You likely won’t wake up to a white Christmas on the islands of Hawaii, and you might not crave hot chocolate to warm up by the fire. But if you’re looking for beautiful weather, unique holiday traditions, and reviving your holiday celebrations with an Aloha twist, then hop on over to Hawaii! It’s the most festive time of the year, and the Aloha spirit mingling with the holiday spirit makes this a wonderful time for a family vacation. Book your flights on Island Air today and arrive in time for these great holiday events, which islanders and tourists alike won’t want to miss for a very merry Hawaiian holiday:
1. Honolulu City Lights
What began in 1985 as a free concert with some holiday lights has since grown into the biggest holiday celebration in the state. Honolulu City Lights now runs December 5th-January 1st, and features ornament making events, free photos with Santa, trolley tours, and much more. Check out the list of events here. Just remember to say “Mele Kalikimaka!”
2. Pearl Harbor Festival of Lights
Take an evening boat tour to get the full effect of Pearl Harbor’s stunning light festival. Boats and submarines are decked out in twinkling lights that give this honored war memorial site even more beauty and significance. In years past these 30 minute boat tours have been completely free to both veterans and the general public, so be sure to look into a tour of the harbor while you’re visiting.
3. Banyan Tree Park
We’ve all seen impressive evergreens decked out in string lights, but what about a 60 foot tall banyan tree? If you’re in Lahaina on your Maui vacation, be sure to check out this majestic banyan—one of the oldest in the United States—decked out in beautiful colored lights. We don’t want to show you a picture because it’s something you have to see in person to truly appreciate!
4. Santa by Outrigger
We told you there’d be an Aloha twist to Christmas in Hawaii, and Santa’s arrival is no exception. Eschewing the traditional reindeer and sleigh for something a little more beach friendly, Santa arrives by outrigger canoe for perfect photo opportunities. He’ll catch a wave into the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort at 9 a.m. on December 12, and again at the Halekulani Hotel at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Your kids are sure to get a kick out of taking pictures with Santa barefoot on the beach!
5. Holiday Tree Lighting at Maui Wine
If you’re in Maui, head upcountry to the slopes of Haleakala Volcano to Maui Wine. The winery is hosting its annual tree lighting ceremony on December 12th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to the lighting of the 22-foot tree, there will be food and activities for kids and adults alike. Stay for a movie under the stars and some festive live music.
Island Air wishes you and your family a very Mele Kalikimaka!