Hawaii Calendar: December 2015

A look ahead to the happenings on the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
Jake Shimabukuro will perform at the Hawaii Theatre. // © 2015 Coleman Saunders
Jake Shimabukuro will perform at the Hawaii Theatre. // © 2015 Coleman Saunders

12.12: Jake Shimabukuro. At once affable and astounding, Shimabukuro plays ukulele like nothing your clients have ever heard before. In this Hawaii Theatre show, the hometown musician performs selections from his newest studio album, demonstrating his diversity with lilting originals and modern takes on Hawaiian standards. 


12.5: Waimea Christmas Festivities and Parade. The upcountry ranch town of Waimea presents a day of arts, crafts, music and yuletide activities. Locals and visitors turn out for a festive evening parade that winds from historic Church Row to Waimea Park, highlighted by Santa and a brigade of lighted trucks.


12.4: Festival of Lights. Signaling the start of the holiday season, this annual family event opens with performances by local choirs, a parade of floats down Lihue’s Rice Street and the lighting of Kauai’s historic county building. Clients can enjoy the Christmas decorations inside the building Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Dec. 26. 


12.9, 16, 23, 30: Masters of Hawaiian Music. Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort, entertainer George Kahumoku Jr. serves as master of ceremonies for a show starring revered Hawaii musicians, from deft ukulele players to lyrical falsetto singers. This month’s guests include Ledward Kaapana, Jeff Peterson, Herb Ohta Jr. and Jon Yamasato. 


12.13: Honolulu Marathon. This 43-year-old race is still going strong. The scenic course starts downtown, winds through Waikiki and past Diamond Head to east Honolulu, then back, with the finish line in Kapiolani Park. Cheering hula dancers line the route.