Aloha Kauai Island! If you're lucky enough to be in Hawaii in May, get yourself along to this day festival for Hula, handicrafts and more.
- When? 13th May 2017
- Where? Kauai, Hawaii
- Price: $5
If your life is more Hula Hoops than Hulu dancers it's time to head to Hawaii, specifically to the annual May Day by the Bay at Waiʽoli Beach Park. We hope you packed your grass skirt and coconut bra...
A celebration of Hawaiian culture, community and identity, the festival encourages spectators to embrace the traditions of Hawaiian life alongside May Day celebrations. Located on Kauai Island, the day features a jam-packed schedule of events running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Combining the very best that the local population has to offer - including music, Hula, cultural shows and creative arts - the celebration is about embracing native traditions whilst also welcoming visitors. Established in 1981, the original festival was formed to allow a creative space for Kauai Islanders to make music and celebrate Hula traditions.
Since then (apart from an eight year break between 1993 and 2011) the event has continued to grow in popularity and now draws in residents from across the 'Garden Isle' as Kauai Island is fondly known (thanks to its huge covering of rain forest).
For those keen to get a taste of the much-loved local cuisine, there are a delicious selection of dishes available. The pick of the bunch is ono, which literally translates as 'good to eat', a melt in your mouth fish (a bit like mackerel) that is served marinated, grilled or stuffed with spiced sauces.
If you're looking to support the local community while picking up a unique souvenir then make sure you participate in the May Day by the Bay Silent Auction. The event's closing ceremony - a beautiful and well-rehearsed cultural Hula - is the perfect way to round off the day.
A great way to enjoy the event is to tie it in with a day excursion or weekend trip to the island - the abundance of natural beauty, authentic eateries and small, traditional villages sum up perfectly Hawaii's culture and climate. Just make sure you reserve accommodation well in advance though - you don't want your weekend plans to be flatter than a squashed packet of Walker's.
- Get there: Fly to Lihue Airport (LIH) and then drive to Wai'oli Town Park on Kuhio Highway where you can park and take a shuttle bus to the festival.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Hanalei to be nearby, or try Pinceville.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!