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Enjoy Christmas in Honolulu

Festivities abound on Oahu over the holiday season, and Halekulani is one of the Hawaiian resorts renowned for celebrating this special time of year with events on property, as well as access to many of the activities happening around our island.

At Honolulu’s City Hall, known as Honolulu Hale, visitors can enjoy Honolulu City Lights, a free, month-long display of trees, wreaths, and over-sized sculptures including the famous Shaka Santa lounging with Tutu Mele at the City Hall fountain. This family-friendly event, which raises funds for local charities, has been part of Honolulu’s celebrations for 30 years. Visitors can enjoy food, music and kids’ rides as they take in the colorful displays that surround the nearby public buildings, including the State Library and Iolani Palace, and view the iconic 55-foot Christmas tree. On Monday, December 21, guests at Halekulani can take a tour of the Honolulu City Lights, by hopping on a complimentary one-hour trolley ride. There are two tours that evening, leaving at 6:30 p.m. or at 7:30 p.m. Guests are asked to meet at the Porte Cochere.

Ala Moana, the largest shopping center in Hawaii, is celebrating the season by welcoming “Famous Santas” who have been part of Macy’s Santa Claus Parade in New York City. Reservations to have a photo taken with Santa can be made through our Concierges. “Ala Moana has a two-story high snow globe with Hawaii-themed decorations,” says Frank Hernandez, Head Concierge at Halekulani. On Monday, December 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. guests can enjoy complimentary transportation from Halekulani to Ala Moana Center. Shuttles leave every 30 minutes from the Porte Cochere. “Guests shopping at Ala Moana can have their purchases delivered to Halekulani,” says Frank. “Just speak with one of our Concierges.”

Another place to soak in the special feeling of a Hawaii Christmas vacation is at the Polynesian Cultural Center. “The  center is decorated to reflect the holiday traditions of all cultures in the Pacific,” says Frank. Visitors can enjoy a canoe ride through the lagoon, and experience the sights and sounds of the Pacific. 

Christmas is a great time of year to be in Hawaii, and we invite our guests to explore all the season has to offer on Oahu.