Get Festive on Kaua‘iKaua‘i

One of the best ways to get deep into the soul of a place is to mix and mingle with the people who live there. There’s no more enjoyable way to get to know people than at a party, and the people of Kaua‘i are great about sharing their culture through a slew of festivals that seem to keep the fun going year-round.

KAUAI ISLAND CRAFTERS FAIR: Take home a “made-in-Kaua”i” souvenir crafted by a local artisan. Jewelry, totes, gift items, soaps, candles, food and more will be on display! Shop the Kauai Veterans Center October 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: free. Proceeds benefit The Veteran’s Club. Call (808) 635-4314.

HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL, KAUA‘I STYLE: A musical showcase of 15 local slack key guitar artists, 22 years in the making. Live entertainment, food, drinks, crafts and culture. Child-friendly! Strike a chord at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort & Spa November 9, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $10. Call (808) 226-2697 or visit

OLD KOLOA SUGAR MILL RUN: The Rotary Club of Kaua‘i’s 12th annual run includes a non-competitive 5-K Walk. Participants will receive a T-shirt and continental breakfast. The half marathon starts at 7 a.m. on November 15 at Anne Knudsen Park. Event runs 7-10 a.m. Registration: $30. Visit www.

WAIMEA LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: Holiday cheer and merriment will bedazzle Waimea Town for the annual holiday parade. Start the evening with a street lighting. Continue the celebration with food, entertainment and live music at Hofgaard Park. The season kicks off December 22, 5-8 p.m. Admission: free.

KAUA‘I YOGA RETREAT: Find inner peace while forging a personal connection with Hawaiian culture during this blissful yoga, meditation and nature retreat set at Anahola Beach, a place of sacred significance that the Dalai Lama said is “a portal where the souls or spirits enter the world.”

A TASTE OF KILOHANA: Take a bite out of the season’s best at Kilohana Plantation. Throughout the year, Kilohana offers exclusive guided food tours that entail a scrumptious, off-menu meal served in the Wilcox Mansion’s Private Dining Room, a train ride through the orchard, fruit picking, Mai Tai making and other indulgences. Ongoing; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required ($115 per person); limited space. Call (808) 635-0257 or visit