December is a month of mixed emotions for Hawaii – it is a time of joy and excitement about the holidays, but also sadness and reflection on December 7th, the anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. We’ve listed a number of events going on but as always, please feel free to comment with more if we’ve missed anything!
USS Arizona Memorial Ceremony
December 7th, 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
This year’s event keynote speaker will be Secretary Max Cleland of the American Battle Monuments Commission. If you are interested in attending, please note that free public parking will be available at Aloha Stadium, with free shuttle service to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center beginning at 6:00 AM. All attendees must be at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument no later than 7:00 AM. There is no admission fee for this ceremony.
USS Oklahoma Memorial Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
December 7th, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
This ceremony is held in honor of those who served on the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attack. Admission is free and interested attendees may catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park starting at 12:30 PM.
Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade
December 7th, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The 72nd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Parade will begin with an opening ceremony at Fort DeRussey at 5:00 PM. About an hour later, the parade of Pearl Harbor survivors, military and government officials and marching bands will then start proceeding along Kalakaua Avenue, turning onto Monsarrat Avenue to the Waikiki Shell. A closing ceremony and concert will follow at Kapiolani Park.
Honolulu City Lights Festival
December 7th, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Starting at 4 PM, there will be food booths, keiki (children’s) rides and souvenir booths open at Honolulu Hale (City Hall). Then at about 6:30 PM, Mayor Kirk Caldwell will light the City’s tree, which triggers the illumination of all the lights on the trees and buildings from the Civic Center to Chinatown. There is an Electric Light Parade with floats, buses, fire trucks and more and Santa will make an appearance! At the conclusion of the parade, stick around for the holiday concert and entertainment.
December 8th, 5:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Honolulu Marathon draws runners from all over the world, excited at the prospect of racing along the scenic south shore of Oahu. If you would like to join the race, you may still do a walk in registration at the Marathon Expo, being held at the Hawaii Convention Center from December 4th through December 7th. If you would prefer to cheer on the participants, the course information is provided here.
Billabong Pipe Masters
December 8th – December 20th
The Billabong Pipe Masters is the culmination of both the Vans Triple Crown and the ASP Men’s World Tour. The Pipe Masters title is incredibly prestigious in the surfing world, as those who can claim it have successfully surfed the Banzai Pipeline. Pipeline is known as one of the most dangerous waves on the planet, as well as one of the most perfect ones to ride. Its close proximity to the shore makes it great for spectators. The competition will only run if the conditions are right, so be sure to check the website every day to see if it’s happening.
Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show
December 8th, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Check out 93 tables of vintage Christmas collectibles and Hawaiiana! This event takes place at the Baisdell Hawaii Suites, next door to the main Exhibition Hall. All items sold must be 20 years or older. This is the perfect place to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, souvenirs and decorations. Admission is $4.50.
Santa Arrives on Outrigger Canoe
December 8th, 9:00 AM
Needless to say, Santa does things a little differently in Hawaii! Not content to limit himself to a sleigh and reindeer, Santa will be arriving via outrigger canoe on the beach in front of the Outrigger Waikiki hotel (2335 Kalakaua Ave). He will be welcomed by hundreds of visitors and locals alike, as well as the children of Halau ‘O Pua Kahale who will be performing a hula dance. Join Santa afterwards in the hotel lobby for a complimentary photo opportunity.
Breakfast with Santa
December 17th and 18th, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Children of all ages will enjoy the chance to spend time with Santa at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. Choose from either day, where there will be a breakfast buffet, balloon art, face painting and photo opportunities galore. Reservations are required! See their website for further details.
Honolulu Gift Fair
December 20th, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 21st, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
December 22nd, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Get all your holiday shopping done in one place! The Honolulu Gift Fair features over 300 booths selling “Made in Hawaii” items – from apparel and jewelry to food and crafts, you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Head to the Blaisdell Center and bring a can of food to donate to the Hawaii Food Bank as your admission fee.
The Nutcracker – Ballet Hawaii
December 20th and 21st, 7:30 PM
December 22nd, 2:00 PM
Join Ballet Hawaii for this year’s production of The Nutcracker. Whether it’s your first time seeing the ballet or you never miss the annual show, you will be delighted by the wonderful music, enchanted by the beautiful dancing and thrilled by the exciting plot.
Need directions? Have questions about December events or other Hawaii attractions and experiences? Contact Elite Concierge at 808-971-1943 or firstname.lastname@example.org