December Event Picks

December events Lei Hawaii

Don’t know what to do once you’ve stepped off the plane and fully enjoyed the scenery? We’ve got you covered with a diverse list of events all through December.



ART+FLEA | Ward Village, 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu (Oahu) | December 19, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Spend the night shopping around this monthly themed urban market with over 60 booths of art, fashion, and crafts from local vendors. There will be live entertainment throughout the night, including a costume contest and food vendors. This month, it’s the fourth annual ugly Christmas sweater party!


Catamaran Cruise | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave, 2nd floor Waikiki Grand Hotel | Every Saturday

Check out one of Oahu’s gay bars and enjoy an afternoon cruise with Hula’s “wettest, wildest, half naked pride.”


32nd Vans Triple Crown of Surfing | North Shore, (Oahu) | December 1-20

Witness the rich culture of surfing at the mecca of professional surfing, O‘ahu’s own North Shore, where participants compete for the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title.  Check out the Vans World Cup of Surfing until December 6 at Sunset Beach and Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 to 20 at Banzai Pipeline.


Honolulu Museum of Art School Holiday Art Sale | Honolulu Museum of Art School, 111 Victoria St., Honolulu (O‘ahu) | November 26 to December 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily

Purchase one-of-a-kind, local, and handmade items from art, jewelry, and ceramic sculptures at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Holiday Art Sale and help support children, adults, and the art programs of the school.


Sakurazawa Erica: The Career of a Manga ArtistDoris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 Beretania St., Honolulu (Oahu) | December 3, 4 p.m.

This lecture on manga (Japanese graphic novel) artist Sakurazawa Erica, author of Love Vibes (1996) focuses on her work in the manga industry as well as her exploration with romance and sexuality in her graphic novels.


JokerEarle Ernst Lab Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu (Oahu) | December 3-6, 8 p.m. December 7, 2 p.m.

Directed by MA candidate Matthew Kelty and written by MFA Playwriting candidate Yilong Liu, this show at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre’s Joker is set during the run-up to marriage equality in the Hawaiian Islands and explores devotion, loss, and the power of promises.


Hawaii Cinema Showcase – Double Feature | Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului (Maui) | December 4, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Experience two local, award winning and made-in-Hawaii films, Keo Woolford’s The Haumana and Brian Kohne’s Get a Job, at the latest edition of the Hawai‘i Cinema Showcase.  Tickets are $12 per movie and $22 for both (plus applicable fees).


Kahilu Theatre Masquerade | Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Kamuela (Big Island) | December 5, 6 p.m.

Don your favorite masks and glamorous attire at this glittering gala, where there will be gypsy tents with fortune tellers, tattoos, belly dancers, and more.


Lights on Rice Parade | Rice Street, (Kauai) | December 5, 6:30 p.m.

Welcome the holidays with the Lights on Rice Parade, one of Kauai’s largest attractions that start the Kauai Festival of Lights and lighting of the Historic County Building and Royal Palms on view until January.


First Friday Street Festival: Honolulu District | Chinatown, Honolulu (Oahu) | December 5, 5 to 9 p.m.

Art venues and live entertainment fill the streets of Chinatown on the first Friday of the month.  Check out local art or stick around for music and drinks at this art and cultural event.


Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair | Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, 323 Manono St, Hilo (Big Island) | December 5, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and December 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Accomplish some of your Christmas shopping at this fair featuring some of Hawaii’s best artists selling some of their finest locally made goods.


Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay | Kamakahonu Bay (Big Island) | December 6, 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a night under the stars with live music and dancing as 20 top Hawaii chefs and confectioners prepare a holiday meal using primarily locally sourced ingredients.


Honolulu City Lights Opening Night | 530 S King St, Honolulu (Oahu) | December 6, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. | Free

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony that kick starts Honolulu’s popular month-long display of holiday lights and decorations. The festivities continue throughout the night with an electric lights parade, live music, activities and food booths.


A Pinch of Salt For The Holidays | 445 Cooke St, Kaka‘ako (Oahu) | December 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop around this holiday pop-up for a unique retail and food experience featuring local products that can’t be found anywhere else while listening to holiday tunes.


Jake Shimabukuro | Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela (Big Island) | December 7, 4 to 6 p.m. | Prices vary

Recognized by local to global audiences alike (including the Queen of England, who he performed for), Jake Shimabukuro is a talented ukulele player from Hawaii who recently released his new album, “Grand Ukulele,” and will be performing at the Kahilu Theatre.  Prices for tickets vary.


Marriage Equality Anniversary Celebration | Elizabeth Fuller Hall, 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu (Oahu) | December 11, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Show your pride at Hawai‘i’s marriage equality anniversary celebration with a panel featuring Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and music performances.


Christmas Polynesia | Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave, 2nd floor Waikiki Grand Hotel (Oahu) December 12, Doors at 10 p.m., Show at 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate an island Christmas at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand’s annual Christmas show, a “magical” and “electrifying” night of Hawaiian and Polynesian songs and dances.


Maui GLBT & Friends Hiking Group | Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike, Wailuku (Maui) | December 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join other locals and visitors each month for new and exciting hiking adventures. This month’s hike will go through a once populated and thriving Hawaiian village, now home to endangered species and native plants.


Seasonal Celebration Concert Maui Theater (Maui) |  December 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

Maui Pride Organization and The Epstein Family Foundation joined up to bring Grammy award-winning singer Thelma Houston to Lahaina. She will perform seasonal songs as well as some of her greatest disco-era hits, like “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “If It’s The Last Thing That I do.”


Honolulu Marathon | Ala Moana Boulevard (Oahu) | December 14, race starts at 5 a.m.

Challenge yourself to one of the more popular Hawaii races, a relatively flat 26-mile scenic course throughout Honolulu.


The Rainbow Dine-Out Group | Kono’s on the Green, 1345 Piilani Highway, Kihei (Maui) | December 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of live holiday music over a delicious meal in the company of friendly visitors and locals within the LGBT community.


Hawaii State Ballet: The Nutcracker | Mamiya Theatre, 3142 Waialae Ave, Honolulu (Oahu) | December 19-21, 6 p.m. | prices vary

Experience a magical night of dancing dolls, mischievous mice, and lovable characters of the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”

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Eat The Street | Streetside Kaka‘ako, 555 South St (Oahu) | December 20, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come on down to Hawaii’s food vendor rally where menus are prepared based off a themed ingredient and there’s always something new to sample.


Honolulu Night Market | 449 Cooke St, Kaka‘ako (Oahu) | December 20, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Walk the streets of Kaka‘ako for a night of fun and fashion. Enjoy live music and food, while browsing local pop-up shops and admiring art pieces.


Jingle Bell Beach Run – 5K & 1-Mile Runs | Next to King Kamehameha III Hotel, Kailua Kona Pier – Ali‘i Dr., Kailua-Kona (Big Island) | December 21, 7:30 to 10 a.m. (7:35 start for 1-mile race)

Start your holidays with a 5k and 1-mile run.  Held in Kailua-Kona, this fun event has been held since 2005 and continues to draw in participants.  Awards will be offered to the top finishers and the best dressed Christmas costumes.


Sheraton Hawaii Bowl | Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu (Oahu) | December 24, 3 p.m.

For football fans, this is a festive and fun gathering at the Aloha Stadium that pits a Mountain West team against a Conference USA team post-season.


Christmas Brunch Cruise | Lahaina Harbor, Lahaina (Maui) | December 25, 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate Christmas morning over brunch with a two-hour cruise that travels along the scenic West Maui coast with a chance of humpback whale sightings.


Annual Traditional Mochi Pounding | Akiko’s, Wailea Village (Big Island) | December 28, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Take a turn at make traditional mochi—sticky rice cakes—by pounding steamed rice, which is believed to bring good luck. Other activities such as floral arrangements and calligraphy, as well as a taiko drum performance, will around.


Star of Honolulu New Year’s Eve CruiseAloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8, 1 Aloha Tower Dr., Honolulu (Oahu) | December 31-January 1, 10:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (depart and return time)

Be a part of the New Years Eve event in Honolulu when you sail aboard the Star of Honolulu, sinking your teeth into a three-course dinner, listening to  live jazz performance, and sitting back for a jaw-dropping view of the New Years fireworks.

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