Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: December 4–10, 2019

It’s that time of year again when Shaka Santa and Tūtū Mele grace our city center, athletes conquer the land and the sea, communities mingle for a merry good time and Christmas markets pop up all over the island.

Shaka Santa and Tūtū Mele have arrived at Honolulu Hale from the North Pole! Take a look at their journey into town for Honolulu City Lights.

Posted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Video: Courtesy of Mayor Kirk Caldwell 


Creative Mornings Speaker Nomination for 2020

Wednesday, December 4, 6–9 p.m.


Drink beer, mingle, nominate an inspiring speaker to lead one of the Creative Morning sessions in 2020 and donate to the monthly nonprofit community event (which is included in your $20 ticket). Previous speakers have included designer Matt Bruening, photographer John Hook, UH professor Anne Bush and, most recently, Pow! Wow! creator Jasper Wong.

$20, Aloha Beer Garden,


Honolulu City Lights Opening Night

Saturday, December 7, 4 p.m.


’Tis the season for some sparkle! Gather the ‘ohana, don matching cheesy Christmas apparel from Target and make your way to the heart of Honolulu for a festive parade of lights. Then, get ready for this merry tradition of Shaka Santa, Tūtū Mele, a community wreath contest and more in our ultimate guide to the opening night of the 2019 Honolulu City Lights.

Free to attend, 530 S. King Street (Honolulu Hale and Fasi Civic Center),


Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Marathon


Honolulu Marathon

Sunday, December 8, 5 a.m.


Did you suddenly get a boost in your runner confidence and want to join the fourth-largest marathon in the U.S.? Online registration has closed but you can still enter at one of the three dates of the Honolulu Marathon Expo at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (Dec. 5–7). Not sure you’re quite ready to cross this scenic course off your bucket list? Check out our marathon preparation guide and then head down to Kapi‘olani Park to cheer on the finishers!

$70–$380, begins where Ala Moana Boulevard meets Queen Street,


SEE ALSO: Field Notes: These People Will Help You Complete Your First Honolulu Marathon


Billabong Pipe Masters

Sunday, December 8–Friday, December 20 (holding period)


Surf fans from around the world are gearing up for the sport’s Summer Olympics debut. So you can bet that all competitions right now are a big deal: from the return of The Eddie at Waimea Bay to the Lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay (where O‘ahu’s Carissa Moore just won the World Surf League title for a fourth time) to the Billabong Pipe Masters at Banzai Pipeline. The annual Billabong Pipe Masters, the longest running professional surfing competition, now in its 48th year—is the final leg of both the Vans Triple Crown and the WSL Men’s World Tour.

Free to watch, ‘Ehukai Beach Park at 59-337 Ke Nui Road,



carissa moore
Carissa Moore AT KEWALOS BASIN SURF SPOT IN KAKA‘AKO. Taken in the late afternoon on June 11, 2019.
Photo: David Croxford


Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival

Until Tuesday, December 24  |  Various times

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Celebrate the Kaimukī Holiday Parade at Brew’d Craft Pub

Thursday, December 5  |  4 p.m.

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Dominic Fike

Thursday, December 5  |  8–11:30 p.m.

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Kimié Miner & Friends

Friday, December 6–Sunday, December 8  |  6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows

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2019 Kalākaua Merrie Mile

Saturday, December 7  |  7 a.m.

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Santa Paws at Kaka‘ako Farmers Market

Saturday, December 7  |  8 a.m.–noon

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Kaimukī High School Craft and Gift Fair

Saturday, December 7  |  8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Shop Locally for the Holidays at ‘A Pinch of Salt’

Saturday, December 7  |  10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Santacon Honolulu 2019

Saturday, December 7  |  5:30–11 p.m.

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Start to Park 10K

Sunday, December 8  |  5 a.m.

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Aloha Home Market’s Hana Hou Holiday Market

Sunday, December 8  |  9 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Hawai‘i Premiere of Chinatown Rising Documentary Film

Sunday, December 8  |  1– 3 p.m.

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


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