Holiday in Hawaii
‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the land
Every creature was dreaming, of being on island;
The travelers were searching for rentals with care,
In hopes that they all soon would be there.
Are you dreaming of a Tropical Christmas, or considering a trip to Hawaii anytime this holiday season? If so, check out Marina Hawaii Vacation’s list of top attractions on Oahu for this season:
1. Ice Skating at Ward Center
Who says Christmas in Hawaii has to be all beautiful beaches and balmy breezes? If you are in search of a White Christmas, head to the shiny new Ward Village Ice Rink for 4,200 square feet of frozen fun. Refreshments are available for purchase, and the Ward Shopping Center provides day-long entertainment and shopping for all ages. Easily accessible by car or city bus.
WHERE: Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building) 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96814
WHEN: Open Nov. 27 to Jan. 10
COST: $15 per person for one-and-a-half hours of skating (skate rental included, tickets available at the rink)
For more information on The Ward Village Ice Rink, hours of operations and event, visit: http://www.wardvillageshops.com/icerink
2. Honolulu City Lights Tree Lighting at Honolulu Hale
Head downtown for an evening of holiday cheer at the annual tree lighting ceremony! Food booths open at 4:00 pm, followed by the tree lighting ceremony and an exciting electric light parade, beginning at 6:00 pm. Stick around for the holiday concert featuring popular local artist, KAPENA, at 7:30 pm. Free photos with Santa and rides for the kids are sure to get everyone in the Aloha, holiday spirit. Festivities continue until 11:00 pm; fun for all ages, and easily accessible by city bus and car.
WHERE: Honolulu Hale (City Hall) 530 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813
WHEN: 12/05/15 4:00 pm- 11:00 pm
For more information on the tree lighting ceremony, visit: honolulucitylights.org.
3. Haleiwa Christmas Parade
Historic Haleiwa town hosts one of the most popular Christmas parades on all of Oahu. Take a beautiful drive up to the North Shore by bus or car to catch this charming event. Around 500 marchers, 45 vehicles, 5 floats and 3 bands are expected. The parade begins at Weed Circle and continues on to Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa Town, and ends at Haleiwa Beach Park. Since this is an evening parade, it allows for a day spent at one of the many beautiful beaches along the North Shore beforehand.
WHERE: Weed Circle, Haleiwa to Haleiwa Beach Park 62-449 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
WHEN: 12/11/15 6:00 pm
For more information on the Haleiwa parade, visit: www.GoNorthShore.org
4. Breakfast with Hawaiian Santa
Come say, “Mele Kalikimaka” to Santa at the Outrigger Reef on the beach! A buffet breakfast, photos, face painting, balloon art, and the beautiful backdrop of Paradise make this a memorable day with Santa. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, steamed white rice, country fried potatoes, crispy bacon, portuguese sausage, assorted pastries, fresh fruits, cereal and coffee, milk or juice. So ono (delicious)! Reservations are required. Please call (808)-924-4990.
WHERE: Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort 2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
COST: $27.00 per adult (includes tax, tip, and photo with Santa;) $14.00 per child 5 – 11 years; children 4 years and younger eat free; Validated valet parking is $5 per car.
For more information on Breakfast with Hawaiian Santa, visit: http://www.outrigger.com/events/oahu-waikiki/2015-breakfast-with-santa-orf
5. The Amy Hanaiali’i & Willie K Holiday Show
Award-winning Hawaiian musicians Amy Hanaiali`i and Willie K collaborate this season to share beautiful renditions of popular Holiday songs with you. The concert features a full band, and master of ceremonies Rodney Villaneuva. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear two talented musicians performing many of your favorites, including Willie K.’s famous version of “O’ Holy Night.”
WHERE: Hawaii Theatre Center 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813
WHEN: 12/18/15 and 12/19/15 at 7:30 pm; 12/20/15 at 4:00 pm
COST: Tickets range from $22-$67
For more information on The Amy Hanaialii & Willi K Holiday Show, visit: http://www.hawaiitheatre.com/events/
6. New Year’s Fireworks over Waikiki
The only thing better than a Fireworks Display on New Year’s Eve is a Fireworks Display over the Ocean, viewed from Waikiki. Over 100,000 people on Oahu watch this spectacular show every year. Beginning at 11:55 pm, one firework per minute is lit off until one minute before midnight. At this point, Honolulu turns its gaze to Waikiki, and its radios to Hawaiian 105 KINE FM to hear the Fireworks by Grucci musical accompaniment. When the clock strikes midnight, a dazzling assortment of fireworks will light up the sky and water to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”. Over the next 10-12 minutes, around 1,800 fireworks herald the New Year in the shape of palm trees, sparkling fans, falling leaves, strobes, rings, brocades and more. The renowned Grucci Grand Finale is the crown jewel of this popular event.
WHERE: Visible from anywhere along Waikiki Beach, and from the Ilikai Hotel, Ilikai Marina, Yacht Harbor, and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and Beach.
WHEN: 12/31/15 11:55 pm
For more information on New Year’s Fireworks over Waikiki, visit: http://www.waikikiimprovement.com/waikiki-calendar-of-events/waikiki-new-year-s-fireworks
Many other exciting events occur on Oahu throughout the holiday season, such as the world famous Honolulu Marathon, surf competitions, and various parades and tree lighting ceremonies. For a list of more holiday activities, please visit: http://gohawaii.about.com/od/festivals/a/christmas-events-on-oahu.htm
We hope to see you in Waikiki soon!