OAHU DECEMBER EVENTS
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:
Considered to be the world's premier surfing event, the Vans Triple Crown takes place in the giant winter waves of the North Shore each year sometime between end of November and early December. The days change each year depending on when the surfing conditions are best. The first stop of the Triple Crown is the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Beach. Stop two is the O'Neill World Cup at Sunset Beach. The third and final jewel in the crown is the Xbox Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters. Only the world's top ranked pros are allowed to compete on the waves here, which can be up to 20 feet thick and up to four stories high.
Contact: (808) 638-7700.
World Art Bazaar:
This is an annual bazaar held annually from late November to early December at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It's an ideal place to find unique gift items and vintage and contemporary accents for the home from around the world.
Contact: (808) 532-8700.
Aloha Friday King's Jubilee & Fireworks :
From April to December, every Friday night the Super Pool at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa of Honolulu becomes the stage for ethnic Hawaiian entertainment and a beachfront fireworks show. Music, song and dance of the Polynesian Islands and the exciting Samoan Fire Knife Dance are featured as a regal tribute to King David Kalakaua.
Contact: Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa (808) 949-4321.
Annual Exhibition of UH Graduate Art Students:
Each year from late November to mid-December, the graduate art students at University of Hawaii's Department of Art & Art History present current paintings, sculptures, prints, and multi-media works at the Manoa Art Gallery.
Contact: (808) 956-6888.
Na Mele Nei - The Music of Hawaii Today:
Every Sunday of each month of the year, live music concert is presented by Native Books Na Mea Hawaii. The concert is held at 1 p.m. at Ward Warehouse Stage, Honolulu, and showcases a variety of island music.
Contact: (808) 596-8885 .
Annual Honolulu Marathon:
Held annually in the month of December, the popular Honolulu marathon takes the scenic 26-mile course from the famous Waikiki Beach to the Diamond Head.
Contact: Honolulu Marathon Association (808) 734-7200.
Candy Cane Lane:
The Candy Cane Lane is an ideal way to celebrate the holidays and enjoy festive entertainment and activities. Held at the Bishop Museum of Honolulu in mid-December each year, it is also a good place to get last minute shopping done at Shop Pacifica or at the craft fair. You can also the lights at night or ride the holiday train.
Contact: (808) 847-3511.
Pacific Handicrafters Christmas Fair:
The fair is an annual event held in mid-December at Thomas Square Park of Honolulu. It is free and open to the public and features pottery, wood, clothing, glass, jewelry, seed leis, Japanese style bags, polymer clay art, folk art, metal sculpture, miniature Hawaiian hula ornaments & fish hook pendants. Food and entertainment is also available, along with native Hawaiian plant education and sale, Massage Tent, Bonsai demonstration, and Martial Arts demonstration.
Contact: (808) 254-6788.
THeld around Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Outrigger Reef on the Beach, these fun activities are designed especially for keiki (children). Activities include Christmas ornament-making, Santa's arrival via the Outrigger Catamaran, sailing on the catamaran with Santa, and Christmas storytelling.
Contact: Luana Maitland (808) 924-6007.
Similar children's fun activities are held around the same time at Pearlridge Shopping Center, Aiea from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, with a Keiki Hula Show from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Contact: (808) 488-0981.
Guided Tours of the Hawaii Theatre:
Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. there is a tour of the Hawaii Theatre offering a unique insight into the history, art, architecture and restoration of the beautiful Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown, including a performance on the 1922 Robert Morton theatre organ.
Contact: (808) 528-0506.
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl :
The Hawaii Bowl is the first non-all-star post-season game in Hawaii played annually since December 2000 when the Oahu Bowl and the Aloha Bowl were played in Honolulu. The game is played between a team from Conference USA and one from the Western Athletic Conference.
Contact: (808) 944-2697.
Honolulu Symphony – Beethoven's Ninth, A Holiday Tradition:
Each year towards the end of December, this Beethoven's Ninth c oncert brings concertgoers to their feet, ringing in the holidays in triumphant style. This fundamentally optimistic and musically revolutionary work from the great maestro celebrates the potential of mankind.
Contact: Honolulu Symphony (808) 792-2000.