Top 10 Things To Do During the Holidays in Hawaii

Top 10 Things To Do During the Holidays in Hawaii

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Holiday Fun in the Hawaiian Islands: Top 10 Activities

Spending the holidays in Hawaii is an unforgettable experience, blending the festive spirit with unique island traditions. Whether you're a visitor or a local, there's something special for everyone. Here's our top 10 list of holiday activities:

Holiday Surfing

  • Celebrate the season by catching some waves with friends and family. Surfing is the perfect Hawaiian way to enjoy togetherness and gratitude.

Honolulu City Lights

  • Honolulu City Lights – “Honolulu City Lights” is a festive installation of holiday displays in downtown Honolulu. There is food and fun for kids of all ages. This annual tradition is a perfect way to feel the spirit of the season if you are spending the holidays on the island of Oahu. 

Honolulu City Lights Christmas - Exotic Estates

Holiday Hula Shows

  • Experience the magic of free holiday hula shows in most towns and resort areas. These family-friendly events mix traditional dances with festive cheer. 

Hawaii Event by John Di Rienzo - Exotic Estates

Snow on Mauna Kea

  • Missing a little snow in your holiday? Well, if you’re staying on the Big Island, you can take a tour of Mauna Kea. At nearly 14,000 ft., snow makes a regular appearance on the summit. There are established tour companies that can introduce you to the geology of the islands as well as give you the star-gazing experience of a lifetime! 

Mauna Kea View by John Di Rienzo - Exotic Estates

Holiday Music

  • On all of the islands, there are concerts that feature traditional Hawaiian music during the holiday season. Some of them will have a uniquely Hawaiian take on holiday favorites. Many of these concerts are free of charge and held in public spaces. 

Hawaiian Music

Surfing Santa

  • Santa visits Hawaii, too! Kids will love seeing Hawaiian Santa, especially his annual canoe arrival on Waikiki Beach, riding the waves to shore.

Santa Beach Maui -Jenn Findlay Exotic Estates

Tour the Decorations

  • Hawaii’s hotels and resorts are decked out for the holidays. You do not need to be a guest to enjoy a tour of the decorations! Often there are free events taking place for the kids to enjoy. Make an afternoon of it. 

Christmas Hawaii - Jenn Findlay - Exotic Estates

Holiday Hike

  • There is no dashing the through the snow, but a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family in Hawaii is with a holiday hike. The landscape is so beautiful that it can be a very spiritual experience for all. Some of the hikes we love are the Manoa Falls Trail (easy) and the Olomana Trail (more challenging - research before attempting) on Oahu, the Iao Valley (easy - reservations required) on Maui and the Na Pali Coast on Kauai (challenging - research before attempting).

Manoa Falls Oahu by John Di Rienzo - Exotic Estates

New Year's Eve Fireworks

  • Ring in the New Year with spectacular fireworks displays. Waikiki, Poipu Beach (Kauai), Wailea and Hana (Maui), and Kailua-Kona (Big Island) all host fantastic shows.

New Year's Fireworks by Jenn Findlay - Exotic Estates

Time with Friends & Family

  • The best part of the holidays is spending quality time with loved ones. Enjoy the unique setting of Hawaii to create lifelong memories.

Maui Villa Family - Exotic Estates

Enjoy your Hawaiian holiday with these delightful activities, blending the island's charm with festive cheer.

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