Art Nights on Kauai: impressive sights, sounds and tastes abound
Kaua‘i naturally inspires beauty, so it should come as no surprise that artists abound. Creative crafters of all things beautiful, including paintings, photography, jewelry, clothes and culinary delights, regularly gather for art night celebrations around the island. These events give local artists a chance to showcase and sell their products, in addition to exchanging pleasantries with patrons and passers-by.
Hanapepe Friday Night Festival and Art Walk
Hanapepe Art Walk started in the 1990s when several artists wanted to develop a way to draw more people into their businesses. The event has since grown to include food trucks, street vendors and musical entertainment. The historic westside location, also known as “Kaua‘i’s Biggest Little Town,” is home to more than a dozen galleries that each have something artistically unique to offer. Festivities occur every Friday evening and galleries stay open late from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Old Town Kapa‘a Art Walk
Arguably the largest of the celebrations is the Old Kapa‘a Town Art Walk held every first Saturday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Businesses stay open late and multiple vendors set up shop along Kuhio Highway with various keepsakes like jewels, wood carvings and professional photographs. Food trucks also dot this portion of the Royal Coconut Coast, offering everything from Mexican to Hawaiian-style dishes. You might even feel the urge to break out in dance as you walk along the sidewalks, since musicians often grace fans with their tunes during this festive evening.
Princeville Night Market
Every second Sunday of the month, the Princeville Night Market takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The north shore event is set at the Princeville Shopping Center and is a good bet for finding one-of-a-kind, locally made souvenirs while listening to live local music and tasting delicious food. The festivities give artists who reside in this more remote location a chance to present their work.
No matter which side of the island you’re on, there is an art night nearby where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind pieces made by local artists, delicious grinds and entertainment.
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