8: KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
Kailua-Kona, 4:30 p.m.
Another great way to kick-off the holiday season is this annual parade that starts at Kekuaokalani Gym on Kuakini Highway and proceeds to Ali‘i Drive before ending at Coconut Grove Marketplace.
9: ANNUAL LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
Kailua Pier, 6 p.m.
Watch a fleet of decorated boats and double-hulled canoes set sail during this fun festival that celebrates the holiday season. Watch from Kailua Pier or along Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona
1: WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE
Waimea, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Businesses and local residents light up Waimea during its annual Christmas Light Parade. Pre-parade festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “Honoring Our Teachers – Our Guiding Stars at Christmas and Always!”
7: LIGHTS ON RICE PARADE
From Vidinha Stadium along Rice Street to the Historic County Building (Map 1:L3) 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with a spectacular display of floats and decorations crafted by the local community.
1–29: KAUA‘I FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Historic County Building
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m.
This is the island’s largest ongoing holiday celebration. This free, eco-craft event features clever ornaments made from recycled materials.
31: NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
Po‘ipu Beach Park, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year with fireworks, food trucks, a free movie and many more family-friendly activities. Entry is free. Fireworks begin around 8:15 p.m.
1–2: 21st ANNUAL BANYAN TREE LIGHTING
Lahaina, times to be announced
Get into the holiday spirit by attending the annual tree lighting ceremony of Lahaina’s most famous landmark, a banyan tree that was planted in 1873 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first missionary arrivals. The tree was brought from India and was only 8 feet tall upon planting. Hosted by the Lahaina Town Action Committee, the celebration also features live music, arts and crafts, face painting and photos with Santa under the famous tree.
1: HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS OPENING NIGHT
Honolulu Hale, 4 to 11 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays at Honolulu City Lights’ grand opening. Check out the famous Santa throwing a shaka and be dazzled by all the lights and decorations, while at the same time, enjoy food and other entertainment for the entire family. The tree lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Read more about the annual event on page 36.
9: HONOLULU MARATHON
Ala Moana Beach Park, 5 a.m.
Run or walk 26.2 miles with thousands of participants from around the world at this year’s marathon. Touted as the fourth largest marathon in the U.S., the scenic course stretches from Honolulu and passes iconic O‘ahu sights, including Diamond Head and Koko Head, and concludes with malasadas in Kapi‘olani Park.
22: HAWAI‘I BOWL
Aloha Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
A fun holiday tradition that takes place at the Rainbow Warrior’s home turf. The 17th edition of the game pits the Mountain West against Conference USA.