Christmas in Hawaii 2016
Oahu Holidays

Christmas in Hawaii 2016 particularly on Oahu offers many dinner and event options for those spending the holidays here. See below for restaurants offering special dining options and events taking place at this time.

There is information below on where to get Christmas dinner and various events taking place in Waikiki and around the island. As more menus become available I will post them.

christmas in hawaii 2013 Pictured above: Honolulu Hale at City Hall

Christmas in Hawaii-Restaurants

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Pictured above: Kai Market

The Moana Surfrider & Beachhouse Restaurant Offerings

Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, 12/17/16 & Sunday, 12/18/16, 9:00 am-12:00pm in the Grand Salon, $45 adults, $35 kids (aged 6-12 yo), reservations required. Breakfast buffet & one of my favorite places to eat! Kids get to make a wish with Santa, take a gingerbread decorating class with the chefs & receive a gift at the end. Adults also receive 1 Blood Orange or 1 Beachhouse Mimosa. Reservations required-call 808-921-4600 from 9:00-8:00 pm HST (Mon-Sat, til 5:00 pm Sundays) or email tdrc.waikiki@starwoodhotels.com; menu details here

 

Christmas Day Brunch Buffet-Sunday, 12/25/16, 9:00 am-1:30 pm, $80 adults, $40 kids (6-12yo); see menu here. Reservations highly recommended; please follow reservation instructions above.

*I like the live Hawaiian music that plays in the courtyard in the evenings; oceanfront restaurant

 

 

 


Kai Market at The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Christmas Dinner Buffet menu, Sunday, 12/25/16,4:00-9:30 pm, last seating 9:00 pm; $75 adults, $35 child (6-12 yo); see menu here; oceanfront restaurant. For reservations call 808-922-4422; menu details here

 

Pikake Terrace at The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel Christmas Day Dinner Buffet, Sunday, 12/25/16, 4:30pm-9:00 pm (last reservation 8:00 pm), $59 adults, $29.50 kids (5-12yo). For reservations call 808-921-4600

 


 

The Kahala Hotel Restaurants

*For reservations call 808-739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalarestaurants.com

Afternoon Tea With Santa- Saturdays, 12/10/16 & 12/17/16,Sundays, 12/11/16 & 12/18/16 in The Veranda Lounge. Join Santa for afternoon tea and photos, 1:00-3:00 pm; $60 adults, $30 kids (0-12yo), $20 kids (0-5yo). Also includes 4 sweets & 4 sandwiches per person. Call 808-739-8760 to reserve. Advanced reservations highly recommended.

Hoku's

-Christmas Eve Dinner, 5 course pre fixe menu, Saturday, 12/24/16, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm, $110 Menu I or $150 Menu II per person. Ala carte also available.

-Christmas Day Brunch Buffet, Sunday, 12/25/16, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, $95 adults, $47.50 kids (6-12yo); menu

-Christmas Day Dinner, special 5 course pre-fixe (ala carte avail), Sunday, 12/25/16, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm, $110 Menu I or Menu II per person

Plumeria Beach House

-Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet, Saturday, 12/24/16, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm, $85 adults, $42.50 kids (6-12 yo); menu

-Christmas Day Brunch Buffet, Sunday, 12/25/16, 11:30 am-2:30 pm, $85 adults, $42.50 kids (6-12yo); menu

-Christmas Day Dinner Buffet, Sunday, 12/25/16, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm, $85 adults, $42.50 kids (6-12yo); menu

 


The Royal Hawaiian Restaurants

*For reservations call 808-923-7311

Monarch Room at The Royal Hawaiian, Sunday, 12/25/16, Christmas Day Brunch, 9:30 am & 12:30 am (2 seating times only); $126 adults, $63 kids(5-12yo); menu details

*Large oceanfront ballroom with great Diamond Head views

 

 

 

Azure at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Saturday, 12/24/16 and Sunday, 12/25/16, 4 course prix fixe menu, 1st seating 5:30 & 6:30 pm, 2nd seating 8:00 pm & 8:30 pm, $150 per person ($195 w/ wine pairing), $45 kids (5-12yo). 4 hour complimentary parking. Regular dinner menu n/a on these days. Menu here


 

More Restaurant Options...

Hau Tree Lanai at The Kaimana Hotel; menu details
Tropics Waikiki at The Hilton Hawaiian Village; menu details
Tiki's Bar and Grill at The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Side Street Inn on Kapahulu; Christmas buffet
The Turtle Bay Restaurants on the north shore; brunch menu buffet details
Ocean House at The Outrigger House

 

Open Restaurants With Regular Menus Available

Buca Di Beppo at Ward Center
Hula Grill at The Outrigger Waikiki
MAC 24/7 at The Hilton Waikiki Beach; menu details
Top of Waikiki in The Waikiki Business Plaza; 18th floor revolving restaurant
Wolfgang's Steakhouse



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Christmas in Hawaii-Brunch, Set Menus & Buffets

beachhouse waikiki at the moana surfrider

Pictured above: Beachhouse Restaurant at the Moana Surfrider

Christmas Brunch

Beachhouse Restaurant Saturday, 12/17/16 & Sunday, 12/18/16, 9:00am-12:00pm in the Grand Salon, $45 adults, $35 kids (aged 6-12 yo), reservations required. Breakfast buffet & one of my favorite places to eat! Kids get to make a wish with Santa, take a gingerbread decorating class with the chefs & receive a gift at the end. Adults also receive 1 Blood Orange or 1 Beachhouse Mimosa. Reservations required-call 808-921-4600 from 9:00-8:00 pm HST (Mon-Sat, til 5:00 pm Sundays) or email tdrc.waikiki@starwoodhotels.com; menu details here

 

Monarch Room at The Royal Hawaiian, Sunday, 12/25/16, Christmas Day Brunch, 9:30 am & 12:30 am (2 seating times only); $126 adults, $63 kids(5-12yo); menu details; for reservations call 808-923-7311

 

Kani Ka Pila Grille at The Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel-Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, 12/17/16, 8:00 am-10:00 am. $36 adults, $11 kids (5-11 yo); includes tax, tip and free photo with Santa. Reservations required, call 808-924-4990. Kid activities such as balloon twisting, airbrush face and body painting are available as well. Really casual, poolside setting with a man-made waterfall feature.

 

The Kahala Restaurants

For reservations call 808-739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalarestaurants.com

Hoku's-Sunday, 12/25/16, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, $95 adults, $47.50 kids (6-12yo); menu

Plumeria Beach House-Sunday, 12/25/16, 11:30 am-2:30 pm, $85 adults, $42.50 kids (6-12yo); menu


Christmas Dinner-Set Menu

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Azure at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

 

Azure Saturday, 12/24/16 and Sunday, 12/25/16, 4 course prix fixe menu, 1st seating 5:30 & 6:30 pm, 2nd seating 8:00 pm & 8:30 pm, $150 per person ($195 w/ wine pairing), $45 kids (5-12yo). 4 hour complimentary parking. Regular dinner menu n/a on these days; menu here For reservations call 808-923-7311

 

The Kahala Hotel Restaurants

Hoku's-Christmas Day Dinner, special 5 course pre-fixe (ala carte avail), Sunday, 12/25/16, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm, $110 or $150 per person; menu I or menu II

 


Christmas Dinner Buffet

Kai Market at The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Christmas Dinner Buffet menu, Sunday, 12/25/16,4:00-9:30 pm, last seating 9:00 pm; $75 adults, $35 child (6-12 yo); see menu here; oceanfront restaurant. For reservations call 808-922-4422; menu details here

 

Pikake Terrace at The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani HotelChristmas Day Dinner Buffet, Sunday, 12/25/16, 4:30pm-9:00 pm (last reservation 8:00 pm), $59 adults, $29.50 kids (5-12yo). For reservations call 808-921-4600

 

Plumeria Beach House-Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet, Sunday, 12/25/16, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm, $85 adults, $42.50 kids (6-12yo); menu


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Christmas in Hawaii 2016-Luaus

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Paradise Cove Luau-12/1/16-12/25/16 there will be a Mr. and Mrs. Hawaiian Santa Claus, treats for kids (12 and under), a tree lighting and Christmas songs will be worked into the show. There is a sale right now so check

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Starlight Luau at The Hilton Hawaiian Village-Sunday-Thursday, INCLUDING Christmas Eve, 12/24/16 and Christmas Day, 12/25/16 from 5:00-7:30 pm. Includes a dinner buffet, the show and a couple of cultural activities. I think the food is very good but there is no Imu ceremony. Located on the roof of the parking structure facing the ocean.

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Christmas in Hawaii 2016-Parades

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Waikiki Holiday Parade- Friday, 11/25/16, 7:00 pm. Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also honors the victims and veterans. Parade will go through Waikiki starting at Fort Derussy and ending at Kapiolani Park .More info here.

 

Honolulu Hale, Honolulu City Lights & Annual Parade-The Mayor's annual tree lighting ceremony & parade. Opening night is Saturday 12/3/16, 6:00pm. 2,000 marchers, 40 floats and over 50 vehicles are expected. There will also be live entertainment.

Month long festivities 12/5/16-1/1/2017 including:

-Free photo with Santa nights, Friday, 12/16/16 & Friday, 12/23/16, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Honolulu Hale Courtyard

-Free Family Movie Night, Sat, 12/17/16, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, outside on civic center grounds, 530 S. King

-Free Milk & Cookies Night, Sat, 12/23/16, 6:30-8:30 pm, front steps of Honolulu Hale

See website for more details.

 

Haleiwa Town Christmas Parade-Celebrate Xmas on the north shore, Friday, 12/09/16, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Over 500 marchers, 45 vehicles, 4 floats and 4 bands are expected to participate. Visit website for more details

 

20th Annual Holiday Boat Parade-Saturday,12/20/16, 5:30-8:30 pm, Hawaii Kai Town Center at the Waterfront Stage, 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825; this is about 5 minutes from Hanauma Bay or 25-30 minutes outside of Waikiki. Watch boat owners get into the holiday spirit with outrageous and creative light designs and costumes on their boats. At 6pm is the actual parade with entertainment and a concert beforehand. See poster for more details


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Christmas in Hawaii-Miscellaneous Events

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30th Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Holiday craft expo featuring handmade goods from throughoutl the Hawaiian islands. Entertainment and food will be available as well. More info here

Friday, 11/25/16, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 11/26/16, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, 11/27/16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Outrigger Reef on the Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony-No details are out yet

 

Santa Marty Visits being held at the Royal Hawaiian Center, every Wednesday, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 & 12/21, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Location by the Christmas tree in the Royal Grove. Hawaiian music by Kawika Trask & Friends. More info

 

Waikiki Holiday Trolley Lights Tour-Sunday 12/4-12/30/16. Goes downtown to experience Honolulu Hale's Christmas Tree display & extravaganza during most of the month. Certain days have different departures mostly starting at 7:00pm.

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"Christmas in Polynesia, 13 Days of Christmas" at The Polynesian Cultural Center 2016-12/9-12/22 (closed Sundays).Canoe rides, train rides, winter wonderland snow days, scavenger hunt, live entertainment & Christmas activities. More info here

 

Christmas in HawaiiHawaiian Santa arrival by canoe-Sponsored by the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Hotel, Saturday, 12/10/16, 9:00 am.

There will be a meet and greet followed by complimentary photos in the lobby.

This is free and open to the public.

More info

 

 

Afternoon Tea With Santa- Saturdays, 12/10/16 & 12/17/16,Sundays, 12/11/16 & 12/18/16 in The Veranda Lounge at the Kahala Hotel. Join Santa for afternoon tea and photos, 1:00-3:00 pm; $60 adults, $30 kids (0-12yo), $20 kids (0-5yo). Also includes 4 sweets & 4 sandwiches per person. Call 808-739-8760 to reserve. Advanced reservations highly recommended. More info

 

Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Saturday, 12/10/16 (10 am-9 pm) &Sunday, 12/11/16 (10 am-5 pm). $4, $3 seniors & military, 12 yo & younger free. Gifts, food, entertainment, festivities, year-end inventory specials, secret Santa land, keiki winter wonderland, make & take crafts. More info here

 

Season's Best Craft Fair, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Friday, 12/16/16 (5-9 pm), Saturday, 12/17/16 (10 m-7 pm) & Sunday, 12/18/16 (10 am- pm). $3, $2 with $1 off coupon, kids 6yo & below free w/a paid adult. Features the works of local Hawaii crafters & food vendors. Good place to gift shop. More info here

 

Bank of Hawaii Family Sundays-Celebrate the holidays at The Honolulu Museum of Art, 12/8/16, 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Activities include:

-Oahu Civic Orchestra playing holiday classics
-Family film at 11:10 am & 1:00 pm, free
-Family day at Spaulding House; shuttle bus available & free admission
-Singer-songwriters from Mango Season
-Drawing contest for kids under 17 yo
-Make a solstice globe
-Cookie decorating
-Celebrate & learn about PASKO, a Filipino cultural tradition

More info

 


Ala Moana Shopping Center Holiday Events

Ala Moana Shopping Center has holiday activities that includes a variety of things including photos with Santa.

ala moana shopping center christmas

Photos With Santa-11/12/16--12/24/16, Mall Level 2 by Nordstrom

Pet Photo Night-11/14/16-12/12/16, 6 pm-close, cats and dogs only

Holiday Hula Show-Mondays-Saturdays, on Sundays the keiki do a hula show. Centerstage, 1pm.

 


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Music & Dance Events

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The Nutcracker at Blaisdell Concert Hall, Friday-Saturday, 12/16/16-12/17/16 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, 12/18/16, 2:00 pm, presented by Ballet Hawaii. $39-$120, Military, seniors & college students w/ ID $5 discount except for the $39 seats. More info here

 

Diamond Head Theatre-Presents "A Christmas Carol, The Musical", weekends, Friday, 12/2/16-Friday, 12/23/16,various times, $23-$35. See website for more dates and details

 

HSO Pops presents "Holiday Pops", Saturday, 12/10/16, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 12/11/16, 2:00 pm at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, $27-$79.

 

Christmas at Queen Emma Summer Palace presents "A Holiday Tradition", Saturday, 12/10/16 & 12/17/16, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, $5, kids 12 & under are free. Discover how Christmas came to Hawaii. More details are not out yet but last year the evening was as follows:

Caroling began at 6:15 pm, opportunity to view the home & holiday decorations, have hot chocolate & Xmas goodies. Free limited parking on Palace grounds & street parking on Pali Hwy. Address is 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI. More info here

 

Gay Men's Chorus of Honolulu-"Way Too Merry", Sunday, 12/11/16, 5:30 pm, $20-$50 at the Hawaii Theatre.

 

Amy Hanaialai'i & Willie K Holiday Show, Friday, 12/16/16-Saturday, 12/17/16, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 12/18/16, 4:30 pm, $52-$72 at the Hawaii Theatre

 

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra presents "A Free Nutcracker Sweet", Wednesday, 12/14/16, free admission, Blaisdell Concert Hall, also free parking during the farmer's market. More info

 

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra presents "Ode to Joy", Thursday, 12/29/16 & Friday, 12/30/16, 7:30 pm Blaisdell Concert Hall, $34-$92. View website here

 

 


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Christmas in Hawaii-Fundraising & Charity

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Family Programs Hawaii 18th Annual Holiday Party-Sunday 12/4/16., 10:00 am-2:30 pm. Over 1,200 foster children will get a chance to play games, do arts & crafts, take photos with Santa and receive a personally wrapped gift. More info here

 

42nd Annual Street Bikers United-Toys For Tots Caravan-Sunday, 11:00 am, Ala Moana park opens at 7:00 am. Over 4,000 motorcycles are expected to make a caravan through Waikiki starting at Magic Island, going down Kalakaua, through Kapiolani Park and ending at Kapiolani Community College across the street from Diamond Head. There will be more events in the Kakaako area afterwards. More info here


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Christmas in Hawaii-Ongoing & Annual Events

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Hula at Kuhio Beach Park, Tues, Thurs & Saturdays at 6:30 pm during the spring & summer; 6:00 pm in the winter. If the weather is bad it will not be held. Get there early to get a seat. More info

 

Hula at Ala Moana Shopping Center Monday through Saturday from 1:00-1:20 pm at the Centerstage on the lower level. More info

 

Fireworks on the beach Friday nights at 7:45 pm in front of The Hilton Hawaiian Village

 

First Fridays in Chinatown-The 1st Friday of the month art galleries and restaurants stay open later so that people may walk through them, socialize and taste wine. Many lounges and clubs are open as well creating a scene for people to enjoy. Most people show up after dark. More info

 

Eat the Street-Last Friday of the month, 4:00-9:00 pm, Fisherman's Wharf (Ward St/Ala Moana Blvd). Attracts over 7,000 attendees. It's sort of an informal "Taste of Honolulu". The trucks could be from restaurants or vendors who exclusively work out of a truck. More info

 

Honolulu Marathon, Sunday, 12/11/16, 5:00 am-1:00 pm, over 35,000 runners expected. Starts at Ala Moana Park with fireworks and ends at Queen Kapiolani Park after winding throughout the city. Honolulu Marathon Association phone number is 808-734-7200 or visit their website for more information.

 

North shore Events

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and The Pipeline Masters are generally held from mid November through the third week of December. See the link above for specific dates for each event.

Keep in mind that each event has a range of dates in which it can be held, e.g.: a week. This is known as the holding period. They wait for the best days during this time. It takes more than 1 day to hold each contest.

If the waves are really, REALLY big (30 ft +) they'll hold the Eddie Aikau contest. See the website for more details on all of the above


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Christmas in Hawaii-Church Services

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St. Augustine By The Sea-Catholic Church in Waikiki, Christmas Eve 12/24, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm and midnight, Christmas carols begin at 11:30 pm; Christmas Day 12/25, 6:00 am, 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. 130 Ohua Street, near the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a distinctive green roof. See website here


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