6 Neighborhood Christmas Displays on O‘ahu You Must See
These lights go out in 2016.
Some neighborhoods around town have been taking their Christmas-light game to a new level. Gone are the days of putting up a single string of multicolored lights around the rooftop and calling it a day. The new generation builds sets out of lights, statues, inflatables and even coordinated music. Take a drive around the Island to see what Christmas decorating is really about.
Photos: Lennie Omalza
If you haven't seen Anapau Place in person, you may have seen it on TV, because the Waikele street was a contender on the ABC show The Great Christmas Light Fight. (But, even if you’ve seen it on TV, it’s totally worth seeing.) The light show, coordinated with multiple houses on the street, is truly an amazing display of a community coming together. Plus, it features popular tunes, including the earworm "Let it Go." Open nightly from 7 to 9:30 p.m., organizers are accepting donations to support local charities. Last year, they gave to The Next Step Shelter, the Hawaiian Humane Society and P.A.T.C.H.
Dubbed “Christmas Lane,” this Nāmoku Street display is actually the “new” Christmas Lane. Formerly in Kahaluʻu, the hot holiday spot moved locations after several homeowners sold their properties. Though there is no coordination from one house to the next, we appreciate the variety of presentations—spectators can feast their eyes on everything from teddy bears and nutcrackers to Angry Birds and Snoopy. There's even a house with a built-in “Where’s Waldo” display. Check it out and see if you can find all five Waldos.
This downscaled version of Christmas Lane in Kāneʻohe has about eight houses decked out with lights and various displays, featuring kiddie favorites such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Barney and Hello Kitty.
Called “Candy Cane Lane” by some, this Mariners Village 2 display is one of the more traditional we've seen. It features an illuminated path to Santa, reindeer, a snowman and the like.
Though there's only one participating house on this street, we're giving it an “A” for effort. This West Side soloist has three trees in its front yard, plus lights with synchronized music—13 songs to be exact.
Kikaha Street, View it nightly from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
This single-home display on the Windward side boasts inflatables, ornaments and more than 10,000 lights synchronized to—what else—Christmas music. Enjoy the show from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.
Akumu Street, Kailua