Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: December 9–15, 2020

Light up your life, catch a Christmas flick, attend a living room concert and support a paw-sitive cause.


Holiday Lights Trolley

Photo: Courtesy of Waikīkī Trolley



Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

December 9 through 27, tours depart at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

Brighten up your holidays and take a joyride on a festive, lit-up trolley. The 45-minute excursion will chauffeur you through Downtown Honolulu to see familiar faces—Santa Shaka and Tūtū Mele—and twinkling light displays that have become part of our local holiday traditions. All trolleys will start and end at Victoria Ward Park, will operate only half full and no one will be allowed to disembark during the tour. Reservations are required and often fill up quickly. The trolleys will run on Christmas Day.


$15 for adults, $10 for kids 3 to 11 years old, kids 2 years and younger are free but must sit on an adult’s lap. (808) 591-2561,


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Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas at Aloha Drive-in Movies

Friday, December 11, 5:30 p.m.

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more,” The Grinch says. Preach! We could all learn a humbling lesson from the green grouch himself. Enjoy this holiday classic featuring Jim Carrey as “the mean one” who tries to steal the magic of Christmas from Whoville. Spoiler alert: His heart is not that small after all. The film is rated PG and runs 1 hour and 44 minutes; cars will be allowed 45 minutes before the movie starts.


$40 for a car with up to five passengers or one family, $60 for a parking spot in the first two rows and two bags of popcorn. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s,, @alohadriveinmovies




Mele Kalikimaka with Henry Kapono and Friends

Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Light some candles, pour some hot chocolate, get snuggly and enjoy a free concert featuring Henry Kapono, Josh Tatofi, Jerry Santos, Kapena, Sistah Robi Kahakalau and a few more of their friends—that sounds so merry and nice. The event benefits the Henry Kapono Foundation, which supports the local music and art industry. Donations are accepted and meet-and-greets with Kapono are available for $150. Make sure to reserve your ticket in the right time zone. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Eastern, Central, Pacific and Hawai‘i standard time followed by a concert for Japan audiences on Sunday.


Free but donations are requested.


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Humane Society

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Humane Society



Hawaiian Humane Society “Deck the Paws” Event

Dec. 7 through 13

Our BFFs (best furry friends) need our kōkua this holiday season. The Hawaiian Humane Society dug up ways we can lend a paw to its residents this month. Sponsor a stocking, which will hang on the housing of an animal waiting to be adopted, or purchase a DIY stocking kit for your own pet that includes fun, fetching decorations: one stocking, six glitter glues, one iron-on paw print and an assortment of embellishments.


Sponsored stocking, $35, DIY stocking kit, $60. Cost includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.


SEE ALSO: The Hawaiian Humane Society Investigator


Other Ideas

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Photo: Thomas Obungen



Eat: Slurp Some Soup

During the holidays we crave nostalgia, especially this year. Take us back to simpler times! We got the skinny on a new, ol’ school-inspired saimin stand, Papa Kurt’s. Read our story here. The classic noods and diner-style burgers will definitely feed our souls.


925 Isenberg St., open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,


SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Staff Favorites: The 8 Best Noodle Soups on O‘ahu for Rainy Days 


Visit: Swim with the Fishies

Open at 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. for cars and pedestrians

Hanauma Bay is now open. Well, kind of. The popular snorkeling destination reopened on December 2, but only 720 visitors are allowed per day, 120 per hour. Some days, the line of cars waiting to get in has been almost to Koko Marina by 9 a.m. New rules and regulations have been made, due to COVID-19, face covering mandates apply and visitors must leave by 4 p.m.


Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, adults $12, local residents are free,




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Make: Kim Sielbeck’s New Puzzle

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Beachin’ by Kim Sielbeck, $40,


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