There are many reasons to visit Lihue and Kauai in general.  Because this beautiful island has so much to offer, the annual events and festivals held in Kauai are sometimes overlooked. 

            For a taste of the local culture on the island, check out the Annual Kauai Polynesian Festival, held in late May every year during the Memorial Day weekend.  This event is both entertaining and educational.  Those that beforehand knew nothing about the cultural of Kauai will leave with loads of information about the Polynesian way of life.  The festival includes live performances, dance competitions, food events and craft sales.        

            The annual Coconut Festival in held at the beginning of each October in Kapaa Beach Park (just north of Lihue).  This event is all about (you guessed it) coconuts, and includes coconut pie eating contests, coconut cooking demonstrations and even a coconut-milk bar.  Visit the 2005 Festival Page for a recap of last year’s happenings.    

            The Aloha Center in Lihue holds an open Art Gallary every Tuesday.  This is a great place to browse for local arts and crafts, as well as talk to local artists (who sometimes teach classes).  Visit the Aloha Center for more information.

            For a calendar of events and festivals held on the island of Kauai, check out Events and Festivals .