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Year Round Things to Do

Every Friday night from 6–9 p.m. is Hanapepe Art Night. Participating galleries take turns being the weekly host gallery, offering original performances or demonstrations which become the theme for that art night. All the galleries are lit up and decked out, giving the town a special atmosphere. Enjoy a stroll down the streets of quaint, historic Hanapepe Town and meet the local artists. This is also the only night the Hanapepe Café is open (it's otherwise open for breakfast and lunch) and it is a wonderful restaurant serving vegetarian fare. For Art Night info, call Lew or Annette Shortridge at (808) 335-0343

Enjoy free hula shows at the following locations
  • Seaview Terrace at Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Poipu, 6:00–8:00 p.m.. Be sure and call (808) 742-1234 to double check the type of performance. Some nights there is guitar music, others keiki hula with young children performing. If you've never seen 3-9 years olds doing the hula, you should go. It's really a joy to watch.

  • Kukui's Restaurant at Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Lihue (on Kalapaki Bay), Wednesday & Saturday shows, 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.. Call (808) 245-5050

  • Coconut Marketplace, Kapaa, 5:00 p.m. daily (programs vary) Call (808) 822-3641

  • Happy Talk Lounge at Hanalei Bay Resort, Princeville, Tuesdays 6:30–9:30 p.m. - call (808) 826-6522. Also enjoy live jazz here on Sunday afternoons.

The free Tiare Tahiti Dance Show takes place Monday & Thursday evenings at 5:00 p.m., in the courtyard of Poipu Shopping Village. Call (808) 742-2831.

Watch Hawaiian crafts being created at the Hui Aloha (friendly get-together) in the Sheraton Garden Court Lobby in Poipu from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. This daily display features everything from coconut hats to Niihau shell leis, lauhala baskets and more. Call (808) 742-1661 for further information.

Monday through Thursday go on Crater Hill Hikes. From the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center, you can join this 2 to 2-1/2 hour hike. Guides discuss the geology of the island and Crater Hill, seabirds and migratory birds, native plants, and marine wildlife that visit Kilauea Point. Spectacular setting including historic Kilauea Point Lighthouse, visitor's center, and grounds open all day. Free with paid entry fee of $3 to the Wildlife Refuge. Call (808) 828-0168 for reservations.

Monday through Friday take a Gay & Robinson Tour. See Makaweli's sugar irrigation systems Mon - Fri, 8 - 4 p.m. Exhibits show the 17.5 mile Koula Ditch, 13 mile Olokele Ditch, and history of Gay & Robinson, Olokele and Hawaiian Sugar Co. plantations. Free. Call (808) 335-2824.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays go for a Kapaa History Tour. Take walking tours through Kapaa town. Meet at Pono Kai Resort lobby at 10 a.m.. Call (808) 245-3373 for reservations.

Tuesdays through Saturdays take the kids to the Kauai Children's Discovery Museum. "Deep Sea Giants" is an amazing interactive exhibit of robotic ocean creatures. Permanent exhibits include multi-cultural keiki village, coral reef at night, virtual reality stations, magic tree house library and more. Admission is $4.50/$3.50. Located at Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapaa. Daily summer camp is offered weekdays. For more information call (808) 823-8222.

Mondays are reserved for the Historic Waimea Walking Tour. This 90 minute tour offers a glimpse of historic Waimea town Mondays at 9:30 a.m.. Call (808)338-1332.

Mondays through Fridays enjoy a Sugar Mill Tour. This two-hour field and factory tour is given twice daily at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m. There is an admission charge for the tour, but admission to the Visitor Center is free and is open 8 - 4. Kaumakani Ave. Call (808)335-2824 for reservations.

Mondays through Fridays take advantage of any one of a number of Garden Tours.

North shore Limahuli Garden: Restored ancient taro fields, rare species, and spectacular views. (808) 826-1053.

Poipu Allerton Garden: Exquisite statuary and reflecting pools plus amazing flora. (808) 742-2623.

Na Aina Kai: Contemporary sculptures and wonderful grounds. (808) 828-1525

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stroll back in time with a Walking Tour of Old Waimea Sugar Plantation and Cottages. The tour meets at 9:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Volunteers lead you through Waimea Plantation Cottages, a vacation resort of restored plantation houses, and the neighboring Waimea Sugar Company "camp" of houses dating to the turn of the century. Tours are limited to 12 people. For reservations please call (808) 335-2824.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays take a Kauai Museum Tour. Free tours at 10 a.m. with admission. Docents provide interpretation of Kauai and Niihau culture as they lead tours through the Museum's galleries. Call (808) 245-6931 for more information.

Fridays and Sundays perk up your ears for Hawaiian Slack Key Music Concerts. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of live slack key guitar and ukulele with stories of the history of the music, Kauai, endangered species, and more. Free gift drawing! Tickets $10 ($8 children/seniors). Hanalei Community Center - Fridays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. For more information call (808) 826-1469.

Grove Farm Museum offers a walking tour of the grounds and building of a sugar plantation home with little bits of Hawaiiana that are hard to find. Offered daily. Reservations are required and can be made up to three months in advance. (808) 245-3202. Donation of $5 per adult and $2 for children 12 and under.

For more info or to book an adventure, call toll free 1.800.427.5996 or email info@kauaivacationhelpers.com

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