KILAUEA — Construction in Kilauea Town is what sparked the relocation of Kilauea Art Night from downtown to Anaina Hou Community Park, home of Kauai Mini Golf.
The event has been shut down for two months, because of a shortage of parking spaces, but it’ll be up and running again in its new location on Friday.
“Anaina Hou Community Park offered to take it on and it’ll have a permanent home over there,” said Courtney Puig, who traditionally organizes the event. “We’re so grateful they stepped in and offered to support the event and take it on as their own.”
The event falls perfectly in line with Anaina Hou’s mission, according to Thomas Daubert, executive director of the organization, because Anaina Hou’s campus was designed with community gathering in mind.
“Anaina Hou was created to bring our community together for any number of events, so being able to partner and save something that’s a beloved part of the experience in Kilauea is exciting,” Daubert said.
Kilauea Night Market is usually on the last Saturday of every month, and in January that schedule will resume.
In December, though, the Friday night event will bring more than 40 local vendors together. Some are veterans to the event and a few newbies will be included as well.
“The artisans are by invitation and we like to allow new people to come in and share their work,” Puig said.
Local photographers, potters, artists and soap makers will be peddling their wares at Kilauea Night Market, along with local artisans who design clothing and make skincare products.
“There’s a rich community of local artisans on Kauai and the Kilauea Night Market is a way to celebrate that,” Puig said. “There are two food trucks, too, and some food — ono pops and kettle corn — and fresh kava.”
The event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m.
“With the holidays ahead, it’s a great way to support local artisans,” Puig said. “Especially since we haven’t had the opportunity to hold the event in the past two months.”