CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT MARKET CITY
Tuesday Dec 2 – 6:30pm
City Shopping Center will ring in the holiday season with its annual tree
lighting festivities. The event will feature the inflation of the
32-foot-tall Santa Claus, lighting of the landmark monkey pod tree and
concert by singer Danny Couch. For more information call 524-6441.
MILILANI HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Thursday Dec 4 – 10am
from the Mililani High School Chorus will be presenting a Christmas
Concert in the lobby of the Pacific Beach Hotel. For more information call
HAWAIIAN CEREMONY FOR
Thursday Dec 4 – 3pm
traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony for competitors in the
“Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau” big wave surfing event will be
held on the beach at the memorial stone of legendary big wave rider and
Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard, Eddie Aikau - the namesake of the event.
The event is held annually in his memory and this ceremony signals the
start of the holding period (Dec 5 thru Feb 28). For more information call
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES CRAFT SHOW
Friday Dec 5 to 7 – 10am to 5pm
The 49th Annual
Festival of Trees craft show and sale benefiting the Queen’s Medical
Center Auxiliary will feature custom-decorated trees and an exciting array
of beautiful, handmade holiday decorations, including intricately crafted
Christmas shadow boxes. Festival is located at the Ward Warehouse, 2nd
Floor Conference Rooms. For more information call 547-4397.
KANEOHE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday Dec 6 – 9am to 10:30am
annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade is a great way to welcome in the holiday
season. The parade begins at the Windward Mall, heads into Kaneohe on
Kamehameha Highway and ends at Castle High School. It will include local
school bands, marching units, floats and of course, Santa. For more
information call 845-4111.
HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS OPENING CEREMONIES & PARADE
Saturday Dec 6 – 4pm
annual Christmas event starts with children’s entertainment and food
booths on the lawn of Honolulu Hale. At 6:00 p.m., the Public Workers
Holiday Season Parade begins at Aala Park and travels 4 blocks to Honolulu
Hale, passing in front of City Hall at 6:30 p.m., precisely the time the
big Christmas tree on the lawn and the lights in the downtown corridor are
lit. Santa arrives at 7:30 p.m., and there is a Christmas concert on the
lawn from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. For more information call 523-2489.
CHORAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Saturday Dec 6 – 7pm to 8:30pm
The Hawaii Pacific
University International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble will present the 2nd
Annual “Christmas Around the World,” holiday concert. The groups will
join together to sing holiday music from Spain, Austria, China, Puerto
Rico, Great Britain, South Africa, North America, Korea, Latvia, among
others. The event is free, and will take place at St. Andrew’s Cathedral
in Honolulu. For more information call Susan 544-1127.
CANCER RESEARCH FUNDRAISER
Saturday Dec 6 – 7pm to 10pm
Factory, at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, will be hosting its Very
Grand Opening to benefit the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of
Hawaii. The “friends” will receive 100% of all ticket sales for the
event. For tickets and more information call 524-6441 ext 22.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Saturday Dec 6 & 7 – 9am to 4pm
The 29th Annual
Pacific Handcrafters Guild Christmas Festival will be held at Thomas
Square Park. The festival will feature fine arts & crafts, these
include pottery, wood, clothing, glass, jewelry, seed leis, Japanese style
bags, polymer clay art, folk art, metal sculpture, miniature Hawaiian hula
ornaments & fish hook pendants. For more information call 841-0171.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS SALE
Sunday Dec 7 – 10am to 6pm
Gallery and Gifts will be hosting their annual Cowboy Christmas Sale at
the gallery in Waimanalo (41-1025 Kalanianaole Hwy). The sale will include
artwork, books, handmade Christmas ornaments and Santa will be there too.
For more information call Patrick 259-5354.
TOYS FOR TOTS RUN
Sunday Dec 7 – 10am
The Street Bikers
United 30th Annual Toy for Tots Run will support the needy children of
Hawaii. All SBU members and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to
attend and participate in the parade. Meet at Magic Island at 10:00 a.m.,
the parade will leave at 3:00 p.m. heading down Kalakaua Ave. through
Waikiki. For more information call 291-3370.
Sunday Dec 7 – 10am & 1pm
The Neal Blaisdell
Center Exhibition Hall will once again be filled with laughter, delight,
and lots and lots of gingerbread as the 4th Annual Gingerbread festival
returns for the holiday. The festival is produced by Easter Seals Hawaii
and is a wonderful opportunity for friends and family members to get
together and enjoy the enchantment of the holidays. For reservations (call
as soon as possible) and more information call 536-1015.
HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS TROLLEY TOURS
Sunday Dec 7 to 30 – evenings
The annual trolley
tours give you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the thousands of
twinkling lights and festive holiday displays throughout downtown
Honolulu. The tours begin at the Victoria Ward Center (Auahi Street
trolley station). Tickets can be purchased at the Ward Warehouse Customer
Info booth; proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Hawaii
Foodbank. The trolley will not run on December 24 or 25. For information
Monday Dec 8 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
meditation workshop, “Stress reduction for the Holiday Season” will be
conducted by Dr. Dean Nelson at WindHorse HealthCare, 970 N. Kalaheo Ave.
#C135. For information call 254-5577.
DEAF SANTA CELEBRATION
Thursday Dec 11 – 10am to Noon
state’s only deaf and signing Santa will be at Pearlridge Uptown (2nd
floor) to celebrate the holiday season with over 100 deaf and
hard-of-hearing keiki from around the state. For more information call
WAIMANALO CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday Dec 13 – 10am to 11am
The parade will
begin at Waimanalo District Park and end at Waimanalo Beach Park. This
year’s parade will include school bands, marching units and Santa. For
more information call 259-7342.
KAPOLEI CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday Dec 13 –
5:30pm to 6:30pm
As part of the
Sunset on the Planes, the annual Kapolei Christmas Electric Light Parade
will travel from Kapolei Hale to the Kapolei Fairgrounds. It will feature
Santa in an airplane, a variety of well-lighted vehicles, marching bands,
(including the Royal Hawaiian Band), and other surprises. For more
information call 349-5992.
HAWAII AVIATION CELEBRATION
Saturday Dec 13 & 14
– 10am to 4pm
celebration will be celebrating 100 years of flight and 93 years of flight
in Hawaii. The event will be held at Kalaeloa Airport and will feature a
spectacular air show; a display of military, commercial, and civilian
aircraft; and historical and educational aviation exhibits, including a
Wright Brothers flyer flight simulator and Wright Brothers flyer replica
operating engine. For more information call 838-8712.
Sunday Dec 14 – 5am
The 31st Annual
Honolulu Marathon will run through Honolulu, Waikiki, Kahala, Hawaii Kai
and Diamond Head. The finish line will be near the bandstand in Kapiolani
Park, the first finishers will be expected to cross the finish line just
after 7am. For more information call 734-7200.
Friday Dec 19 – 7pm
present their 33rd annual Christmas Water Show in the beautiful and
historic pool at the downtown YMCA (1040 Richards St.). The show will
feature synchronized swimming set to modern, Hawaiian and classical music
– the routines are cute, glamorous, loaded with sparkle and will feature
at least one real-live mermaid. For information call 538-3255.
Sunday Dec 28 – 9am to 2pm
Come and experience the Japanese culture of mochi pounding at the
annual Mochitsuki Festival held at the Honbushin International Center
(95-030 Waihonu St., Mililani). Families can actually take part in the
pounding and shaping of mochi. Free samples will be available for tasting.
For more information 623-7693