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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Plenty of Aloha for Everyone at Kauai Festivals

There are many free cultural events year-round in Kauai, in parks, public places, and resorts including concerts of traditional (and contemporary) music, lei-making contests, and hula dancing (photo courtesy Kauai Visitors Bureau). There you can meet the revered Hawaiian elders of the community, affectionately known as kupuna, hear their stories, learn about the ways of the ancients, and watch cultural demonstrations.

Get a taste of it in December.

On Friday December 3 there is a craft fair in Lihue on the grounds of the Kaua'i Museum from 10am to 8pm including a bake sale, craft-making tent and Christmas display with free entertainment by choirs, halau and kupuna from 11am to 5pm. On the same day, after the lighting ceremony of the Festival of Lights at 6pm on the front steps of the Historic County Building with the Kauai Chorale and Santa leading a spectacular "Lighting Countdown", some 40 lighted parade entries from all over the island will take part in the popular Lights on Rice Parade from 6:30 to 9pm.

The Holiday Hula Christmas Celebration is on December 12 – a Hawaiian Christmas performance by Nah Hula O Kaohikukapulani (dance troupe), chants, hula and Christmas melodies. The night includes a silent auction and finger foods.

Waimea Town will be decked-out with holiday cheer in December. A brilliant wonderland of color and the spirit of fellowship are the hallmark of the annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade starting at 6pm, Saturday, December 18. Visit Waimea's parks, beaches and hiking trails; browse through Waimea's shops, eat dinner and enjoy the entertainment following the parade at Hofgaard Park. The event is free and visitors are welcome to join in this colorful community event.

For more information about top events in Hawaii take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Hawaii.

For more information on Kauai Festivals visit http://www.kauaifestivals.com/