Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-November 22

Ride keiki carnival rides and watch Henry Kapono for free, make an aquaponics garden, a succulent planter or shop for crafts.


Photo: Santa for Honolulu

Koko Marina Center’s Christmas Celebration

Watch Hawaiʻi Kai’s annual Keiki Kalikimaka Parade and follow the fun to Koko Marina Centerʻs Christmas Celebration. The parade will feature beauty queens, classic cars, marching bands and decorative floats. Keep an eye on the marina to see Santa arrive by boat. Bring a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and keiki can ride carnival rides for free. There will also be a Holiday Express Train, cookie decorating, balloon twisting, an AYSO Big Foot Challenge and more games, crafts and photos with Santa. See our full list of holiday parades around Oʻahu here.

  • All ages
  • Free. Bring a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots to go on carnival rides for free.
  • Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaʻole Highway
  • (808) 528-0506, kokomarinacenter.com

Want more holiday events? Find out where to play in 30 tons of snow, see Santa and Wonder Woman and pick up “reindeer food” this weekend. Our list of more than 40 festive events also includes train rides, performances and craft classes from now until Christmas. See the roundup here.

Na Mele O Na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concerts

Get into the holiday spirit with free family concerts featuring Danny Kaleikini, Henry Kapono, the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band and more local entertainers performing holiday favorites. Laugh along with local comic Bo Irvine and listen to jazz vocalist Ginai, blues and jazz guitarist Chris Vandercook and Latin/Salsa group Son Caribe. Marines will be on hand to accept gifts and cash donations for Toys for Tots. Receive up to six free tickets at the Hawaiʻi Theatre Box Office daily through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but ticketed guests will be seated first. 

  • All ages
  • Free. Requested donation of at least one new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots per family.
  • Saturday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 26, 1:30 p.m.
  • Hawaiʻi Theatre,1130 Bethel St.
  • (808) 528-0506, facebook.com/MARFORPACBand/

Mini Aquaponics – Family Program

Want to make an original gift? Need some fresh herbs but don’t have a garden? In this class, you’ll learn about a sustainable way to grow fish and plants at the same time. The fish provide waste as plant fertilizer and the plants clean the fishes’ water. After the hands-on lesson, you’ll get to take home your very own aquaponics garden. Tip: Organizers say dads especially like this program. Reserve your spot here.

  • Recommended for people 6 years and older but all ages are welcome.
  • $25 per aquaponics kit for kamaʻāina and military, $45 for general public
  • Sunday, Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m.
  • Living Art Marine Center, 3239 Ualena St.
  • livingartmarinecenter.com

Ceramic Succulent Planters Workshop

Learn about nature and ceramics at this Art Explorium class. First, keiki will find out how different plants grow and reproduce. Then, they will create their own planter out of clay and decorate it with a variety of underglazes. Students will choose a succulent to take home and return to the studio to pick up their planter when it has been fired in a kiln. Register here.

  • 5 years and older
  • $25 per student
  • Sunday, Nov. 26, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Art Explorium, 1142 Koko Head Ave.
  • (808) 312-4316, artexplorium.org

Hawaiʻi United Okinawa Association Winter Craft Fair

Shop at hundreds of craft and gift stands and take part in a silent auction, eat lunch and andagi and listen to live entertainment. Remember to bring a camera for photos with Santa. Beat the crowds and enter a half-hour early with a $5 donation. You can also get a free andagi if you make a donation of non-perishable food for the Hawaiʻi Foodbank.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hawaiʻi Okinawa Center, 94-587 Ukeʻe St.
  • 676-5400, huoa.org

Register Now: City Lights Family Evening

The Hawaiian Mission Houses offers a front row seat to watch the City Lights Parade. Before the parade starts, keiki will get to play historic games and try their hand at making old-fashioned candles and pretend pills. You can buy dinner and drinks from food booths and watch the parade go by. Tickets for the family evening are likely to sell out. So, reserve your ticket now for the Saturday, Dec. 2 event. 

  • All ages
  • $5 per person
  • Reserve your space now for the event on Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 to 9 p.m. (Activities run from 4 to 6 p.m.)
  • Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S. King St.
  • (808) 447-3910, missionhouses.org

Looking for more events for adults? Click here for HONOLULU Magazine’s picks for the weekend.