8 Things to Do in December

Enjoy the last month of 2013 with free museum admission, a new photo collection and a vintage shopping spree.


December 6–22

If you loved the movie with Will Ferrell, definitely see this play at Diamond Head Theatre. The musical has journeyed to several cities, including Halifax, Novia Scotia, and debuted on Broadway in 2010–2011. Tickets start at $15. diamondheadtheatre.com

Photo: Courtesy Jeff Gere

An Evening of Mythology and Storytelling

December 8

Experience a unique fusion of storytelling as shadow puppetry, hula, dancing and more come together to celebrate Japanese and Hawaiian creation myths. The Shinto organization Eishokukai sponsors the Hawaii Theatre show. Tickets are $23, $13 for kids, military and seniors. hawaiitheatre.com

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show

December 8

Wrap up your holiday shopping by heading down to the Neal S. Blaisdell suites for the winter vintage collectibles show. You’re bound to find something unique. Admission is $4.50, or $15 for early birds. ukulele.com


Photo: Courtesy Bishop Museum

Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s birthday

December 15

Today is the princess’ birthday and, to celebrate, Bishop Museum is waiving its admission charge. Now’s your chance to visit the newly refurbished Pacific Hall, Hawaiian Hall and special exhibitions such as the Niihau shell lei collection. bishopmuseum.org

Photo: Paul Fuga

Paula Fuga and Mike Love Trio performance

December 18

It’s December’s Music of Hawaii, the monthly Hawaiian music concert, at Doris Duke Theatre. This time, it’s Hawaiian/reggae trio Paula Fuga and Mike Love. Tickets are $25 general, $45 VIP. honolulumuseum.org


Decisive Moments

December 18–June 8

Jim and Cherye Pierce are avid photo collectors. Their latest collection of 20th-century and contemporary photographs, amassed over 40 years, is on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The theme explores “the decisive moment.” honolulumuseum.org


Photo: courtesy klompching gallery

Bill Maher

December 31

Political comedian Bill Maher returns for his third annual Aloha Tour, performing his notoriously brash standup at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on New Year’s Eve. Not one to spare feelings, Maher promises to take shots across the aisle. Tickets start at $45.50. blaisdellcenter.com

Photo: New York City and Hawaii Kai Marina Association

Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade

December 21

When the sun goes down, the boats light up! The 17th annual boat parade in Hawaii Kai features more than 30 decorated vessels, which will pass by the three shopping centers in the lower marina. Come early for a seat. hawaiikaimarina.com


There are a handful of Christmas parades the island this month. Visti HONOLULU Family's website for the schedule: honolulufamily.com. For more events, visit calendar.honolulumagazine.com.