HOLIDAYS IN HAWAII
- “Hui Holidays” artisan showcase returns with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list from Nov. 21 through Dec. 24 on the island of Maui. During the holiday season, the Hui Gallery gift shop at Kaluanui will be open daily from 9-4 p.m. and has expanded to include even more one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters like paintings, ceramic pieces, hand-blown glass work, locally made beauty products, holiday ornaments and more. HuiNoeau.com
- Eat what you harvest this Thanksgiving at KapohoKine Adventures‘ first-ever Thanksgiving Nohona Hawaii special event on the island of Hawaii. Guests will harvest kalo (taro) from KapohoKine Adventures’ mala (garden) along with other canoe plants and traditional vegetables. They will also learn how to prepare kalo for planting, harvesting and cooking. After a cooking demonstration, guests will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner incorporating several of the ingredients harvested. Thanksgiving Nohona Hawaii will be held on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), from 9:30-4:30 p.m., and is $499 per person, plus tax. Event attendance will be limited to 10 participants. KapohoKine.com
- The Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans in memory of the attacks. This year, the parade will be held on the island of Oahu on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with local Hawaii bands, over 30 marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials and dignitaries marching down Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach. WaikikiHolidayParade.com
- Hilton Waikoloa Village invites island of Hawaii visitors and residents to enjoy the holiday season with alii-style treatment. Embrace the feel of aloha with two festive celebrations offering a menu of seasonal fare and live entertainment. Reserve a seat at the resort’s Water’s Edge Ballroom for Thanksgiving Day dinner, happening Nov. 24 from 3-7:30 p.m., and Christmas Day dinner on Dec. 25. HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com
- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the island of Hawaii will celebrate its 23rd annual Charity Trees at Mauna Lani holiday season display from Dec. 2-28. Visitors will find the hotel’s lobby filled with colorfully adorned trees decorated by local non-profit organizations. A $1 donation allows visitors a single vote for their favorite tree. The hotel will award $3,500 in prizes to the winners, with monies raised from voting donations shared among the remaining organizations. On New Year’s Eve, a buffet dinner at the hotel’s Canoe House restaurant will be followed by an oceanside party and fireworks at midnight. MaunaLani.com
- The 20th Annual Festival of Lights kicks off with an opening ceremony on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Kauai’s Historic County Building. The park will be open from 6-8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Dec. 24. Additionally, families will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause in the park on Christmas Eve from 6-8 p.m. The festival features a collection of Christmas folk art created by local Kauai artisans from recycled materials. KauaiFestivalOfLights.com
- The Rotary Club of Kauai presents The Lights on Rice Parade on Dec. 2 to welcome the holiday season. The parade starts when the Festival of Lights illuminates the Historic County Building at 6 p.m. followed by a procession of vehicles adorned in lights traveling up Rice Street. Rice Street will be transformed into one of Kauai’s largest attractions and will feature a craft fair, food vendors and more. LightsOnRice.org
- The annual Honolulu City Lights event on Oahu will light up downtown Honolulu on Dec. 3 and will be open nightly through Dec. 30. The event will begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. at Honolulu Hale, followed by The Electric Light Parade. The parade begins at Aala Park and makes its way down King Street through Downtown Honolulu. Honolulu Hale and the grounds of the Civic Center will be transformed into a stunning display of lights, decorated trees, and wreaths on display for all to see. The event will feature food booths, photos with Santa Claus, a holiday concert and keiki (child) rides available for entertaining the whole family. HonoluluCityLights.org
- The Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will hold the 28th Annual Christmas on the island of Hawaii with the Chefs culinary event on Dec. 3. Guests will gather in the evening at the hotel’s luau grounds overlooking Kamakahonu Bay to enjoy tantalizing dishes by more than 20 Hawaii chefs, along with live music and a silent auction. Tickets for this annual culinary scholarship benefit are $85 per person if purchased in advance, and $90 per person if purchased at the door. The Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is also offering special room rates for event guests. KonaBeachHotel.com
- The Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade on the island of Hawaii will celebrate its 56th run on Dec. 3. Themed “Starlight Christmas,” festivities will include a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki (children) to kupuna (elders) including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to ride in the parade and visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court following the parade’s conclusion.
- Kauai’s Annual Holiday Hula celebration will take place on Dec. 4 from 4-9 p.m. at the Kauai Marriott Resort. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza, the dancers and musicians offer the spirit of the holidays through a variety of dance and musical presentations ranging from kahiko (traditional style) to auana (contemporary styling). There will be a craft fair, bake sale and foods sale starting at 4 p.m., door prizes, and a Christmas Ornament contest.
- The 2nd annual Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace will be held on Dec. 10-11 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on Oahu. This one-stop local holiday shop offers visitors and residents alike an opportunity to find unique holiday gifts showcasing local food products, arts and crafts, apparel, jewelry, and more. This festival will feature a winter wonderland with real snow effect, food samplings from gourmet specialty exhibitors, hands on keiki (child) crafts and over 100 exhibitors. MeleKalikimakaMarketplace.com
- Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning artists Amy Hanaialii and Willie K will once again grace the stages of the Hawaii Theatre on Oahu for their annual holiday tradition on Dec. 16-18. The “Amy and Willie K Holiday show” features two of Hawaii’s most popular and top selling artists and will highlight holiday classics showcasing their diverse musical backgrounds. HawaiiTheatre.com
- Holiday traditions await you while vacationing on Maui at Destination Residences Hawaii. Fresh, decorated Christmas trees and Protea floral wreaths with delivery and setup can be pre-arranged prior to arrival. Holiday meals of turkey, ham or prime rib – with all the trimmings – can be pre-ordered to enjoy around the dinner table in each vacation residence. From a one-bedroom residence with a golf-front view at Wailea Grand Champions to a three-bedroom luxury ocean view villa at Wailea Beach Villas, the perfect holiday home awaits. DestinationResidencesHawaii.
- A tree lighting ceremony, Santa arriving on Hawaiian voyaging canoe and a gingerbread village built by na keiki (children) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui are all reasons to celebrate the holidays in Hawaii. The month of December 2016 is themed `Tis the Season of Aloha’ at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on the tropical island of Maui. Grand Wailea always celebrates the holiday season with aloha, as many of the December month-long activities and programs benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui. GrandWailea.com
- On Dec. 10, families are invited to celebrate the holidays at the Third Annual Holiday Tree lighting on the historical grounds of MauiWine on Maui. The tall pine trees combined with that holiday “chill in the air” makes upcountry perfect for bundling-up Maui-style and celebrating the holiday season. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the holiday tree after sunset followed by a movie under the stars. Plenty of activities including live entertainment, holiday crafts for kids, photos and Santa Claus and more. Admission is free. MauiWine.com
- Holiday season meets beach season at Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui this winter. Guests may enjoy Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Family Game Night, Sunset with Santa, Poolside Magic Show and culinary delights. Indulge in a tropical getaway in style while staying in one of their exclusive residences; their perfect family accommodations feature expansive living spaces, gourmet kitchens and much more. MontageHotels.com
- 2016 will be a “white Christmas” on Maui as Queen Kaahumanu Center transforms into a giant snow globe from Dec. 1-24. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Dec. 1-24, visitors to the Queen Kaahumanu Center will be treated to real-life snowfalls. The interactive snowfall experience will occur at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with each snowfall lasting ten minutes. No need to “go out in the storm” as Maui residents and visitors can enjoy a white, frosty winter wonderland while wearing board shorts and slippahs (flip-flops). QueenKaahumanuCenter.com
- Poipu Beach Park on Kauai will celebrate New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. in celebration of the successes of 2016 and future prosperity of 2017. This ocean-side event includes food trucks, live entertainment or a movie in the park, activities for the keiki (children) and a spectacular display of fireworks. This event is free and open to the public.
- Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu presents New Year’s Eve Celebration, “Interstellar,” on Dec. 31. Four DJs and live entertainment will be featured at three of the hotel venues (RumFire, Helumoa Pool and the Infinity Edge Pool) to provide for the best viewing of the midnight fireworks. The Helumoa Pool will be transformed into the “Champagne Room,” an exclusive area for up to 300 people for $200 per person. Tickets will be available starting Nov. 1. Presale admission tickets costs $85 through Dec. 20, $100 for regular-priced, and $50 if purchased after midnight on Jan. 1. HonoluluBoxOffice.com
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