Listed below are some of the popular Christmas light displays throughout Hawaiʻi. They are listed alphabetically by island.
To wish someone “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian say, “Mele Kalikimaka” (may-lay kah-lee-kee-mah-kah). To say “Happy New Year”, it’s “Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou” (how-oh-lee mah-kah-hee-kee ho).
Christmas lights on Hawaiʻi Island
Kailua-Kona hosts a Christmas (street) parade and a lighted boat parade on different days in December.
- In 2021, the Christmas parade will be a walk-through event on December 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium and the Kona Community Aquatic Center. The walk-through parade will begin at the north gate of the complex, with spectators strolling through stationary entries ending on the south side culminating with Santa and his reindeer. More info: Holiday ‘parades’ a go (kaumakani.com)
- In 2021, we could not find a lighted boat parade on the schedule: Calendar of Events (historickailuavillage.com)
Kilauea Military Camp recreation center, near the summit of Kilauea volcano, goes all out for Christmas. More info: https://www.kilaueamilitarycamp.com/
- Last time we checked (December 3), we found no information about Christmas lights in 2021.
Punalights, 15-2053 18th Keaau, HI 96749, first started in 2008 and has grown through the years. Synchronized Christmas Lights with music broadcast on 106.7 FM. More info: https://www.facebook.com/punalights/
Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade. More info: https://www.waimeatown.org/parade
- In 2021, on December 4 from 6-9PM, the community can enjoy a drive-through parade along ʻAla ʻŌhiʻa Road.
Christmas lights on Kauaʻi
Festival of Lights is lit every night from Thanksgiving to New Yearʻs Day. In the Historic County Building at Lihue County Park, 4396 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766. More info: https://kauaifestivaloflights.com/
Christmas lights on Maui
Grand Wailea Resort is decked out for Christmas with a lighted tree and other displays in the hotel lobby and throughout the grounds. More info: https://www.grandwailea.com/
Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina lights the historic tree at the beginning of December with thousands of lights strung on its branches. More info: https://lahainatown.com/banyan-tree-park.php
Hyatt Regency in Lahaina features the Halona Kai Holiday Villagefeatures a lighted tree, goodies, and a holiday movie under the Hawaiian night sky. Reservations suggested.
- 2021 Halona Kai Holiday Village. December 23-27, 2021 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Each evening there is a tree lighting ceremony, special appearance by Santa Claus, holiday music, and family activities. Tickets: $45 per person. Advanced reserevation recommended. More info: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/hawaii/hyatt-regency-maui-resort-and-spa/oggrm/dining
Christmas lights on Oʻahu
Aloha Stadium annual drive-thru holiday light show is a dazzling display of over two million LED lights choreographed to holiday music. The winter wonderland is lit before Thanksgiving Weekend through New Yearʻs Day. After the drive thru light show, park in the upper Halawa lot and walk over the bridge through the new Light Tunnel to the Mega Tree area for more family fun and food court.
- What: 2021 Show Aloha Land
- Where: Aloha Stadium, Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818. Enter ONLY from Kahuapaani Street, Gate 3.
- When: November 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – January 1, 2022 @ 11:30 pm
- Tickets: $55 per car
- More info: https://alohastadium.hawaii.gov/event/show-aloha-land-the-holiday-spectacular-winter-2021/
Honolulu City Lights on the Honolulu Hale grounds is typcially lit the December through New Yearʻs. Visitors are welcome to visit after dark to see the holiday tree on the front lawn, the large Shaka Santa and Tūtū Mele, in addition to light displays. There is plenty of opportunity for selfie photos! (Note: in 2021, the following activities are suspended but expected to return in 2022: the Light Parade, live concerts, holiday wreath contest, vendor booths, keiki rides, and photos with Santa.) More info: https://www.honolulucitylights.org/. The 2021 Honolulu Hale tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast live for all to see on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53, with rebroadcasts also shown at the dates and times listed below. More info: https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-csd-menu/site-csd-sitearticles/1454-site-csd-news-2021-cat/45053-11-19-21-city-and-county-of-honolulu-to-ring-in-holiday-season-dec-4.html
- Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. – live ceremony event
- Sunday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 10 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.
Kapolei City Lights holiday extravaganza features a tree lighting at Kapolei Hale (1000 Ulu‘ōhia St, Kapolei, HI 96707), parade, and community festival. More info: https://www.facebook.com/kapoleicitylights/
- December 11, 2021 at 8pm through January 9, 2022. The lighting ceremony, parade, and other activities are cancelled this year, but you can visit the light displays throughout the holiday season. More info: https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-dpr-menu/site-dpr-sitearticles/45058-kapolei-city-lights.html
Oʻahu Jingle Rock Ride from the comfort of your own car. Use the map to drive around and see some of the islandʻs best holiday lights. Consider making a donation to Make-A-Wish Hawaii in support of local keiki with critical illnesses. More info: https://raceroster.com/events/2021/51556/jingle-rock-ride-2021/fundraising-organization/32989#event-description
- December 12, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Map and more info: https://raceroster.com/events/2021/51556/jingle-rock-ride-2021
Waikīkī Trolley Holiday Lights Tour is a 45-minute ride on their double-decker bus through Waikīkī and Downtown Honolulu to see Shaka Santa, the moving lights by the Board of Water Supply, and all the buildings dressed up for the season. Reservations are required and often fill up quickly. More info: https://holidaylightshi.com/
- December 5-26, 2021 (including Christmas Day). Tours depart hourly 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Tickets: $20/adults, $15 keiki (3-11), kids 2 years and younger are free if they sit on an adult’s lap. Remain onboard or disembark at Honolulu Hale to enjoy the city’s decorated 50-foot tree, Shaka Santa & Tūtū Mele and more yuletide outdoor displays.
Ward Village features holiday décor from Thanksgiving Weekend through New Yearʻs. Enjoy an island-style winter wonderland, complete with music playing in the streets. You can dine and shop, too! More info: https://www.wardvillage.com/holiday-guide/holiday-happenings/