Calendar Listings – To have a local event listed in our monthly calendar, email at least six weeks in advance. Make sure to include the location, price, date and time. If available, please attach a high-resolution (300 dpi) photograph with your email.

ʻUpena Kiloi: Hawaiian Throw-Net Workshop

Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about the ʻupena kiloi with instructor Gregory “Gigi” Gomes. Participants will be taught how to make a 5 foot to 8 foot throw net, how to repair the net and how to use it. Free, but supply kits will be sold at the workshop for $10 (thread, needle, sugi, shuttle, scissors). Paukūkalo-Hawaiian Homes Park, Kaumualiʻi St., Wailuku. Registration in advance is recommended. Contact OHA’s Community Outreach Coordinator Thelma Shimaoka at (808) 873-3364,

Honolulu City Lights

Dec. 2, 4 p.m.
The annual Discovery Fair offers a family-oriented day of engaging educational interactive exhibits, food booths and a variety of “Safe Communities” activities and information. Attendees can meet Honolulu Police Department’s trained dogs, fight virtual fires and exploring a variety of emergency vehicles with their families. Free. Leeward Community College,

Wreath Making with Native Plants

Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Learn to make a wreath from native plants with Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Executive Director Tamara Sherrill and ʻohana. $50 or $25 for garden members. Visit, call (808) 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Kalani Pe‘a at Let it Snow!

Dec. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
“Snowflakes” will descend as Grammy winner Kalani Peʻa performs at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center’s annual snowfall experience. The event is a fundraising backdrop for several non-profit organizations. Free. Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, call (808) 877-4325 or visit

Maui Bird Conservation Center Open House

Dec. 2-3, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Presentations, guided tours of the birds and aviaries, crafts and snacks are part of the annual open house. Tours will be given on a first-come first-serve basis. Free. Maui Bird Conservation Center, email for more information.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 6, 6:15 p.m.
Windward Oʻahu’s annual ceremony at Castle Medical Center begins with a pre-ceremony concert by the Marine Forces Pacific Band. The formal ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and includes music from Henry Kapono, Santa’s arrival and trolley rides. Josh Tatofi performs at 7:30 p.m. Free popcorn, Christmas cookies and beverages while they last. Castle Medical Center, 620 Ulukahiki Street, 263-5400.

Historic Bayer Estate Tour

Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Historic Hawai‘i Foundation is hosting a tour, talk and pau hana at the Carl & Florence Bayer Estate in ʻĀina Haina, the site of Steve McGarrett’s home on “Hawaiʻi Five-0.” $65 general admission; $50 HHF members. Details and tickets available at

‘Ūkēkē ho‘opili hou

Dec. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Bring the ʻohana & friends to an evening of sharing and listening to a variety of ʻukēkē stories and experiences, past and present, to kōkua in ensuring that the traditional Hawaiian art and science of the ʻukēkē lives on today and for generations to come. If you have them, please bring YOUR ʻūkēkē and ʻūkēkē moʻolelo! Free & open to the public at the Paʻi Arts Gallery at Kālia.

Creations with Pyrography (Woodburning)

Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hands-on workshop in creating your own artwork on your ipu heke or other woods. Space is limited and there are only six gourds available for purchase. Few tools will be available. Bring carbon paper, image to be traced and wood burner, although a few will be available to begin. Paukūkalo-HHL Building, 655 Kaumualiʻi St., Wailuku, (808) 873-3364. Presented by OHA.

Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace and Gingerbread Workshop

Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This third annual event offers one stop local holiday shopping with a gourmet gift section, gift baskets, pop-up shops and more. A gingerbread workshop benefitting Kama‘āina Kids will be part of the event but reservations are required. $4. Blaisdell Exposition Hall, or call 732-6037.

Lauhala Ornament Workshop

Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Learn to weave hala leaves into holiday ornaments, and visit the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum galleries on Second Saturday. Drop in anytime to make an ornament, allowing about 30 minutes to complete it. Free. Multipurpose Room, No. 1, Capitol State District Building,

Ho‘ōla 2017

Dec. 10-11
This two-day series from ʻAha Pūnana Leo Waimea focuses on wahi pana through development workshops, exhibits and demonstrations to honor and celebrate Waimea and Kohala. Visit or call (808) 885-7166 for more information. Sponsored in part by an Office of Hawaiian Affairs ʻAhahui Grant.

Ke Kula Mele Concert

Dec. 16., 11 a.m., Nov. 17, 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy the music of Ke Kula Mele – School of Hawaiian Music under the direction of Kumu Alan Akaka. Students will perform songs with the theme of KA MANU – BIRDS, as well as some Christmas songs, on steel guitar, ʻukulele, guitar and Hawaiian-style bass. Free. Windward Mall, visit or call 375-9379.

Christmas Brunch and ‘Aha Mele Concert

Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring the ʻohana to Waimea Valley for brunch catered by Ke Nui Kitchen and an ʻAha Mele Concert on the main lawn, featuring Mailani, Paula Fuga and Jerry Santos. The concert is free. Brunch is $49.95 for adults and $24.95 for keiki 4-12.