Best Christmas Festivities on the Hawaiian Islands
Christmas in Hawaii is fantastic you hear people singing “Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on bright Hawaiian Christmas Day!” Malihini and kamaaina (visitors and locals) alike gather around poinsettias and palm trees to celebrate the holidays. No matter what island you find yourself relaxing on, there’s a holiday celebration! Hawaiians love a good party, and Christmas is no exception. In the traditional sense, check out the countless number of parades in every town—the Kailua-Kona parade on the Big Island, or the festive, eye-popping boat parades in Honolulu Harbor on Oahu. Join a troupe of Hawaiian carolers and keep an eye out for Santa in an Aloha shirt! On Kauai, the Christmas Festival of Lights in mid-December is not to be missed—a true Hawaiian Christmas spectacle. For fans of theater, song, and dance, check out Ballet Hawaii’s The Nutcracker in Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center, Christmas music in concert in Kona, or the Maui Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance of Christmas classics. Of course, it being winter in Hawaii, there’s great surfing to be seen (and ridden, if you’re seasoned enough to handle 25 foot swells). The Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational on the North Shore (also known as “The Eddie,” in memory of ‘70s big wave surfer Eddie Aikau) begins December 1st and continues through February. The of the biggest names of surfing compete on some of the biggest waves in the world—it is a truly humbling and insane Christmas party. For fans of football, the Sheraton Rainbow Bowl, held in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium, is a new Christmas Eve tradition. There’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Hawaii!
Written By: Amanda Tompkins