7 Reasons to Get Out
Eddie Would Go
This year commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. The big-wave surf contest boasts 28 of the world’s best surfers riding some of its biggest waves. The contest is held when waves at Waimea Bay exceed 20 feet. The holding period is from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, and the opening ceremony is Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Visit quiksilver.com/eddie.
Celebrate the holidays Cazimero style with a concert featuring the sibling duo, Robert and Roland Cazimero. The Hawai‘i Theatre concert also includes performances by Halau Na Kamalei O Likolehua and the Royal Dance Co. Visit hawaiitheatre.com for more information and tickets.
Take Your Mark
Wake up bright and early to cheer on runners participating in the annual Honolulu Marathon. The 26-mile course includes ocean views along Waikiki beach and the Diamond Head and Koko Head craters. Last year, 23,232 people participated. Visit honolulumarathon.org.
Popping with Holiday Cheer
If you’re on the Valley Isle this weekend, visit the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater for the annual Holiday Pops concert. The Maui Pops Orchestra will perform a variety of holiday favorites and will also feature local soprano Leighanna Edwards. Call (808) 242-7469 for tickets.
Kick off the season with seven days of singing and dancing at A Hula Christmas at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The festival includes performances by Na Leo Pilimehana, Kealii Reichel, Kaukahi, Hoku Zuttermeister, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole and more than 100 hula dancers from the Islands. Visit royalhawaiiancenter.com.
Make Some Noise
Dec. 22-Jan. 3
For two weeks only, the Hawaii Theatre will be stomping, jumping and jamming. The hit sensation Stomp is returning to Honolulu. Its performers use a unique array of instruments, such as tractor-tire inner tubes, paint cans and boxes, to create impromptu music. The show has been produced in more than 350 cities in 36 countries. Tickets are $35 to $55; visit hawaiitheatre.com.
Head outdoors tonight for a fireworkslike display of shooting stars. The Geminids, considered by some to be the best meteor shower each year, produces more than 60 meteors per hour, for several hours. Be sure to view them away from city lights, and bring a blanket.