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in Hawaii it’s easy to forget when the holidays are just around the corner; while
much of the world is preparing for a white Christmas, we are lounging on the
lanais sipping mai tais in the sun. Okay, maybe we don’t spend every day in
paradise relaxing, but we want to make sure you do while you’re on vacation!
So, we’ve compiled a list of Oahu’s top events for the month of December. From
holiday parades to historic celebrations to world class surf competitions,
there is something for everyone!



Vans World Cup
Of Surfing

Nov. 24 – Dec. 6

Sunset Beach

As the second event in the
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing attracts big wave
surfers from every corner of the globe. Grab your sunscreen and binoculars and
head out to sunset beach to watch the action. For more information, visit


Honolulu City Lights

Dec. 5

Honolulu Hale

This annual celebration kicks
off with the parade and tree lighting ceremony at the Honolulu Hale (City
Hall). Large statues and light structures decorate the entire property for a
month, creating a cheerful and exciting holiday spectacle viewable for the
whole season. On opening night there are rides for the keiki as well as food
vendors. Festivities begin at 4 pm. Visit for more information.



Billabong Pipe

Dec. 8-20

Banzai Pipeline

The Billabong Pipe Masters is
the third event in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfind, as wells as the last event
for the  WSL Men’s World Tour. The
pipeline is world famous for its beautiful barrel waves, and for all the fans
on the beach it’s popular too since the break is closer to the shoreline.

For more information, visit


75th Anniversary of Pearl

Dec. 1-11


This year the
entire country commemorates the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
What better place to memorialize and learn than Pearl Harbor itself? Various
services and performances will be featured at Pearl Harbor and throughout Oahu
from December 1-11. Visit for more information.



Honolulu Marathon

Dec. 11


Whether you’re a part of the
race or watching from the sidelines, you can’t miss one of the biggest
marathons in the world, and one of the biggest annual events on the island.
Visit for more information.




For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or


Susie Bowman



Sting Live in Concert

November 4


Tickets are
still on sale to see Sting live in concert. Visit
for tickets and more information



Honolulu Fashion Week

November 10 –
November 13


This annual
event returns to the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu to feature both
international and local designers. Three days of events, boutiques, and runway
shows will celebrate design, beauty, and Aloha in a way only Hawaii can. Visit
for more information.



Anuhea & Friends at the Blue Note

November 22 –
November 27


Head over to the
Blue Note Hawaii to hear this renowned local artist as she returns home to the
islands after touring and selling out across the U.S. Visit
for tickets and information.



Waikiki Holiday Parade

November 25


Get a head start
on the Holidays and commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl
Harbor at this special annual parade through downtown Waikiki. The parade
begins at 7 pm and features over 30 local and mainland bands, as well as
officials and military units marching and performing in honor of veterans and
survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The parade begins at Fort DeRussy Park
and continues along Kalakaua Ave until it ends at Kapiolani Park. Visit
for more details.



Mariah Carey & Jussie Smollett in

November 23, 25
& 26


Mariah Carey is
coming to Oahu for the first time in almost 20 years and tickets are in high
demand! Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary pop artist as she performs
 her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour”
with Jussie Smollett at the Blaisdell Center. Visit
for tickets and information.




For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or



Susie Bowman

Aloha Festival

When: September 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Where: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel 2259
Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI

Since 1946,
Aloha Festivals have celebrated Hawaiian culture and history through dance,
music, art, and food. For the last 70 years the festival has attracted both
locals and tourists, and currently draws over 100,000 people every year. For
more information, visit:


Okinawan Festival

September 3, 2016

Where: Kapiolani Park 3840 Paki
Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

The Okinawan festival
celebrates this unique culture with entertainment, food, arts, crafts, and other
cultural activities such as a large Japanese/Okinawan Obon dance. For more
information, visit:


The Music of Queen

September 16, 2016 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall 777
Ward Ave. Honolulu, HI 96814

The Hawaii
Symphony Orchestra joins with the Music of Queen Band and Brody to present the
Music of Queen. Head to the Blaisdell Concert Hall for an exciting night of
legendary music.

tickets are available for students and active military (with ID) starting
September 12.

For more information, visit:


Living History Day at the Pacific Aviation Museum

September 24, 2016 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Pacific Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor 319 Lexington Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96818

The Pacific
Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is an affiliate of Smithsonian and is among the
top 10 aviation attractions in the country according to TripAdvisor®. Living
History Day will feature WWII-themed activities, presentations, and student
exhibits. Simply visit
to download free tickets. For more information, visit:


For any questions about Waikiki
vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be
happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or

Susie Bowman




If you are on Oahu now, make
sure to head to Waikiki for the annual Duke’s Oceanfest. This celebration
continues through next Sunday, August 28th. OceanFest is a tribute
to the most legendary Hawaiian surfer and waterman, Duke Kahanamoku; it is held
every year around Duke’s birthday.


The festival includes ocean
and beach sports including beach volleyball, paddleboard racing, swimming, surf
polo, tandem and longboard surfing, and more. There is no cost to attend, and
events can be found throughout Waikiki all week. If you are staying with Marina
Hawaii Vacations, just head out to Duke’s Beach, or start there and walk along
the Waikiki beaches to see the various events. A full calendar of events can be
found at
. Other events include a luau and a movie showing next weekend. For more
information on Duke’s OceanFest, visit


For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or


Susie Bowman

Most people know Oahu as the home of Duke Kahanamoku,
President Obama, Michelle Wie, Jack Johnson, and more. Honolulu, Waikiki, and
the North Shore are famous for their vibrant culture and beautiful sites, and
Oahu is of course well known as the home of Pearl Harbor.

However, the island has a densely rich history, and
continues to grow into one of the most dynamic and interesting places to live
and visit. We wanted to share some of our favorite, lesser-known facts about
the island that might surprise some readers:


1. Honolulu is not only the capital of Hawaii, but also the
largest city in the world. A part of the state’s constitution dictates that any
island, islet, or atoll that has not been designated to another county
automatically falls under Honolulu’s umbrella.


2. The record low temperature ever recorded in Honolulu was
a whopping 52 degrees.


3. The only Royal Palace in the United States, Iolani
Palace, is located on Oahu. It had electricity before the White House did, and
was the first palace in the world to have flushing toilets.


4. What is now beautiful Waikiki was once a swampy area full
of rice paddies, taro fields, and mosquitoes. Once the Ala Wai Canal was
constructed in 1928, the marshland was drained.


5. Despite being full of life and tourism, Oahu is actually
one of the most remote locations in the world. The Hawaiian Islands as a whole
are considered the most remote chain of inhabited islands in the world, with
the nearest population center (California) located over 2,000 miles away.


6. While Oahu has many farms full of delicious tropical
fruit and lush greenery, the island relies very heavily on imports, even when
it comes to produce. Some experts estimate that the islands would be out of
luck within a week or two, if for some reason (such as an extreme natural
disaster) imports ceased.


7. Daylight savings is not used in Hawaii, so for part of
the year Hawaii Standard Time is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time, and
the rest of the year, it is three hours behind.


8. One of the most expensive homes for sale in Hawaii is
located on Oahu in Kailua, priced at $22.8 million.


9. It is illegal in Honolulu to annoy a bird. On a more
normal note, billboards are also outlawed, keeping the scenery natural and the
views unobstructed.


10. Oahu hosts more visitors every year than all of the
other Hawaiian islands combined, and now you know a few of the fun reasons why.
It is no coincidence that “Oahu” means “the gathering place.”


For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please
contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We
can be reached at 808-946-0716 or


Susie Bowman


The 54th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair 
July 9, 9 am- 7 pm and July 10, 9 am – 5 pm at Kualoa Ranch  
This fun event features live farm animals, traditional contests, and kids’ rides and games, as well as one of the biggest plant sales on Oahu.This annual farm fair is free for kids and students with a valid ID. Admission is $5.00 for adults.
Visit for more information.
The Prince Lot Hula Festival
July 16-17 
This free festival is named after Prince Lot Kapuâiwaho and celebrated in one of his favorite places, Moanalua Gardens. Here you can find the prince’s summer palace and the largest non-competitive hula festival in all of Hawaii. Whether you are a seasoned local, or a first-time visitor, you are sure to learn something new! 
Ukulele Festival Hawaii
July 17 10:30 am- 5 pm at Kapiolani Park
The Ukulele Festival in Kapiolani Park attracts thousands from all over the world every year. From artists to fans, the crowd is diverse and plentiful, as ukulele lovers gather to perform and listen to outstanding performances. 
6th Annual Western Union Ohana Cup 2016 Rugby League Festival 
August 19-20 at Aloha Stadium
The Ohana Cup is back again, with not only three international rugby games, but also a cultural festival, a youth competition, and a live concert featuring Kapena, Siaosi, Willie K. and more. Enjoy fabulous music, ono food, and even a meet-and-greet with the players. Tune in to ESPN 1420 AM or for a live broacast . Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $15-$40 for one or both days.
 Visit for more information.
22nd Annual Made in Hawaii Festival
August 19 at 10 am- 9 pm; August 20 at 10 am – 5 pm at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena
Don’t miss this expo of “Made in Hawaii” products: ranging from plants and food, to art, clothes, books, and more. These items are wonderful keepsakes or souvenir gifts. Admission is $5, and children six and under are free; First Hawaiian Bank branches on Oahu will feature $1 off coupons in mid-August.
Visit for more information.
2016 Duke’s Ocean Fest 
August 20-28 throughout Waikiki
OceanFest is an annual 8-day event at beaches throughout Waikiki. This free fest features ocean sports and activities such as surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, paddle board racing, surf polo, and more. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the festivities every year.
visit  for more information. 
Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park
June 25, July 16, August 13
The Twilight Concert Series at Sea Life Park is a great way to catch well-known local artists such as Anuhea and Willie K. in their natural habitats. The views are breathtaking, and the price is right. Pre-sale tickets are $39.50; tickets at the door are $49.50. There are also dinner packages including a dolphin show and dinner; discounts are offered to season pass holders. The park will open for dinner package guests at 4:30 pm and concertgoers at 5:30 pm. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm.  
The Wildest Show in Town at the Honolulu Zoo
June 8- August 10 on Wednesdays at the Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo is the place to be on Wednesday afternoons this summer. Live music, plate lunches, activities for kids, and prizes are just a few of the fun things the Zoo has planned. Gates open at 4:35 pm, and live music begins at 6 pm. Opening night is June 8 with a performance by Raiatea Helm. Closing night is August 10. Admission is just $3.
Visit for more information
For any questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or
Susie Bowman