Holiday in Hawaii

Posted by loleono on Nov 28th 2023

Holiday in Hawaii

When you think of the holiday season, you probably envision a roaring fire, a blanket of snow covering the ground and a tall mug of hot cacao in hand. But what if your white Christmas was made of white-sand beaches, the smell of sunscreen and a coconut rum? If you suddenly find yourself browsing holiday flights…you’re not the only one. If you like whale watching, waterfalls and winter-white bikinis, a holiday in Hawaii may be just your style.

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Winter Waterfalls:

Although Christmas falls during the rainy season in Hawaii, you’ll be happy to hear that the liquid sunshine is only temporary and typically followed by sunshine and picturesque rainbows. Thanks to the extra rainfall, this also makes it the perfect time of year to visit the island’s numerous waterfalls. In the winter, Hawaii’s waterfalls are bigger and more impressive. As always, proceed with caution near the falls–many are better for looking than touching.


Santa Claus is still coming to town! In Hawaii, residents have Kanakaloka, a jolly man with a white beard much resembling our mainland Santa. However, Kanakaloka is typically wearing swim trunks and a Hawaiian surf shirt. Don’t worry about setting cookies by the fire, this island Claus arrives via surfboard or canoe!

City Lights:

If you’re headed to the island of Oahu, don’t skip the Honolulu city lights. The Friends of Honolulu City Lights is a long-standing, nonprofit organization that puts on an annual (free) celebration throughout the entire month of December. Events include Christmas tree lighting, photos with Santa, Shaka Santa displays, delicious food and so much more. If you’re onboard to Oahu, check out the event schedule here!

Surf vs. Snow:

Big rain = big waves. Pro surfers love to roll into shore during the winter months on swells up to 30 feet high! Check out the giant waves (from ashore) on the North shore of Oahu or head down to the beach to watch the surf contests!

Whale Watching:

Nothing says Holiday in Hawaii quite like whale watching. Whale watching from the shore is possible on the Big Island with some good luck and patience. Kapa’a Beach park is also an incredible place to whale watch and has covered, picnic pavilions!

Christmas Carols Island Style:

When you think of Christmas Music, you probably think of Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas is You” or “The Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby. For a holiday in Hawaii, carols might sound a little different. Swap out those seat warmers for a top-down comfortable and turn up the tunes for some ukulele classics. Not jet-setting this year? Channel your island Christmas with a Hawaiian playlist featuring: “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Santa’s Hula,” “Nu ‘Oli” and Willie K’s “O Holly Night.”

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