It’s Not Christmas in Hawaii Until You…

For a fun Waikiki Christmas, come to the Honolulu City Lights. It is a free event that takes place all month long. This is where you will see the famous Shaka Santa, which is huge!

See The Honolulu City of Lights

One of the best Hawaiian Christmas traditions is to go to the beach and build a sandman! This is truly a fun experience and will create a memory that will last forever.

Build A Sandman 

Mele Kalikimaka means Merry Christmas in Hawaiian. You will hear it all around you at all the shops, restaurants, and tours you go on during your trip. Try to say it to as many people as you can while you are there! It will help you get more into the holiday spirit.

Say "Mele Kalikimaka"

In Hawaii, you will find some cute Christmas decorations that make for great Christmas souvenirs you can use in your home for the following year.

Get Some Christmas Souvenirs

Every year, the Polynesian Cultural Center has so many fun holiday activities during December. One of the most popular items is the Christmas canoe ride along the lagoon. It is a short ride that will show beautiful Christmas lights.

See Christmas Lights on the Lagoon

Winter is the best time to go whale watching in Hawaii! Plenty of great cruises will take you out on the ocean to get a close-up view of these beautiful creatures.

Go Whale Watching

If you love to surf, put on a fun Santa hat and go surfing! This is a simple way to make it feel a little more like Christmastime while still enjoying the island-style holiday.

Wear a Santa Hat at the Beach

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