Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: December 11–17, 2019

Explore the fantasy of “The Nutcracker,” squeeze in a festive fundraising workout, catch a ska show and shop at a new block party in Kaka‘ako.

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The Nutcracker

Friday, December 13–Sunday, December 15, various times

Prepare for “March of the Toy Soldiers” to strut merrily into your brain. Ballet Hawai‘i takes the stage, at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, with a Hawaiian-themed spin on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, imagined in 1858 in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. 

Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave., $40–$125,


Keauhou Lane Holiday Block Party

Friday, December 13, 5–10 p.m.

Kaka‘ako’s Keauhou Lane is throwing its first public event along the walkways as well as at businesses that include HICraft Kitchen, Real Gastropub’s Bent Tail Brewing Co. and the yet-to-open Spa U‘ilani (with a massage pop-up). This event is open to all ages and pets and includes an ugly sweater contest, music and games. There will also be artisan booths with sea glass jewelry, vintage clothing and more. Admission is free.

502 Keawe St., (808) 542-6959,


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The Reel Big Fish Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! Tour

Wednesday, December 11, 8 p.m.

This band got together in Southern California in 1991 and built a fan following with “Sell Out” and other hits. The group, performing with special guests No Villains Left and Completely Insane, sometimes tops 250 shows a year. And guitarist/vocalist Aaron Barrett usually sports aloha shirts onstage and off so we’ll be checking out his Island style.

$29.50, The Republik, 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,


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Jingle Rock Run

Sunday, December 15, 3 p.m.

Here’s to a festive, family-friendly activity that also raises money for a great cause. The seventh annual Jingle Rock Run rounds up walkers, joggers, runners, strollers and pets on a fundraising holiday walk through downtown Honolulu starting at the state Capitol. The event provides funding for life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, some of whom will be taking part, too. Register even on race day.

$30–$45, Hawai‘i State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St.,


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C-Suite: CEO of the Year

Thursday, December 12 | 7:30–9:30 a.m.

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A Robert Cazimero Christmas

Thursday, December 12 | 5–10:30 p.m.

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Italian Five-Course Wine Dinner with Santa Margherita Wines

Thursday, December 12 | 6– 8:30 p.m.

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Hilltop Hoods

Thursday, December 12 | 7– 11:30 p.m.

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The Raconteurs

Thursday, December 12 & Friday, December 13 | 8–9:30 p.m.

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LDEI Hawai‘i + Pai Holiday Market

Thursday, December 12 & Friday, December 13 | 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

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The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

Friday, December 13–Sunday, December 15 | various times

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Brunch With Santa

Saturday, December 14 | 10 a.m.–noon

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Hawai‘i Polo’s Winter Wahine Invitational

Saturday, December 14 | 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

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Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15  |  8–10 p.m.

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Local I‘a Demo Dinner Series with Counter Culture

Monday, December 16 | 6:30–8 p.m.

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Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival

Until Tuesday, December 24 | Various times

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


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