Why not start a new tradition by spending the holidays in Hawaii? Imagine building a snowman out of sand. Ringing in the new year with a fireworks show on the beach. Or waking up to clear blue skies and endless sunshine on Christmas morning. Here are our favorite ways to spend the holidays in Hawaii.
Ono means delicious in Hawaiian and that’s exactly how you’ll find Thanksgiving in Hawaii. On Oahu, holiday traditions are given a tropical flair at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Enjoy an evening under the stars at the Holiday Luau on the Great Lawn. With a stunning oceanfront background, visitors will be treated to the sights and sounds of the Pacific Islands alongside a bountiful buffet. Treat your taste buds to a mouth-watering selection of Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Imu-Style Kalua Pig, BBQ Brisket and more. If you’re spending Christmas in Waikiki, the resort also offers the Holiday Luau on Christmas Eve and Christmas night.
Waikiki Holiday Parade
This nighttime parade honors the military heroes and survivors of Pearl Harbor. Local Hawaiian musicians, marching bands from across the country, military units and local officials make their way through Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue. The Waikiki Holiday Parade is held annually the Friday following Thanksgiving Day.
‘Tis the Season of Aloha
Experience the magic of Christmas in Maui this holiday season. The whole family will be delighted by all of the festivities at Grand Wailea Maui. Kick off your celebrations with the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st. Featuring a spectacular lights display, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit by Santa. Head to Wailea Beach as he makes his way on a Hawaiian outrigger canoe.
Banyan Tree Lighting
Planted in 1873, the banyan tree in Lahaina is one the largest trees in the US. Every year, this Maui landmark is adorned with thousands of colored lights during the holiday season. The lighting ceremony takes place the first weekend of December with a fun-filled event featuring local entertainment, holiday crafts and kids activities.
On the Big Island, you can still experience a white Christmas in Hawaii. Home to the tallest sea mountain in the world, you’ll find spectacular views of the snow-capped summit of Maunakea and your best chance of experiencing a winter wonderland during your Hawaiian holiday.