16th Annual Coconut Festival 2012 - Main Event
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 - 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, October 7th, 2012 - 10 AM to 4 PM
Kapaa Beach Park (next to the Library)
Welcome to the 16th Annual Kauai Coconut Festival!
Are you ready to immerse yourself in all things coconut? There is something for everyone at this year's festival: entertainment, cultural displays and experiences, shopping, history, games, cooking demonstrations, contests and food...did we mention the FOOD???
This annual festival is presented by, "The Kapa'a Business Association" (KBA). It is the association's most visible event, and at the heart of our mission: to promote, preserve and enhance the quality of life and business along the Royal Coconut Coast. We hope that you will take away a new respect for our most revered fruit, a greater understanding of this special area, and happy memories of a fun day.
History of the Royal Coconut Coast
The Wailua River was considered an extremely important area to Hawaiians and their Ali'i, or royalty. It's clear, based on the type and extent of the many ancient archeological features here, that this area was indeed sacred to the Hawaiians.
With the arrival of westerners, the use of the Coconut Coast region became an important sugar cane, rice and pineapple growing area. The plantations began cultivating groves of coconut trees along the coast in hopes that copra, the dried meat that produces oil, would be a viable crop. The many coconut trees along Kuhio Highway from Wailua to Kapa'a are left-over from the old plantations and this area's significance to the Kaua'i Ali'i give the corridor its distinctive Royal Coconut Coast name.
History of the Festival
16 years ago, Bob Bartolo, a long-time member and director of KBA, started what was then a small festival celebrating the coconut, local artists, entertainers and cooks. As time has passed the festival has grown into the east-side's signature event.
Over the years we've had many TV shows feature the Coconut Festivalfor example Jennifer Bushman, host of the west coast syndicated television show "Nothing to it" filmed her show and featured 6 of Kauai's best chefs in our first cooking demonstration area. In 2003 the festival was featured on the Food Network's "All American Festivals" program.
The festival offers non-stop entertainment on a main stage, keiki (children's) stage, cooking demonstrations by Kauai's best chefs, the largest gathering of Kauai artisans (featuring certified Kauai Made Vendors), crafters and Polynesian products of any festival, kooky coconut games, pie eating contests, local folks competing to win a coconut cook-off contest, hands-on activities, an area dedicated to teaching the uses and by-products of this unusual seed, cultural and historical presentations, hands-on activities, and everything you can imagine to eat made with...Coconut!