Oahu Events December 2016

Oahu Events December 2016 include The Vans Triple Crown, The Pipeline Masters, the Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu City Lights, Christmas parades, Hawaiian Santa arrival by canoe, fireworks on New Year's Eve in Waikiki, Bill Maher's Mahermegeddon and more!

december events honolulu oahu Pictured above: Honolulu City Lights


North Shore Events

Oahu Events December Vans Triple Crown of SurfingThe Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and The Pipeline Masters are generally held from mid November through the third week of December.

Vans Triple Crown-11/12-12/20/16

Pipeline Masters-12/8-12/20/16


*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.

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If the waves are really, REALLY big (30 ft +) they'll hold the Eddie Aikau contest. . Holding period is from 12/1/16-2/28/17.

oahu events december eddie aikau opening ceremony

Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony-12/1/16, 3:00-5:00pm, Waimea Bay, sponsored by Quiksilver. More info at http://www.quiksilver.com/eddie

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Christmas Events

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There are so many events happening this month that are related to Christmas events alone and New Year's Eve alone that I wrote dedicated articles just for them. You can learn more about them below

Christmas Events in Waikiki and on Oahu

New Year's Eve Events in Waikiki, Honolulu and on Oahu


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Theatre & Musicals

Oahu Events December Amy and Willie K

Pictured above: Amy Hanai'a'lii & Willie K.


The Hawaii Theatre presents:

A Winter of Praise, gospel, 12/4, 5:00 pm

Jo Koy, comedian, 12/10, 8:00 pm & 11:00 pm

Gay Men's Chorus of Honolulu, "Way Too Merry", 12/11, 5:30 pm

The Amy & Willie Holiday Show, local music, 12/16 & 12/17 7:30 pm, 12/18, 4:30 pm

Ali Wong, comedian, 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm

Phil Lesh & Friends, musician, 12/31, 9:00 pm


Diamond HeadTheatre-Presents "A Christmas Carol, The Musical", weekends, Friday, 12/2/16-Friday, 12/23/16,various times, $23-$35.


View more holiday related musical related events here


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Oahu Events December-Bars & Clubs

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The Republik

Appearing in December:

DJ Z-Trip, 12/1

Atmosphere, 12/2 & 12/3

It Kids 2016, 12/5

Astronautalis, 12/8

Watsky, 12/10

The Joy Formidable, 12/11

Jhene Aiko, 12/27 & 12/28

Russ, 12/29 & 12/30

See full schedule here


Skybar Waikiki

Sky Bar Waikiki (pictured just above)

Rooftop bistro, nightclub & lounge. Eli Mac, Sunday, 4/24/16, hipster vibe. More info


Buho Cantina

Mexican restaurant and bar with views of Waikiki below. Good pre-going out place, hipster vibe. More info


Tiki's Grill & Bar

Oceanside (across the street & up 1 floor but great views) restaurant w/ Hawaiian & American food, cocktails and live bands in the evening. Indoor/outdoor restaurant. Casual & laid-back, good food. More info



Direct oceanfront bar, lounge, restaurant with incredible views of Diamond Head and the sunset. They also have live music in the evenings. More info

Downbeat Diner & Lounge

Hip, late night eatery with entertainment & lots of delicious vegetarian & vegan options in the Chinatown area. See full schedule here


SURFER The Bar at Turtle Bay (north shore)

Laid bar oceanside bar featuring open mic nights, karaoke & bands. See full schedule here


Sunset Pool at The Modern Honolulu

Good place for drinks before going out or to watch the Friday night fireworks, hipster vibe. More info


Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge at The Trump

Another good place to get drinks and pupus before going out or just chill here. More info


Jazz Minds

Jazz club with live jazz music & food, learn more here


Anna O'Brien's

Open mic nights, indie music and more, Irish bar in University of Hawaii Manoa area. More info


Nashville Waikiki

Country music and classic rock bar now located at Aloha Tower near Hooter's. More info

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Oahu events December 2016 Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks Salutes Pearl Harbor w/ Trisha Yearwood, Thursday, 12/8 & Friday, 12/9 at 8:00 pm & Saturday, 12/10/16 at 6:30 & 10:00 pm at the Blaisdell Arena, $75.25 ($69 + $6.25 service fee)


HSO Music That POPS, "Holiday POPS", Sunday 12/11/16, 4:00 pm at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, $27-$79


Rebelution, Pepper & New Kingston present "Falling Into Place" Hawaii Tour, Friday, 12/16/16, 6:00 pm at the Waikiki Shell, $39.50-$79.50 ($5 increase day of event).


The Amy & Willie Holiday Show, 12/16 & 12/17 7:30 pm, 12/18, 4:30 pm at The Hawaii Theatre, $56-$95 depending on the day


Miguel presents "Wild Heart", Saturday, 12/17/16, 8:00 pm at the Blaisdell Arena, $49-$125


Hawaii Sumphony Orchestra: "Ode to Joy", Thrusday, 12/29/16 & Friday, 12/30/16, 7:30 pm at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, $34-$92.


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Oahu Events December Bill Maher

Jo Koy, Saturday, 12/10/16, 8:00 & 11:00 pm at The Hawaii Theatre, $35-$45


Jim Gaffigan presents "Fully Dressed", Thursday, 12/22/16, 7:00 pm at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, $49.50-$75


Ali Wong, Friday, 12/30/16, 7:00 & 9:30 pm at The Hawaii Theatre, $40-$65


Bill Maher's "6th Annual New Year's All-Star Evening of Comedy" with Margaret Cho & Dana Gould, Saturday, 12/31/16, 7:30 pm at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, $45.50-$95.50


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Honolulu Marathon Expo at Hawaii Convention Center

Thursday, 12/8/16, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Friday, 12/9/16, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, 12/10/16, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

more info on website


Honolulu Marathon, Sunday, 12/11/16, 5:00 am, starts in Ala Moana Beach Park and finishes in Kapiolani Park; 808-734-7200, more info at http://www.honolulumarathon.org/

Event need to know information summary here


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Ongoing Events In Honolulu

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

hilton hawaiian village new years eve


First Fridays-First Friday of the month that features an art gallery walk, restaurants, shops & live entertainment in the Chinatown area from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm but the lounges & clubs in the area stay open later. More info here and on their Facebook page here

Art After Dark-Monthly art party at the Honolulu Museum of Art, dates are not listed for December. More info here


HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Slam Poetry Competition, Thursday, 12/8/16, 8:30-11:30pm, $3 before 8:30, $5 after. $100 prize to the winner. Hosted & located at Fresh Cafe Warehouse aka “Loft in Space” in Kakaako. Also features live music, live painters, MC’s, national touring poets & DJ’s. Largest registered poetry slam in the world with over 500 attending so go early. Visit website or call 808-387-9664 for more info.

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Eat the Street, the last Friday of the month on 11/25/16, 4:00-10:00pm,1011 Ala Moana (old Fisherman's Wharf location); more info here.

There is also a limited Daily Street Grindz w/ about 5-7 food trucks during the day & evening. It's great to run by there & get something to eat for lunch. Take cash. Check the Facebook page to see who's there that day. Kau Kau Grill has THE best ribs-the meat just falls off the bone. Lots of sweet sauce & it's super juicy. I'm from Chicago so I know my ribs :)

Art on the Zoo Fence-Artists hang their works on the wall fence of the Honolulu Zoo on Monsarrat Ave.Happens on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am-4:00pm. More info here

Mai Tai Bar-Live local music most weekends at Ala Moana Shopping Center, 4th fl with acts performing in their open lanai style bar. Very popular Pau Hana style bar with locals, tourists & military alike.

Free Hawaiian cultural activities at the Royal Hawaiian Center most days such as hula, ukulele and lei making. See website for schedule details


Hula at Kuhio Beach Park daily 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.




oahu events hulas catamaran saturdaysSaturdays-Gay friendly 90 minute catamaran cruise sponsored by Hula's, $20.

Meet at Hula's at 2:00pm or at the boat which leaves at 3:00 from in front of the Sheraton Waikiki (Mai Tai is the name of the boat).

Cruise includes a free drink.





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