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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > December
November and December
VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING
The annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the world's premier surfing series that takes place in the giant winter waves of Oahu's North Shore. Stop one 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 Pipeline Masters. As the finale to the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will crown the world champion at the conclusion of the series. For more information call (808) 638-7700.
November and December
O'NEILL WORLD CUP OF SURFING
The O'Neill World Cup is the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Also known as the World Cup of Surfing, the O'Neill Cup is the penultimate event on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour. Only the world’s Top-ranked pros and four wildcard entrants are permitted to compete in this event. Waves at Sunset Beach can be up to 20 feet thick and up to four stories high.
Late November through Early December
WORLD ART BAZAAR
This popular bazaar features one-of-a-kind gift items and vintage and contemporary accents for the home from around the world. Jewelry, ethnic clothing, folk art, baskets, textiles, ornaments and holiday gifts from China, Russia, Indonesia, Africa, Thailand, and South America. No admission charge. Honolulu Academy of Arts Center at Linekona. For more information call (808) 532-8700 .
LANIKAI CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
The Lanikai Craft Fair is a bi-annual fundraising event that features over 95 of Hawaii's most talented craftspeople showcasing their original handcrafted goods. Most products are not available anywhere else, created solely for this event. Large selection of Christmas gifts, original art, home accents, clothing, bedding and pillows, pottery, stained glass, woodworking and much more. There is also entertainment and food. Lanikai Park, at the corner of Aalapapa and Kaiolena Streets. For more information call (808) 927-7989.
Saturdays and Sundays in December
CHRISTMAS TALK STORY
This is a local-style assortment of original stories by local authors are all told from a child's perspective. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew's Cathedral. Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For tickets or more information call (808) 839-9885.
Every December through early January
HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS
The Honolulu City Lights are spectacular and a holiday season tradition! Ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. when the city's 63-foot Norfolk Island pine will be lighted at Honolulu Hale. Light Parade will start at 6:30 p.m. proceeding down King St. to Honolulu Hale. Holiday concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sky Gate. Indoor Christmas trees and beautiful wreath exhibits are on display in the lobby of Honolulu Hale (City Hall) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information call (808) 523-4358.
December through April
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Humpbacks begin their southern migration from Alaska to Hawai'i in December every year to give birth to their calves as well as to mate. Whales stay through about April, but dates can vary somewhat.
ANNUAL OAHU GINGERBREAD FAMILY FESTIVAL
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation presents the Gingerbread Family Festival for the benefit of the Easter Seals Hawaii , which has been providing services to infants, children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families since 1946. For more information call 808-536-1015.
FESTIVAL OF ANGELS CRAFT SHOW
Annual YWCA of O‘ahu Festival of Angels, an Arts & Crafts Event! YWCA of O`ahu will showcases some of the top local artisans and craftspeople from the islands. Established in 1987, Festival of Angels is one of the most sought-after craft fairs on O`ahu. Lanikea YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Downtown Honolulu, is again opening her doors to promote art and fine crafts in the community and provide unique and compelling arts and crafts to the downtown audience. Mark your calendars... The holidays are just around the corner! For more information call (808) 538-7061 ext 234.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
This craft show and sale benefits the Queen's Medical Center Auxiliary. It will feature custom decorated trees and an exciting array of beautiful, handmade holiday decorations, including intricately crafted Christmas shadow boxes. Held in the Ward Warehouse. Admission is $1; children 12 years and younger are free. For more information call (808) 547-4397.
3rd Weekend in December
ANNUAL HONOLULU GIFT FAIR
Shop over 300 vendors at the Neil Blaisdell Center. Apparel; Antiques, Collectibles & Coins; Arts & Crafts; Books & Music; Food & Beverage; Gadgets & Toys; Health & Beauty; Home & Garden; Jewelry; Made in Hawaii; Personal Services; Pet Supplies; Visits by Santa; Prizes. For more information call 808-942-3110.
PACIFIC HANDCRAFTERS CHRISTMAS FAIR
A festival of fine arts and crafts that is free and open to the public featuring 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. Native Hawaiian plant education and sale, Massage Tent, Bonsai demonstration, Martial Arts demonstration. Thomas Square Park. For more information call (808) 254-6788.
Thursdays and Saturdays October through February (ongoing)
PUBLIC TOURS AT JAMES CAMPBELL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is located near Kahuku town on the north shore of Oahu. This wetland refuge is home to four endangered Hawaiian water birds and numerous migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. The refuge offers public tours Thursdays and Saturdays starting the third Saturday in October and ending the third Saturday in February each year. For more information call (808) 637-6330 ext. 27.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, except holidays (ongoing)
Enjoy the ever-changing sights and sounds of the Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaii. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will share highlights of the Arboretum collections. Tours are Tuesday 10 - 11:30 a.m. and Saturday 1 - 2:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. Tour donation: $2.50. For more information call (808) 988-0456.
All Year (ongoing)
MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM
Mission Houses Museum was established in 1920 by the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. Its three restored houses and research library provide a unique glimpse into 19th century Hawai‘i, and its temporary exhibition gallery expands the Museum’s relevance and positive impact on the community through the presentation of such exhibitions as The Marquesas: Two Centuries of Cultural Traditions and Lasting Impressions: Printing & Engraving in Hawai‘i. Each spring the museum hosts the Fancy Fair, where island craftspeople and artists show their wares. The visitor experience is further enhanced by an orientation Center, a shop and the Winterbourne Tea Room. Located at 553 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96813-3002 For more information call (808) 531-0481.
Every Tuesday (ongoing)
GUIDED TOURS OF THE HAWAII THEATRE
The one-hour tour offers 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. There is a fee for admission. For more information call (808) 528-0506.
HONOLULU STREET MARKET
Bringing the country back to Honolulu at City Square in Kalihi, right outside the downtown area. Open Saturdays only from 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Produce, cut flowers, bananas, fresh baked Kakaako breads, knick-knacks, collectibles, crafts, Paniolo Popcorn. Vendors vary from week to week. Support Hawaii's small farmers. No admission. Free parking. For more information call (808) 221-6042.
HAWAII NATURE CENTER
Ongoing nature classes and hikes for children and adults. 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu. For more information call (808) 955-0100.
Every Weekend (ongoing)
ART AT THE ZOO FENCE
Every weekend since July of 1954 hundreds of original paintings prints, and photos have been on display at the zoo fence and dozens of fine artists are on hand to meet. If you're visiting Honolulu, Art At The Zoo Fence is only a two-block walk from Waikiki. If you're lucky enough to live here, you can park at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand free parking lot just across Monsarrat Avenue from the Honolulu Zoo. (9 am - 4 pm) For more information call (808) 946-7713.
First Friday of Every Month (ongoing)
FIRST FRIDAY HAWAII
First Friday Hawaii Gallery Walk is a monthly event in downtown Honolulu with art exhibits, galleries, shops, entertainment, restaurants. They say: "Come join us for the most exciting event to hit downtown Honolulu on the first Friday of every month! Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment." For more information call 808-739-9797.
First Saturday of Every Month (ongoing)
RELIVE THE PLANTATION DAYS
A living history museum and ethno-botanical garden on a 50-acre site dedicated to the legacy of immigrant workers from the sugar plantation era. There are 32 authentic and replica structures furnished with artifacts placed in original settings. Hawaii's Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St. For reservations or more information call (808) 677-0110.
Every Thursday Evening (ongoing)
INTRODUCTION TO HULA: KEIKI
Keiki Hula: Children can learn basic movements of hula from instructor Germaine Kaleolani Haili. Haumana (students) will learn the history, language, and culture of this beautiful art form. Ward Warehouse (Ewa End-under Old Spaghetti Factory). For more information call Germaine Haili (808)596-8885.