Calendar of Events: Kauai | Fall 2012


Calendar of Events: Kauai

Discover some of the best things to see and do in the garden isle—seasonal offerings at The St. Regis Princeville Resort.

At the St. Regis

Champagne Brunch

Sundays; Makana Terrace

Start your Sunday slowly with an elegant brunch on the Makana Terrace overlooking the peaceful water and Mount Makana. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (808-826-9644;

Sunday Afternoon Jazz Jam

Sundays; The St. Regis Bar

While the sun sets over Hanalei Bay, catch exciting live music from Treysara, a jazz duo made up of Rick Avallone and Tony Rodarte, every Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Every week brings something new—be it drink specials created exclusively for The St. Regis Princeville Resort or visiting jazz musicians from across the Hawaiian Islands and beyond. (808-826-9644;


Festivals and Events

Eo e Emalani i Alakai

Oct. 13; Kokee State Park

Join this free annual festival in celebration of ancient Hawaiian culture with Hawaiian music and traditional chants. Queen Emma and her friends enter on horseback, accompanied by hula halau, who perform chants and dances as gifts for the Queen. (3600 Kokee Rd., Kekaha; 808-587-0300;


Malie Awards Luau

Nov. 3; Smith’s Tropical Paradise

For more than 10 years, the Malie Foundation has honored musicians, groups and local businesses that have contributed to the preservation of Hawaiian music in Kauai. The foundation celebrates the recipients with an annual gala; this year at the stunning 30-acre botanical garden and cultural center in Kapaa. Proceeds go toward the Malie Scholarship fund, which helps pay school fees for students at Punana Leo Preschool. (3-5971 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa; 808-822-2166;


Warrior Wave Intercollegiate

nov. 4 – 7; makai golf club

The Warrior Wave Intercollegiate,

presented by The St. Regis Princeville Resort, is a men’s collegiate golf tournament. All golf aficionados are welcome. A banquet will also be held on Nov. 5 for participants and invited guests. (4080 Lei O Papa Rd., Princeville; 808-826-1912;


15th Annual Festival of Lights

Dec. 7 – Jan. 1; Kauai County Building

Elaborate light designs decorate the inside and the outside of Kauai’s historic county building in downtown Lihue. The inside displays, complete with a visiting Santa, are open for viewing every weekend night from 6 to 8 p.m., while the exterior lights can be seen daily from 6 p.m. through New Year’s Day. (4444 Rice St., Lihue; 808-639-8564;


Art and Surf Culture

Second Saturday of each month; Hanalei Town

From 4 to 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month, enjoy local Kauai artist displays, complimentary surf movies and live music, for guests of all ages. This community event  welcomes all visitors with an affinity for good art, good company and good friends, all set in paradise. (808-634-2074)


Kauai Community Farmers Market

Saturdays; Kauai Community College

Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of Kauai as local artisanal farmers and small cottage businesses come together every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with live music and vendors offering everything from local produce and coffee to spices, jams and cheeses. These delectable offerings are sure to please the palate and give you a true taste of the islands. (3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue; 808-337-9944)


Tours and Excursions

Sunshine Helicopters Princeville Adventure

By reservation only; Departing from Princeville Airport

Much of Kauai’s ecological wonder cannot be accessed by car or even by foot; the Napali coast, for example, is famously only accessible by boat or by hiking trails—but Sunshine Helicopters offers an inimitable chance to see all of Kauai from above. Enjoy breathtaking views of lush valleys, waterfalls and the intricate Waimea Canyon on this 40- to 50-minute helicopter tour of the island. (808-270-3999;

Napali Sunset Sail

December through March; Port Allen Small Boat Harbor

Take a sunset cruise off Kauai’s West Shore and catch a glimpse of the magnificent kohola or humpback whales that come Hawaii each year in the winter. This two-hour cruise from Blue Dolphin Charters offers drinks, appetizers and fun for the whole family. (4353 Waialo Rd., Ele’ele; 808-335-5553;

Seabird Tour

Wednesdays beginning Dec. 5; Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden

Bear witness to the extraordinary albatross mating rituals and courtship dances as you tour through several different gardens at the Na Aina Kai, all boasting a sizeable population of Laysan Albatross, a protected species. The magnificent albatross cycle through their mating, nesting and breeding cycles annually at Na Aina Kai when they’re not at sea. (4101 Wailapa Rd., Kilauea; 808-828-0525;

Kayak, Zipline and Hike Tours

Daily; Princeville Ranch Adventures

Kayak through a serene rainforest valley,

and then have the option to ride two 400-plus-foot ziplines and connecting bridge over a pristine twin waterfall and swimming hole. After ziplining, swim, jump or float on inner tubes and enjoy a delicious picnic. Hiking is considered moderate and just over one mile. Tours daily at 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (5-4280 Kuhio Hwy., Princeville; 808-826-7669;