Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: Dec. 7–10, 2017

Holiday crafting, a Santa sighting, pop-up shopping and fun things to do with the family.


Is it chilly, or is it just us? Our Mainland friends will roll their eyes, but it’s brisk days like these (and the subsequent fleece jackets, cozy scarves and hot cocoa) that really start getting us locals into the Christmas spirit. Get your holiday shopping in at Ward’s monthly second-Saturday event, with a pop-up urban market and discounts at participating merchants. Plus, greet the big man himself as Santa Claus arrives to Waikīkī by canoe to meet all the keiki on his nice list (there are lots of other holiday events happening this weekend too, check out our roundup for more), learn to knot your own macramé tree ornaments and spend some QT with your family of cuties.


Notted Nest Holiday Macrame Workshop

photo: courtesy of Notted Nest (@nottednest)


Holiday Macramé Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This year, why not deck your halls, Christmas tree—heck, everything—with some handmade flair? On Thursday, crafter Nicole of Notted Nest Hawai‘i hosts a holiday macramé workshop at The Pineapple Patio & Studios, where students will learn to make their choice of either holiday ornaments or a mini wall hanging. We’re partial to the adorable knotted ornaments (find it, among others, in our roundup of locally made holiday decorations), but either would make a fine addition to your home, and both are easily customizable, allowing you to add your own personal style for a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Drinks, pūpū and all the supplies you’ll need will be provided. Just bring yourself and any crafty friends.

$50, The Pineapple Patio & Studios, 2038 S. King St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

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SEE ALSO: 7 Local Holiday Ornaments That Will Give Your Christmas Tree a Pop of Aloha


New Wave Holiday

Friday, Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

This month’s New Wave Friday gets a festive spin with holiday activities for the keiki, local food booths, an outdoor bar, and live music by Aidan James, Bryson Andres and the Fresh Preps. This event is the perfect opportunity to finish (or start) your holiday shopping, with an outdoor pop-up urban market, special discounts at participating merchants and a free $10 gift certificate to redeem at New Wave Holiday when you spend $100 or more. And to make the deal a little sweeter, Ward Village is offering a free scoop at Lucy’s Lab Creamery or Via Gelato that evening to anyone who RSVPs online!

Free, South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. For more information, go here.


Santa Arrives to Waikiki by Canoe

photo: courtesy of outrigger hotels 


Santa’s Arrival to Waikīkī by Canoe

Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 to 10 a.m.

Sleighs may work up north, but Santa Claus is ditching his traditional mode of transportation for his arrival to the Islands. Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort invites everyone to come and welcome St. Nick as he paddles his canoe to shore, throwing shakas all along the way. Upon arrival, enjoy hula dancing, a meet-and-greet and free photos with the man himself. Families will also have another chance to meet Santa at the Outrigger Reef Waikīkī Beach Resort’s breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 16, complete with a breakfast buffet, balloon twisting and body painting.

Free, Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort, 2335 Kalākaua Ave. For more information, go here. For more information on Breakfast with Santa, go here.


SEE ALSO: 17 Holiday Events on O‘ahu to Get You in the Christmas Spirit


HUGS Benefit Wine Dinner

Sunday, Dec. 10, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Who doesn’t love to wine and dine? And, when it benefits a worthy cause, it’s just that much more enjoyable. This Sunday, chef Jason Kiyota of FC Café will prepare a special gourmet dinner (think escargot-style Kona coast abalone, balsamic-poached Mission figs, Burgundy-braised short ribs) featuring fresh, locally grown seasonal ingredients. Guests may opt to bring their own wines or enjoy a provided wine pairing. All proceeds from the dinner will support HUGS, a nonprofit serving families with children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illnesses. Seating is limited to 40 people, so we suggest making your reservations ASAP.

$125, FC Café, Enchanted Lake Shopping Center, 1020 Keolu Drive, Kailua. For more information on this event, go here. To make reservations for the HUGS benefit wine dinner, call (808) 754-7614. 


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.




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