LIHUE, Hawaii – Lihue’s popular annual event, the family-oriented Rice Street Block Party, will shut down Rice Street with live entertainment, fun activities and keiki rides, food trucks and more. It returns on October 29 from 4pm to 8pm
“This event aims to bring our community together in our revitalized Rice Street neighborhood to experience arts, culture, food, shopping, entertainment and learn more about our Lihue Civic Center Mobility Plan and Kauai’s Climate Adaptation Plan currently under development are in the planning stages,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said.
“The first Rice Street Block Party was held in 2017 to help our community envision what our proposed Rice Street improvements at the time would look like. Now that our mobility and revitalization project for downtown Lihue is complete, we can see first-hand how far we’ve come,” continued Mayor Kawakami.
Longtime radio personality Ron Wiley will host the entire event on the HMSA Rice Street stage with Cruz Control, Kawaiola Productions and Kapena. The Rice Shopping Center is home to muralists making art, food vendors, artisans, a vintage car show, and an electric vehicle exhibit. Visit Kress Street for more live murals, food trucks and performers, as well as performances by Cory Mira.
The CPB Keiki Stage will feature performances by Taiko drums, Kapaa Middle School Choir, Bandwagon Music Center and CKMS Choir. There’s more fun for Keiki with a climbing wall, whirling birds, bungee trampoline at the Keiki Zone Games, and a dedicated Play Streets Games area on Rice St.
Rice Street between Umi and Kalena Streets and Kress Street between Rice and Halenani Streets are closed from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Umi, Hardy and Kalena streets will remain open during the event.
Public parking is free at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall and the Lihue Civic Center. The Kauai bus will also be available and will offer complimentary island-wide service on October 29th.
Sarah Yamanaka covers events, environmental and community news for Spectrum News Hawaii.