Hawaii Calendar December 2009

The Happenings of the Hawaiian Islands

Big Island
Dec. 5: Holiday Lights Celebration. If the smell of marshmallows roasting and the sound of carolers singing does not induce holiday cheer for the entire family, then a visit from Santa Claus, the lighting of a Christmas tree and a tree ornament decoration contest are sure to help. At no cost for parents or children, this event is a lesson in the gift of giving. Volcano Art Center. 808-967-8222

Dec. 5-6: Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair. Nelson Makua screens all his vendors’ products for high quality, uniqueness and authenticity. The result is a diverse array of potential gifts — from lauhala hats to Christmas ornaments — made by local artisans. Butler Building, Hilo. 808-966-4647

Dec. 20: Hawaii Healing Garden Festival. Just before the eating season reaches its peak, this festival and health expo reminds visitors how to best maintain their bodies and the environment. The celebration features organic and healthful food vendors, educational workshops, children’s activities and more. Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in the town of Captain Cook. 808-638-0888

Dec. 4: Lights on Rice Parade. Now in its 11th year, the annual parade down Lihue’s main street showcases approximately 40 lighted entries from the entire island. Advise clients to arrive early for optimal seating and viewing. Afterward, have them check out the Festival of Lights at the Historic County Building. Lihue. 808-245-6931

Dec. 4, 6: Slack-Key Guitar and Ukulele Concerts. This authentic Hawaiian style of playing features detuned guitars that produce soft sounds, encouraging guests to unwind as well. Join composers Doug and Sandy McMaster every Friday and Sunday afternoon as they perpetuate the tradition of the island sound. Hanalei Community Center. 808-826-1469

Dec. 12: Hawaii Gingerbread Family Festival. The annual event provides four gingerbread walls, two rooftops, a variety of candies and white icing, but participants — families, coworkers and other groups — are in charge of the concept and execution. Gingerbread packages must be pre-ordered and all proceeds benefit Easter Seals Hawaii. Kukui Grove Center, Lihue. 808-245-7141

Maui County
Dec. 8-20: Billabong Pro Maui. The ultimate event of the women’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series decides not only the winner of the event and the winner of the series, but also the women’s world champion. The location — the right-hand point-break of Honolua Bay — offers another reason to hang ten here. Honolua Bay.

Dec. 13: Holiday Pops Concert. For the first concert of the season, the Maui Pops orchestra is joined by guest soprano Leighanna Edwards. The ensemble promises a versatile program, performing classical holiday pieces alongside Hawaiian favorites. Castle Theatre, Maui Arts and Cultural Center. 808-242-7469


Open-air painting at the Impressions of Lanai event // (C) 2009 Phillip Sowers

Dec. 15-19: Impressions of Lanai. With portable easels in tow, painters spread out across Lanai in hopes of capturing the island’s charm. The three days of open-air painting commences at the Mike Carroll Gallery, where a reception displays and sells the artists’ creations. A portion of proceeds goes to the Lanai Art Center and Lanai Animal Rescue Center. Lanai City. 808-565-7122

Dec. 12: Hawaiian Santa Arrives via Outrigger Canoe. Choosing sea over snow, Santa arrives on Waikiki Beach in an outrigger canoe. Following the spectacle are hula dancing performed by keiki (children), music and a complimentary photo shoot with Santa. The free and public event takes place at 9 a.m. Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. 808-921-9731

Dec. 21-2: First Dawn. On a scenic beach campground on Oahu’s windward side, more than 30 musicians, healers, artists and teachers come together to celebrate the winter solstice. Visitors are invited to spend the night listening to live music and poetry, viewing interactive art installations, practicing yoga and meditating. Camp Malaekahana. 808-428-3233

Dec. 31: Quest for Father Time New Years Hunt. For clients who want to do something new this New Year’s Eve, this treasure hunt and race promises adventure. Groups of three to five, equipped with black lights, parchment scrolls containing clues and a handmade treasure map, are helped along by actors during the quest. Aloha Tower, Honolulu. 808-266-0478