The Best Things to Do on O‘ahu in December 2020
Virtual live concerts, decorating our homes with local goods, cooking at home and running outdoors: Let’s end the year supporting some of the groups behind the handful of activities that kept us sane during this insane year. #HONOLULUSupportsLocal
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Honolulu Marathon and Virtual BeachFest
One of Hawai‘i’s most popular annual events has gone (you guessed it) virtual with a new way of participating in its three races: the Kalākaua Merrie Mile (1 mile), Start to Park 10K (6.2 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles). Complete one, two or all three races anywhere and anyway you want. Just be sure to track your run with a GPS app and submit proof before the end of the month so you can take home swag including a finisher shirt, medal and an all-access pass to the Virtual BeachFest—an online portal to expert training videos, discounts, cooking demos, Hawaiian music and dancing, kid activities and more. Still need motivation to make a move? Check out the marathon’s special running playlist on Spotify.
Anywhere, $35–$45, honolulumarathon.org
Dec. 1 & 13
December is the perfect time to give back. The eighth annual Jingle Rock Run has become Jingle Rock Ride (Dec. 13), where families can make a donation to Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i, then follow the nonprofit’s map to the brightest holiday light displays across the island (wish.org/hawaii). And in case you were wondering, Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1 this year. Donate to more than 200 groups through our Give Big Hawai‘i website, givebighawaii.com.
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Gift of Aloha Telethon
December 6 | 2 p.m.
Five of Hawai‘i’s favorite local musicians will join Hawai‘i Theatre’s virtual fundraiser, which will be livestreamed across various platforms (including KHON2). Support our historic theater by tuning in and making a donation. You’ll see sets by Nā Hōkū Hanohano winners Henry Kapono; John Cruz (also a Grammy Award winner); The Mākaha Sons; Taimane Gardner; and Hawai‘i’s top-selling female vocalist (and 18-time Nā Hōkū winner), Amy Hānaiali‘i.
Hana Hou Holiday Market
December 6 | 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Home décor lovers, unite! 2020 has been the year of cave-dwelling so the promise of a safe outdoor market featuring locally made home goods is a welcome distraction. And we can bring the fur babies? My dog has rued the day she begged me to stay home with her forever. Let’s get out and support local!
The Vans Triple Crown
The Billabong Pipe Masters runs Dec. 8 to 20 and the Vans Triple Crown runs from Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan. 18, 2021, so we can’t think of a better reason to head up to the North Shore to get our fill of amazing surf (especially with the Olympics being postponed to July 23, 2021). While you’re up there, be sure to visit local businesses.
It’s winter and we all need some comfort food right now. Check out our top picks for noodle soup dishes around O‘ahu.
In the Cards
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Many of us can’t travel to see friends and family this holiday season so why not send loved ones locally designed cards from your favorite artists?
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