Celebrating our country’s independence on the beautiful island of Kauai is an observance that isn’t like any other. The annual Fourth of July celebration on the sunny west side is a time to bring family and friends together to honor the men, women, and families of those who have served, who continue to serve, and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Come celebrate our country’s freedom in the beautiful town of Kekaha, where a variety of crafts, hula, and cultural demonstrations, along with exhibits, will entertain and educate the whole family for hours. There is also a plantation museum, lots of fun game booths, and rides for the keiki (children).
The day begins early at H.P. Faye Park in the Kekaha Neighborhood Center at 6:30 a.m. with the Max Agor Memorial Fun Run. After you finish the race, you can enjoy a fantastic breakfast.
At 10 a.m., a traditional Hawaiian Blessing is made to kick-off the day’s festivities full of contests, a talent show, food and beverage booths, inflatables, slides, games, chances to win prizes, and a whole lot more.
A spectacular fireworks show set to music will blast off at sunset to end the day in honor of those who have served – and continue to serve – in the Armed Forces.
Visitors who attend the celebration say the town of Kekaha makes you feel like you are part of something larger – one big ohana (family). Everyone knows everyone, and if you are a visitor, you too will soon feel you’re part of the ohana.
Some of the booths set up for the Independence Day celebration may bring back memories as old artifacts used in everyday life decades ago are displayed. The food booths have items on the menu you can’t go without tasting. Some of the local favorites include the “pronto pups” (similar to corn dogs, but dipped in a pancake batter before going into the deep fryer) and “flying saucers” (like a sloppy joe between two pieces of buttered bread, toasted over a fire).
The musicians and dancers really interact with the crowd. The entire observance is one that will leave you in awe. Quite possibly the neatest part about the festival is that the proceeds from it benefit the local children and their causes.