Q: Is this event all ages?
A: Yes – all ages are welcome!
Q: Where should we stay?
A: Big wave surfing is big here but couch surfing isn’t. Like all tourist destinations, Kauai has lots of options for visitors and plenty of average people with very different opinions have reviewed them all on the Internet. We recommend looking at hotels or rental properties in Princeville, Hanalei, Kapaa, or Poipu.
Q: Do I need a passport?
A: This is not a stupid question! After all, Kauai is the more remote of the Hawaiian islands and it feels remarkably different than, say, New Jersey. But it’s still the United States of America. A valid driver’s license is all you need to board your flight and/or get into the island’s many, many sports bars, Irish pubs, and dance halls.
Q: Does “Aloha” mean more than just hello or goodbye?
A: Yes. “Aloha” is a concept that can be used to convey feelings of warmth, grace, compassion, and inclusion. Example: “How’d you get that sandwich?” “The spirit of aloha brought it to me!”
Q: Will The Big Swell play one or two sets?
A: Answer: Who’s to say? Nobody has ever seen them play before. We can’t even tell you how good they are. (Hint: Extremely good. And PS: probably!)
Q: What kind of clothes should I pack?
A: The kind that Jimmy Buffet adores and that Hunter S. Thompson wrote about. Those are good here. Ever take note of Billy’s tie-dyes or Bobby’s shorts? Those work too. But whatever your fashion cue, light and breathable clothes like short-sleeves and swimming trunks will have you dressing like a local. Recommended: one “just-in-case” light hoodie or long-sleeve outerwear and a pair of jeans or trousers.
Q: What kind of shoes?
A: Ugh, leave your UGGs at home. Flip-flops or sandals (“slippahs”) are all the rage and for good reason. Unless you plan on hiking, you’ll never need to wear anything else. On your feet, we mean.
Q: Will it rain?
A: Bring rain gear and make sure any electronics are water-resistant or else placed in properly protective cases. Or just bring a bowl of rice for when we told you so: Kauai is home to the eighth wettest area on earth (Mt. Waialeale).
Q: Wait. Does that mean the show could be postponed due to weather?
A: No way, Debbie. Like the mailman, rain showers swing by often but don’t really linger. And the concert area itself is covered by a tent. Really, don’t worry about it: the Grateful Dead control the weather, ‘member?
Q: Will cell phones work?
A: As long as you paid your bill on time. If your plan covers the United States of America, then you should be good. But, like, you know: check with your provider or search online. And like all tucked-away places, service can be spotty in spots for sure. If you experience a Dead zone… dance!!
Q: Is there a schedule?
A: Sorta. We think the lineup will go in this order: Island Grass, Taj Mahal, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, The Big Swell (feat. Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, and friends), followed by a late-night set hosted by DJ Logic… but as Jerry said about pouring ketchup: “All good things in all good time.” He did say that about ketchup, right?
Q: Where will I receive my merchandise gifts?
A: We will have a VIP check-in for you at the venue on the day of the show. This is where you will pick up your merchandise. Merchandise cannot be shipped post-show. We will send out an informational email with all of the event details about 1 week prior to the show. Please be sure to bring a valid photo identification.
Q: How do I get around the island?
A: With loose lips. But also: taxis and ride shares can be few and far between on da island, especially during holidays. We recommend renting a car ASAP. To find out how, talk to Siri, Alexa, or Mackenzie. We’re not sure who Mackenzie is though — ask Peter Maldonado. Note: Even with the island’s aloha spirit, you still gotta play by street smarts. Don’t leave any valuables, pets, small humans, or members of New Kids on the Block unsupervised in your rental car.
Q: Where is the show?
A: The Crazy Rooster Ranch. The exact address and directions will be sent to ticket buyers. (Or try this: go to your local bodega. buy a hard boiled egg, and tell them you’re part of the scavenger hunt. Please let us know if that works.)
Q: What’s the closest airport?
A: That’s easy — there’s only one. And it goes by the initials LIH. (Lihue, HI).
Q: When should I arrive?
A: Well…Once you’re on the road, it could take up to an hour to get to the venue from the airport, and that’s assuming Falda doesn’t want to stop at the fish market on the way there. He’s a real poke man, that one. (And what do you want to bet he’ll want to check into the hotel first, too?)
Q: Will there be food and beverage available for purchase at the event?
A: Of course!
Q: Are there ATMs?
A: Not at the venue, so bring cash. Hey, what does ATM stand for, again? Well, anyway, there are plenty of automated teller machines on the island itself.
Q: What if I want to tape the show?
A: Scotch tape is bad for the environment and masking tape is unsightly. Do as you will, but don’t worry — we’re recording it!! Much love to the tapers!!
Q: What if I want to photograph the show?
A: You know your cell phone can double as a camera, right? Small personal cameras are also allowed but be sensible. None of the big stuff, big shot.
Q: What happened to the family cat?
A: Ask the Family Dog.
Q: What if I change my mind and no longer need my tickets?
A: All tickets are non-refundable. Please refer to the Purchase Policy for complete details.
Q: Anything I forgot?
A: We can’t remember. But we can tell you that Kauai is a very relaxed and informal place that values respect — for other people as well as nature. This means bringing not just peace but also quiet (when and where appropriate), patience, and an awareness that you are a guest on the island. If you forget that, local legend has it that you’ll be sacrificed to The Big Wu. (And by “local legend,” we mean a Hollywood film from 1990 staring Tom Hanks).