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Christmas in Hawaii

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The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends cozying up by the Christmas tree and opening presents in your p.j.s….or is it?? Perhaps just this year you can forgo all the holiday trappings and jet to Hawaii instead? Hawaii is just as pretty in December as it is in June, and with all the holiday decorations, it can be downright magical.

Here’s a listing of Christmas events by island:

Oahu

Waikiki Holiday Parade:

Friday, November 27, 7 p.m. This showcase event for marching bands starts at Saratoga Road and Kalakaua, proceeding down Kalakaua Avenue and Monsarrat Avenue to Kapiolani Park.

Honolulu City Lights Opening Night Program:

Saturday, December 15, 2015. Lasting from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Honolulu City Lights is one of the more revered Christmas events in Oahu. It starts at 530 S. King Street, and features food vendors, rides, a tree lighting ceremony, electric light parade, holiday concert and free photos with Santa Claus.

Maui

Lahaina Banyan Tree Lighting

first weekend in December. This is an annual event that involves lighting up the historic banyan tree in the whaling town of Lahaina. Thousands of lights come to life to mark the beginning of the Christmas season with plenty of Hawaiian Christmas carols, musical groups, children’s hula performances, craft workshops, a visit from Santa, and a craft fair throughout the weekend.

Christmas Bells

Sat. Nov 28th at 7:30pm to Sun. Nov 29th at 3:00pm. This annual holiday season extravaganza is put on by the Maui Choral Arts Association featuring the Maui Concert Chorus, the Maui Youth Chorus, and the Maui Boys Chorus. The Maui Choral Arts, comprised of between 50 and 70 singers, has performed all over Maui, including the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kihei Baptist Church, St. Theresa’s Church, and the Hyatt Regency in Ka’anapali.

The Big Island

Kailua-Kona Christmas Parade

December 12, 2015, 5 p.m. Beginning at the Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Pool and ending at the Coconut Grove Marketplace Shopping Center, this annual Christmas parade is a delight for young and old. There is always lots of music, visits from Santa and his reindeer, and HELCO’s Toy’s For Tots Train. Every year, the Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade supports Hawaii Island’s Food Basket, with participants encouraged to donate to the annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive.

Kona Festival Chorale Christmas Concert

TBD, December: Enjoy the annual Celebration of Christmas Music put on by the Kona Festival Chorale at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

Kauai

Kauai Festival of Lights

December 4, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This must-see opens the first Friday of the month and runs every weekend until Christmas Eve. It’s a free event that draws kids and adults alike, with Auntie Josie’s stunning creations and those crafted by Kauai artisans. The event is sponsored by the County of Kauai, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Friends of the Festival of Lights.

Lights on Rice Christmas Parade

Lihue, first Friday in December. The celebration begins with the Kauai Festival of Lights and lighting of the Historic County Building and Royal Palms. Then, the Rice Street Christmas Parade takes place, representing one of Kauai’s largest holiday attractions. With 60 floats and 2,000 performers, this is certainly a spectacle to behold. Be sure to get there early and grab a spot along Rice Street, which closes down for the parade at 5:30 p.m.

Turn to Hoku Hawaii Tours for all your entertainment needs when in Oahu for the Christmas season!

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