- Is The Thing To Say – On a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
The islands are one of the most wonderful places to be during the holiday season. With everyone looking forward to spending time with their family and friends. The holiday’s have a way of getting you away from your weekly work routines at the office and giving you a chance to visit relatives on some catching up with each other’s personal happenings throughout the past year.
Happenings all around Hawaii during the Holiday Season
D.I.Y. giftwrap workshop: Choose from two sessions Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., CHAI Studio, Ward Warehouse. Learn various techniques and create unique holiday giftwrap with handmade print blocks and embellishments using natural materials. Cost (includes materials): $25. Call 536-4543 or visit shop.chai-studio.com.
Christmas tree ornament contest: Get creative and submit a festive ornament made from nonbreakable materials through Dec. 12 at Ewa Beach Public & School Library. Entries should be no more than 4 inches square, with categories for adults, teens and children (ages 5 and older). Entries will be displayed in the library and photos will be posted on the library’s Facebook page. The public may vote for their favorite ornaments from Dec. 15 to 19 by “liking” a photo or filling out a ballot at the library. Winners will be announced Dec. 22. Free. Call 689-1204.
Holiday craft fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 17 and 18, Windward Community College, Hale A’o Lanai (new Hawaiian studies building). Find Hawaiian jewelry, Niihau shell necklaces and earrings, handmade feather, kukui nut and seed lei, hand-sewn crafts, Hawaiian baked goods and more. Presented by WCC’s Hui ‘Apuakea Hawaiian Language Club. Call 364-5015.
11th annual Honolulu Gift Fair: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21, Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, with more than 275 vendors. Bring a canned-good donation for the Hawaii FoodBank. Interested vendors may call 942-3110 or visit honolulugiftfair.com.
3rd Sundays @ Moanalua 99: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21, 1151 Mapunapuna St., with over 35 vendors.
Christmas in Polynesia: Dec. 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22 and 23, Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. Rides run from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a 30-minute canoe ride through a winter wonderland that offers visions of Christmas lights, displays, decorations and live musical performances that pay tribute to different cultures from around the world. Cost: $10, $8 for ages 5 to 11. Receive $2 off with coupons available at 76 Gas, Supercuts, Domino’s Pizza and L&L BBQ locations. Call 293-3333, 800-367-7060 or visit polynesia.com.
December 20-21 – Kona Choral Society will present two free holiday concerts of seasonal carols from around the world, including Hawaii, Nigeria, Fra
nce and Jamaica. The concerts will take place each day at 4:00 p.m. at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area Pavilion at the end of Kuakini Highway (Highway 11) in Kailua-Kona. For more information visit www.konamusicsociety.org.
December 21 – Mokuaikaua Christmas Program – There will be one service only at 10:00 a.m. at Hawaii’s oldest and first founded Christian church on Dec. 21 so that all may enjoy the Mokuaikaua Christmas Program. To be followed by a Potluck. All are welcome.
December 21 – Chorale Christmas Concert – The Celebration of Christmas in Music is a musical winter wonderland showcasing the Kona Festivale Chorale, Celebration Singers women’s ensemble, and Kids Choir. Time: 3:00 p.m. at the Kamakahonu Ballroom at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (Marriott Courtyard). Reserved seating is $25 and general seating is $20 in advance. For tickets or more info, call 808-331-1115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 22 – The Nutcracker – The West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy will presentThe Nutcracker at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea at 6:00 p.m. Over 50 local dancers and guest dancers from The Maui Academy of Performing Arts will perform with narration by Barbara Pritchard. Tickets range from $10-25. For more information call 808-329-8876, or visit www.kahilutheatre.org.
December 24 – Mystery of the Christmas Star Planetarium Show – The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo will present their annual Mystery of the Christmas Star from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The show takes audiences on a journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem to discover a possible scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. The cost is just $10 for non-members and $8 for members. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
December 24 – Mokuaikaua Church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii’s first Christian church (est. 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, featuring the annual “Silent Night” hula during the candlelight portion of the service. The service will begin at 8:00 p.m., but Christmas carols under the Archway will begin just prior at 7 p.m. wth songs from their `Ohana Choir. For more information, call 329-0655 or email email@example.com.
Easter Seals’ 15th annual Gingerbread Family Festival: Dec. 14, two seatings, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Kit prices are $39. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Hawaii programs. Visit gingerbreadhawaii.com.
Hawaii Polo Club’s Operation Toy Box and benefit polo match: Dec. 14; polo match begins 2 p.m. but gates open 11 a.m. for family picnics. Includes live entertainment by Ian O’Sullivan and Friends. Cost: $10 for open-field seating, $25 for clubhouse area. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy North Shore child and pay just $5 for general admission. Visit hawaii-polo.org/operation-toy-box.html.
Winter holiday storytime: 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft. For ages 6 and under. Free. Call 733-8488.
Christmas storytime: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, Waialua Public Library, with seasonal stories, an ornament craft and special treats. For all ages. Free. Call 637-8286.
Santa’s Workshop: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Waianae Public Library, with seasonal stories and music, and make-and-take ornament crafts and greeting gards. For all ages. Free. Call 697-7868.
Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Pasko!: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.; activities end 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays in Filipino style through cultural traditions, music by Banda Kawayan with bamboo instruments, a tinikling dance performance by The Tekniqlingz Dance Crew and others, and create a Filipino-themed gift bag and festive parol star using tissue paper.
Enjoy additional activities and entertainment at Spalding House in Makiki Heights; free shuttle available. Free. Visit goo.gl/0PTCu3.
» Family Film Sunday: “Frozen” Sing-along, 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre. Wear those princess dresses! Cost: $3, $1 for ages 12 and under.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s second annual Jingle Rock Run 2014: Festive 5K run/walk through Kakaako, Dec. 21, for the entire family, including pets. The half-mile Keiki Sprint (for ages 12 and under, strollers welcome) kicks off at 5 p.m., while the 5K follows at 6 p.m. Begins at Mother Waldron Park (330 Cooke St.) and proceeds through downtown, past Honolulu Hale to view the Christmas lights in the area, and returns to the park with fun festivities. Dress in costume and enter the contest for Most Festive Christmas outfit.
There will be a special division for pets ($20 per pet competitor, or free if pet is simply accompanying owner for the run/walk). Race packet pick-up, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at Pacific Honda, 188 S. Beretania St., or on race day at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: $45, $35 for ages 12 and under, $40 for military; add $5 if registering on race day. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Call 537-3118 or visit hawaii.wish.org.
Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration on Winter Solstice: 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21, Still & Moving Center, 1024 Queen St. Enjoy a showcase of dance, song and aerial classes, a group candle-lighting ceremony (bring your own), songs and dances by keiki, global dances from India and more. Free. Call 397-7678 or visit stillandmovingcenter.com.
Moanalua Valley Christmas Caravan: 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Starts at 1828 Ala Aolani St., proceeds west to the entrance of Moanalua Valley near the golf course, and returns to the starting point.
Ewa Beach: 10 a.m. Dec. 20. Starts at Ilima Intermediate School, proceeds to Fort Weaver Road, Kuhina and Hanakahi streets, North and Fort Weaver roads, and returns to the school.
18th annual Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade: 6:10 p.m. Dec. 20, Hawaii Kai Towne Center, with elaborately decorated boats parading through the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Kicks off 4:30 p.m. with holiday entertainment and concert. Free + lights to the first 1,000 attendees. Call 396-2469 or visit hawaiikaitownecenter.com or hawaiikaimarina.com.
Olomana: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Starts at Maunawili Elementary School, proceeds to Ulupii, Ulupuni, Uluohao, Uluhala, Ulupuni and Ulukou streets, and returns to the school.
Daughters of Hawaii: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and 20, Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Highway. Enjoy Hawaiian and English Christmas carols performed by Honolulu Chorale, Kaumakapili Church Choir, Nuuanu Congregational Church and others. Cost: $8, $1 for keiki. Call 595-3167 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org.
Melemai Kapu’uwaimai’s 4th annual Christmas Benefit Choral Concert: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Filipino Community Center Ballroom, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu. MLK Music Studio presents Christmas songs and dances and a visit from Santa Claus. Cost: $15, $10 pre-sale. For tickets, call 680-9544 or 294-1184, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s Delightful, It’s Delovely, It’s December”: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Medici’s, Manoa Marketplace (near the post office); doors open 6 p.m. for dinner. Christmas cabaret features Shari Lynn and Don Conover with Broadway actor and singer Ernest Harada and a 25-member Select Choir from Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, followed by Conover’s Vintage Piano Bar after the show with open mic at 8:45 p.m. Cost: $25, $15 for students. For reservations, call 351-0901 or email email@example.com. Visit manoaschoolofartandmusic.com.
Halau ‘Olapakuikala’i ‘o Hokuaulani: 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Windward Mall, Centerstage; 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at Ala Moana Centerstage; and 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Waikiki Beachwalk, Fountain Stage, with Na Kama. Free.
Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra’s Baroque holiday program: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. Enjoy popular classical music and a sing-along “Hallelujah” chorus, joined by the Oahu Choral Society. Tickets start at $24. Beginning Dec. 9, tickets will be $13 for students and $20 for military. Call 528-0506 or visit hawaiitheatre.com.
Oahu Civic Orchestra: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Ala Wai Palladium, 404 Kapahulu Ave.; and 1 p.m. Dec. 21, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. Selections include “Babes in Toyland,” “A Christmas Festival,” songs from “Nutcracker Suite.” Free. Call 734-2925.
Ke Kula Mele winter concert: 11 a.m. Dec. 20, Windward Mall. Under the direction of kumu Alan Akaka, students will perform Christmas tunes and songs of Molokai, Kahoolawe and Lanai on steel guitar, ukulele, guitar and Hawaiian-style bass. Free. Call 375-9379.
Drill Team Hawaii’s 41st annual “Christmas Gratitude”: Two shows, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Kaimuki High School auditorium. Features guest vocalist Penelope Ng Pack and the Dancing Dads. Cost: $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door. For tickets, call 258-4864.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 28th annual Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21, Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Enjoy traditional Christmas carols and upbeat holiday songs performed by the Concert Choir and Orchestra, and youth choirs. Visit the Giving Tree to make a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Ronald McDonald House. Free. Call 358-6935.
Honolulu Boy Choir’s 40th annual “Merriest Hawaiian Christmas”: 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Central Union Church Sanctuary, 1660 S. Beretania St. Guests include Dr. Kalani Brady, Sounds of Aloha Chorus, Halau Kawaili’ula, Samoan Gospel Heralds, Henry Kapono, Honolulu Alumni Boy Choir, and emcee Maleko. Free; offerings welcome. Call 596-SING (7464).
Makaha Kalikimaka 2014: 6 p.m. Dec. 21, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.; doors open 5 p.m. Enjoy an evening of hula and traditional Hawaiian and Christmas songs. Presented by Makaha Sons Inc. General admission seating is $40; discount for members. Call 532-8700 or visit makahasons.com.
The Ghosts of Honolulu’s Past: A Holiday Ghost Tour: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25. Historian Steve Fredrick leads a four-hour walking tour through the streets of downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. For ages 21 and older. Cost: $40; reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitstevestoursandfilms.vpweb.com.
Friends of Kaneohe Library Bookstore: Offering half-off all Christmas and holiday books, CDs and DVDs in December, 45-829 Kamehameha Highway. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. (closed 3 to 6 p.m.) Wednesdays. Volunteers welcome. Call 247-4819.
“From Hawaii to the World, a Fairytale Christmas”: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Executive Chef Ralf Bauer and his team continue the 20-year tradition of creating an extraordinary edible gingerbread village to be displayed in the lobby during the holidays through the first week of January. Call 922-5811 or visit princess-kaiulani.com.
Mele Kalikimaka – Is The Thing To Say – On a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day. We all here at Hawaiian Island News would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
~~Aloha Nui Loa