Kicking back on the beach while enjoying a beautiful Hawaiian sunset just may be the epitome of an ideal Hawaiian getaway. And to make it even more ideal, why not add a giant movie screen, some popcorn and a group of your closest friends to the mix? That’s what Waikiki has been doing for the past few years with its “Sunset on the Beach” event, a trend that has now made its way to Kaua’i.

“Movies in the Park” is a free event on the island’s south side at Poipu Beach Park. It usually happens during the week-long festivities celebrating Koloa town called Koloa Plantation Days. You can’t miss the huge movie screen and tented booths with vendors selling foods. And you especially can’t miss the crowd of people. We stumbled upon this event by accident this past summer. I could feel the excitement by the crowd anxiously awaiting their movie night treat. It wasn’t quite as crowded as Oahu’s “Sunset on the Beach” – where police officers are on patrol throughout the evening. But it was definitely crowded by Kauai’s standards.

The event under the stars is spearheaded by the Poipu Rotary Club in conjunction with the County of Kaua’i. Everything about it is locally-inspired, from the food to the volunteers. Koloa Elementary School families manned the food booths, so it was very likely that attendees knew someone there (“small island,” remember?). The event is great for kids as well; I believe the movie shown while we were there was Rango (2011).

I love this concept of watching a movie outdoors. It brings together communities and provides some free entertainment for families. Best of all, it allows locals and visitors to enjoy the beautiful islands in its natural and most pristine form.

MOVIE IN A PARK • Poipu Beach Park, Koloa, Kauai • Free movie shown on large outdoor screen


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