It is that time of the year again! The annual Lights on Rice St. Parade in Lihue. The parade route begins at Kalena St. and ends at the Kauai
Historic County Building. The festivities begin with Kauai Museum’s annual craft fair starting at 10:00 a.m. and the parade beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be Kauai’s local crafters, food booths and entertainment. It is free and open to the public.
Festival of Lights
Join Kauai’s community as they welcome the Holiday season with the traditional lighting of Kauai’s Historic County Building. The Historic County building was built in 1913 and is the oldest operating county building in the State of Hawaii. Each holiday season the County Building showcases the collection of a local Christmas folk artist, the late Auntie Josie Chansky.
For almost 20 years, Auntie Josie Chansky opened her home to the public on Kawaihau Rd. in Kapaa to display her unique Christmas decorations made out of everyday recycled materials, such as the toothpick Christmas tree, egg carton wreaths and ornaments made of bottle caps. I remember visiting “Auntie” Josie’s home when I was child. You could see her home brightly lit as you drove up Kawaihau Rd. It was such a magical place to visit each year. Her home was known throughout the island as “The Christmas House.” It became an island tradition for many local families to drive up to her home to see the wonderful display of Christmas decorations inside and outside her home. After her husband’s passing in 1996, Auntie Josie did not have the strength to continue setting up the annual display. The County of Kauai along with many community volunteers recognized the importance of this holiday tradition and decided to save the collection and display them at the Historic County Building.
The Festival of Lights will be open throughout December 24th. 6-8 PM Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus.