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Exploring: Calendar > Oahu > January
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.
Every January First
Create a more cultural, spiritual and reflective New Year’s transition this year. Come celebrate Hatsumode at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu and embrace the spirit of the Japanese with a traditional New Years blessing on January 1 between Midnight and 5:00 pm. Hatsumode featurea Shishimai Lion Dance and complimentary bowls of Ozoni Mochi soup. The event is open to the public. Admission is free. Lots of street parking from Midnight – 9:00 AM. Parking on 1/1 from 9 AM – 3PM will be at Damien School on Houghtailing St. Free Shuttle runs continuously between 9AM – 3PM. Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha - 1239 Olomea Street (off Houghtailing). For more information call 808-841-4755.
NEW YEAR'S OHANA FESTIVAL
This annual all-day affair features a variety of cultural exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, food booths, and craft demonstrations. The festivities take place at the Japanese Cultural Center, 2454 S. Beretania, Honolulu & Moiliili Field, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. For more information call (808) 945-7633.
SONY OPEN IN HAWAII PGA TOUR TOURNAMENT
The Sony Open in Hawaii launches the first full-field PGA Tour event of the year during its Aloha Season. The Sony Open in Hawaii features over 140 internationally-renowned golf professionals competing for the $918,000 champion's prize of the overall $5.1 million purse. Played at the Waialae Country Club golf course. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning December 2005 at all Oahu First Hawaiian Bank locations. Tickets are also available at the gate. For more information call (808) 523-7888.
Honolulu's Aloha Stadium hosts the Best of the Best collegiate all-star players in this annual premier football game. Televised live in primetime. For tickets or more information call (800) 971-1232.
Hawaii's leading multinational girls gymnastics competition featuring top teams from Hawaii, the mainland and other countries such as Canada, Japan and Australia. Aloha Gymfest is the longest continuously held gymnastics competition in the USA. Held at Kailua High School. For more information call (808) 235-6866.
Third Wednesday in January
OPENING OF HAWAII'S LEGISLATURE
The opening of Hawaii's Legislature held on the third Wednesday in January is full of traditional pageantry and aloha--a fascinating Hawaiian event. 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol, Honolulu. For more information call (808) 586-6400.
PACIFIC ISLANDS ARTS FESTIVAL
The festival is presented annually at Kapiolani Park, near the bandstand across from the Honolulu Zoo, features made-in-Hawaii products from 100 multi-ethnic fine artists and handcraft artisans, as well as working demonstrations, make-it and take-it lei making, hula performances, Hawaiian music, wonderful foods and snacks. All day each day, free admission. For more information call (808) 696-6717.
TURTLE BAY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
The Champion Tour makes its annual stop on the North Shore of Oahu to complete for a purse of $1.5 million. For tickets or more information call (800) 545-1588.
ALOHA STATE SQUARE & ROUND DANCE FESTIVAL
The Aloha State Square & Round Dance Festival has been around for decades. Square dancers from all around the world join with Hawaii dancers to enjoy a week of "Friendship Set To Music". Events on the island of Oahu include a Luau, local dancing, festival workshops, evening dances, and square dance cruises. Mainland callers and cuers will lead the festival events at Ala Wai Golf Course Ballrooms. For more information call (808) 672-3646.
MOANIKEALA HULA FESTIVAL
The host culture of Hawaii is the featured island group for January at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The spotlight shines on our island hula dancers, young and old, as they share their skills in this annual exhibition of dance in tribute to one of Laie's own kumu hula, the late Aunty Sally Wood Naluai. Admission $8.00 ($6.00 for kids). For more information call (800) 367-7060 or (808) 293-3333.
Last Weekend in January
WAIKIKI COMMUNITY CENTER ALA WAI CHALLENGE
An all-day affair featuring Hawaiian sporting events including ancient Hawaiian games, outrigger canoe race, and food booths accompanied by Hawaiian entertainment. Ala Wai Community Park, Waikiki at the bottom of University Ave. For more information call (808) 923-1802.
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.