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Spotlight: Oahu12.7-1.1: Honolulu City Lights. Balmy Honolulu ushers in a cool Yule with a block party, lighting of a 50-foot-tall pine, an electric light parade and a holiday concert. Throughout the month, a glittering display of trees and wreaths delights passersby.
Hawaii Island12.7: Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade. Heartwarming and homespun, this procession of brightly lit trucks and floats winds its way through the upcountry town from Church Row to Waimea Park. Later, kids take turns on Santa’s knee in Parker Ranch Center.
12.22: Jingle Bell Beach Run. Christmas may be just three days away, but the weather is perfect for this scenic jog in Kona. Everyone is welcome, with awards not only for the fastest runners, but also for those wearing the best costumes.
Kauai12.6-28: Festival of Lights. Locals greet the end-of-year holidays with an opening-night parade through Lihue and carols by Kauai choirs. During the rest of the month, clients can check out an exhibit of island-style decorations in Lihue’s county building.
12.31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Poipu Beach Park. This south shore tradition starts at sunset with the outdoor screening of a family-friendly movie. Popular food trucks feed hungry revelers, and fireworks over the sea draw oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Maui12.6: Friday Town Party. Each Friday night, islanders and visitors head to one of Maui’s small towns for a big bash. This week’s gathering takes place in Wailuku, where charming Market Street turns into a pedestrian-only party of food and entertainment.
12.7: Lighting of the Banyan Tree. With the flip of a switch at dusk, thousands of twinkling lights brighten Lahaina’s historic banyan tree, which covers most of an acre. Weekend festivities include games, a crafts fair, Hawaiian carols, hula dancing and live music.