Photo: Makeke Booth
Finish your holiday shopping at OHA’s 2nd Annual Pop-Up Holiday Ma¯keke. - Photo: Kawena Carvalho-Mattos
Photo: Makeke Booth
Finish your holiday shopping at OHA’s 2nd Annual Pop-Up Holiday Mākeke. – Photo: Kawena Carvalho-Mattos

2nd Annual Pop-Up
Holiday Mäkeke

Dec. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ second annual holiday marketplace features dozens of vendors from across the pae ‘äina selling gifts and stocking stuffers for all ages – from decals to fine art; baseball caps to high fashion; and jewelry, crafts, food and more. Nä Lama Kukui, 560 N. Nimitz Highway,

Photo: Tree Lighting Cermony
Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2017. – Photo: Ron Slauson

Honolulu City Lights (34th Annual)

Dec. 1, 6 p.m., display open through Jan. 1

The Public Worker’s Electric Light Parade is a highlight of the annual Honolulu City Lights tree-lighting ceremony. The parade runs through Downtown Honolulu from River Street to Kawaiaha‘o Street. Free. Honolulu Hale and municipal grounds,

Living Wreath Making

Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cultural practitioner and instructor Sandy Haunani Miyasato will share traditional gathering practices and teach attendees to make beautiful decorative wreaths. Free. Mokupäpapa Discovery Center, Hilo. Seats are limited so call (808) 933-3106 to reserve your spot. Proudly supported by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

A Pinch of SALT

Dec. 1, 11 a.m.

Shop for gifts made by local artisans, crafters and designers at SALT’s upscale shopping event and support local businesses and vendors. SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 691 Auahi Street,

Kaua‘i Festival of Lights

Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., continues through Dec. 29

The Historic County Building will be transformed into a twinkling Kaua‘i-style holiday wonderland, which features photos with Santa, Josie Chansky’s “Trash to Treasure” folk art decorations and new “upcycled” creations. Free. (808) 639-8564,

Shop small “MAKE IT!” HAWAI‘I

Dec. 2, noon to 5:30 p.m.

Make It! Hawai‘i celebrates Hawai‘i’s cultural makers with a local craft fair, Hawaiian cultural workshops, entertainment from Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and Hälau Hula ‘o Hökülani and more. Free. Ka Makana Ali‘i centerstage, Proudly supported by an Office of Hawaiian Affairs ‘Ahahui Grant.

Nä Wähine Koa

Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.

Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua, Ph.D., gives a talk on 20th and 21st Century Women Warriors of Aloha ‘Äina, sharing rarely told stories about wähine who led demilitarization and sovereignty activism efforts from the 1970s and on. Free, part of the Nä Mo‘olelo lecture series. ‘Iolani Palace,

Häna Legends

Dec. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

This community theatrical program celebrates local heritage and showcases the skills and knowledge of East Maui cultural practitioners as they tell a legendary story through hula, mele, oli and no‘eau (artistic skill).

Billabong Pipe Masters

Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Head to the North Shore to watch 34 surfers compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing culminating event, and the last stop on the World Surfing League Championship Tour. Free. Banzai Pipeline,

Kapolei City Lights

Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

The Kapolei City Lights Opening Night Celebration features a parade along Ft. Barrette Road and Kapolei Highway at 6 p.m., and tree lighting at 7:15 p.m. at Kapolei Hale. Free,

Ke Kula Mele Winter Concert

Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to noon

Enjoy the music of Ke Kula Mele – School of Hawaiian Music under the direction of Kumu Alan Akaka. Students will perform songs about rain, mist and rainbows, as well as some Christmas songs, on steel guitar, ‘ukulele, guitar and Hawaiian style bass for this winter concert. Free. Windward Mall, 253-1143.

Photo: Amy Willie K poster

Amy Hänaiali‘i &
Willie K: A Ho‘onanea Holiday Concert

Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., with ho‘onanea activities beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Maui performers Any Hänaiali‘i and Willie K reunite on stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at a concert preceded by ho‘onanea activities, including local craft vendors and live music. $35-$65., 808-242-SHOW.


17th Annual Hawai‘i Bowl

Dec. 22, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

This year Hawai‘i’s holiday football tradition takes place a couple days before Christmas Eve, but continues to pit a Conference-USA team against one from Mountain West. $20-$45. Aloha Stadium,, 944-2687.

Photo: Voices Of Aloha group photo
Voices of Aloha. – Photo: Derrek Miyahara

Voices of Aloha Holiday Concert

Dec. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Renowned community choir Voices of Aloha presents “Songs of Peace” under the direction of Sangeet Gellhorn. Free. Kawaiaha‘o Church,