua'i offer an array of unforgettable experiences.
Embrace the magic of this extraordinary island and immerse yourself in the enchanting events that make Kaua'i an irresistible destination. Whether you're a visitor or a local, June in Kaua'i promises moments of joy, connection, and cherished memories that will stay with you long after the month has passed.
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