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An 8-day festival of concerts, competitions and cultural events beginning President's Day weekend! Feb 18 - 25, 2023
Kaua'i's largest and longest-running festival held in the plantation town of Waimea...a place to discover the real Kaua'i.
Take a step back into old Hawai'i, where the town takes care of its people and everyone contributes something towards the fun!
Waimea Town Celebration really knows how to put on a show with an impressive list of bands and local entertainers! Our 2-day finale ho'olaule'a is like a huge block party featuring Hawaiian music, entertainment, arts and crafts, island cuisine and a beer garden.
Our local westside community spends 9 days annually celebrating our cultural heritage. The opening weekend of Waimea Town Celebration features the Kaumuali'i Lu'au that honors Kauai's favorite King with hula, music and traditional lu'au food.
From 2k, 5k, 10k runs and long distance canoe races to storytelling and rodeos, there's something for everyone! Our values of commUNITY and aloha are generously poured into each of our events. Be a spectator or join in on the fun. All are welcome.
Nourish our 'Ohana. Please bring canned foods for Hawai'i Food Bank's ORANGE & GREEN food bins at all of our events. Together we can make a HUGE difference here on Kaua'i. Mahalo for your generosity!
KAUA'I COCKTAILS & CUISINE @ the Historic Waimea Theater
Spend the evening immersed in our opening night's theme for 2023: MARDI GRAS! Walk into a Carnival celebration reminiscent of a street festival with cajun flair. Come dressed the part and enter our costume contest for CASH prize, enjoy our take of the King Cake and sample cocktails popular in New Orleans.
$60* General Admission / $80* VIP 6:00 pm entry (*Must be 21+ to enter.)
KING KAUMUALI'I LU'AU @ the Historic Waimea Theater
A cultural presentation of beautiful songs and dance by Kumu Hula Troy Lazaro & Halau Ka Pa Hula o Hinano in honor of Kaua'i's favorite King Kaumuali'i. Doors open at 4:30 pm.
$30 General Admission includes a special meal.
WAIMEA FILM FESTIVAL - HIFF HANA HOU @ the Historic Waimea Theater
Asian Pacific films including an encore of award-winning films & sleepers from the Hawaii International Film Festival 42. Trailers and film summaries on www.WaimeaTheater.com.
$10 tickets sold at the Box Office and $30 All Day Pass includes special meal (served at 12:30 pm) and can be purchased online.
9:15 am Delikado (Phillipines)
11:00 am Finding Her Beat (North America)
1:00 pm Before Next Spring (Chinese)
3:00 pm Goodbye Cruel World (Japan)
Join us for lunch in the center of Waimea Town for LIVE music & enter our daily How-Fast-Can-You-Eat contests to win CASH prizes. FREE ENTRY, Family Friendly, Craft Vendors
02.21.23 TUESDAY Historic Waimea Theater
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Times' Spam Musubi Eating Contest
LIVE Music by Frank Cruz & Cruz Control
02.22.23 WEDNESDAY Historic Waimea Theater
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Redondo's Red Hot Dog Eating Contest
LIVE Music by Kahalau Leoiki
02.23.23 THURSDAY Historic Waimea Theater (as of 2/23/23)
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Kauai Kimchee's Kimchee Eating Contest
LIVE Music by Nick Castillo
TALES & TREATS @ the Historic Waimea Theater
Kanaka Maoli Storyteller MOSES GOODS and members of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth Ensemble spent 2022 working in the salt beds of Hanapepe to create this special new production: "THE PA'AKAI WE BRING." The play follows a family with multiple generations of Kaua'i salt farmers and mixes in ancient stories, hula and original songs. It is served with aloha and FREE treats from Gina's Anykine Grinds Cafe and Super Duper II Ice Cream.
AMBASSADOR OF ALOHA & MUSIC CONCERT @ the Historic Waimea Theater
The Neil Diamond cover band CHERRY CHERRY returns to Kaua'i to celebrate and honor our Ambassador of Aloha 2023 JIMMY OKADA who will be presented with the Malama Award for his service to our westside community.
$20 General Admission
KAUA'I PANIOLO SHOWDOWN 2023 @ Friendship Do's Ranch, Waimea Arena
Come and see Hawai'i's best battle it out. All events are open to the public.
$10 Admission Fee only on Saturday for persons 2 years and older
Thu 7:00 pm - World's Best Muley Roping
Fri 8:30 am - Team Roping Qualifying Slack
Fri 7:00 pm - Barrel Racing Qualifying Slack
Sat 10:00 am - Po'o Waiu, Roping, Barrels, Double Mugging & MORE
Na Heihei a Ola 2K, 5K & 10K Fun Run @ Waimea Plantation Cottages
This Fun Run attracts a mixed field of keiki to kupuna. Cost is $30/Adults, $25/Juniors (17 years and younger). Register online or on Friday night at the Ho'olaule'a (in front of the Beer Garden) from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm. $40/ Late Registration.
YES, THAT'S RIGHT - FREE ADMISSION!
FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 24, 2023
5:00 PM CHERRY CHERRY
7:15 PM KUPAOA
8:15 PM PI'ILANI ARIAS
9:00 PM WEHILEI
9:30 PM CHARDONNAY
10:30 PM NATURAL VIBRATIONS
SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 25, 2023
2:45 PM CHERRY CHERRY
5:45 PM BRONSON AIWOHI
7:15 PM HAMMAH HOUSE BAND
8:00 PM MIAH MUSIC MOLOKAI
9:00 PM KA'IKENA SCANLAN
10:20 PM ELI MAC
2-Day westside ho'olaule'a @ the Old Waimea Mill on 2/24 (Fri) & 2/25 (Sat) includes food booths, craft vendors, 22 hours of FREE admission & entertainment and the Paradise Beverages / Koloa Rum Beer Garden!
Na'i'ole Long Distance Canoe Race @ Waimea Landing on Saturday, 02.25.23
@ 8:00 am with traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoes racing along the Waimea shoreline. Awards at 1:00 pm.
Kaua'i's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament for all ages!
6 pm - 9 pm Fri 02.24.23 and
9 am - 9 pm Sat 02.25.23
@ Waimea Canyon Park Bball Courts
$20/students and $40/adults
Begins at Noon on Saturday 2/25/23
FREE to participate. Sign up with Lisa from Super Duper 2 at 11:30 am in front of the Ho'olaule'a Big Stage.
Begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday 2/25/23 @ the Ho'olaule'a Big Stage. FREE to participate and new 'ukulele awarded to winners. Pickup an entry form at Scotty's Music (across from Walmart) or download below. Pre-register by 12:45 pm the day of the contest.
Enter a hat lei in the Most Beautiful (fresh foliage) or Most Unique (any material) Categories for CASH prizes. Enter your family Heirloom for the People's Choice Award. Download an entry form below. Drop off Sat 2/25 from 10 am to noon @ the old Waimea Mill Site. View from 2 pm to 6 pm. Pickup lei & awards at 6:00 pm.
Hosted by the Historic Waimea Theater and Cultural Arts Center, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide benefits to local worthy charities and non-profit groups by promoting the community of West Kaua'i through a quality celebration of heritage, diversity and inclusion of its kama'aina and malihini.
We are planning a fabulous celebration for you! E hele mai to the westside!
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