What’s New in the Hawaiian Islands – Holidays 2016

Photo: Go Hawaii

Photo: Go Hawaii

Holidays in Hawai’i

  • Hui Holidays” artisan showcase returns with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list from Nov. 21 through Dec. 24 on the island of Maui. During the holiday season, the Hui Gallery gift shop at Kaluanui will be open daily from 9-4 p.m. and has expanded to include even more one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters like paintings, ceramic pieces, hand-blown glass work, locally made beauty products, holiday ornaments and more. HuiNoeau.com
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village invites island of Hawaii visitors and residents to enjoy the holiday season with alii-style treatment. Embrace the feel of aloha with two festive celebrations offering a menu of seasonal fare and live entertainment. Reserve a seat at the resort’s Water’s Edge Ballroom for Thanksgiving Day dinner, happening Nov. 24 from 3-7:30 p.m., and Christmas Day dinner on Dec. 25. HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com
  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the island of Hawaii will celebrate its 23rd annual Charity Trees at Mauna Lani holiday season display from Dec. 2-28. Visitors will find the hotel’s lobby filled with colorfully adorned trees decorated by local non-profit organizations. A $1 donation allows visitors a single vote for their favorite tree. The hotel will award $3,500 in prizes to the winners, with monies raised from voting donations shared among the remaining organizations. On New Year’s Eve, a buffet dinner at the hotel’s Canoe House restaurant will be followed by an oceanside party and fireworks at midnight. MaunaLani.com
  • The 20th Annual Festival of Lights kicks off with an opening ceremony on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Kauai’s Historic County Building. The park will be open from 6-8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Dec. 24. Additionally, families will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause in the park on Christmas Eve from 6-8 p.m. The festival features a collection of Christmas folk art created by local Kauai artisans from recycled materials. KauaiFestivalOfLights.com
  • The annual Honolulu City Lights event on Oahu will light up downtown Honolulu on Dec. 3 and will be open nightly through Dec. 30. The event will begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. at Honolulu Hale, followed by The Electric Light Parade. The parade begins at Aala Park and makes its way down King Street through Downtown Honolulu. Honolulu Hale and the grounds of the Civic Center will be transformed into a stunning display of lights, decorated trees, and wreaths on display for all to see. The event will feature food booths, photos with Santa Claus, a holiday concert and keiki (child) rides available for entertaining the whole family. HonoluluCityLights.org
  • Holiday traditions await you while vacationing on Maui at Destination Residences Hawaii. Fresh, decorated Christmas trees and Protea floral wreaths with delivery and setup can be pre-arranged prior to arrival. Holiday meals of turkey, ham or prime rib – with all the trimmings – can be pre-ordered to enjoy around the dinner table in each vacation residence. From a one-bedroom residence with a golf-front view at Wailea Grand Champions to a three-bedroom luxury ocean view villa at Wailea Beach Villas, the perfect holiday home awaits. DestinationResidencesHawaii.com
  • A tree lighting ceremony, Santa arriving on Hawaiian voyaging canoe and a gingerbread village built by na keiki (children) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui are all reasons to celebrate the holidays in Hawaii. The month of December 2016 is themed ‘Tis the Season of Aloha’ at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on the tropical island of Maui. Grand Wailea always celebrates the holiday season with aloha, as many of the December month-long activities and programs benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui. GrandWailea.com
  • Holiday season meets beach season at Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui this winter. Guests may enjoy Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Family Game Night, Sunset with Santa, Poolside Magic Show and culinary delights. Indulge in a tropical getaway in style while staying in one of their exclusive residences; their perfect family accommodations feature expansive living spaces, gourmet kitchens and much more. MontageHotels.com
  • 2016 will be a “white Christmas” on Maui as Queen Kaahumanu Center transforms into a giant snow globe from Dec. 1-24. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Dec. 1-24, visitors to the Queen Kaahumanu Center will be treated to real-life snowfalls. The interactive snowfall experience will occur at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with each snowfall lasting ten minutes. No need to “go out in the storm” as Maui residents and visitors can enjoy a white, frosty winter wonderland while wearing board shorts and slippahs (flip-flops). QueenKaahumanuCenter.com
  • Poipu Beach Park on Kauai will celebrate New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. in celebration of the successes of 2016 and future prosperity of 2017. This ocean-side event includes food trucks, live entertainment or a movie in the park, activities for the keiki (children) and a spectacular display of fireworks. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu presents New Year’s Eve Celebration, “Interstellar,” on Dec. 31. Four DJs and live entertainment will be featured at three of the hotel venues (RumFire, Helumoa Pool and the Infinity Edge Pool) to provide for the best viewing of the midnight fireworks. The Helumoa Pool will be transformed into the “Champagne Room,” an exclusive area for up to 300 people for $200 per person. Tickets will be available starting Nov. 1. Presale admission tickets costs $85 through Dec. 20, $100 for regular-priced, and $50 if purchased after midnight on Jan. 1. HonoluluBoxOffice.com

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