“Santa’s Gone Kauaian” starts our 2017 tropical holiday season and Kauai events. If you plan to spend this Christmas in Hawaii or Hanukkah, now is the perfect time to book your Kauai vacation rentals. Expect to see palm trees lit, fireworks over Poipu Beach, hear carols with ukulele and the celebrations listed below.
Holiday Trivia…the very first Christmas in Hawaii happened on Kauai in 1786, when a team of British explorers landed at Waimea. These first high season travelers celebrated Christmas on the ship while the Hawaiians were observing Makahiki, a festival during the winter solstice.
21st Annual Festival of Lights at the Historic County Building in Lihue, December 1-24, 2017.
Include this Kauai event during your stay on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm to 8pm.
Inside you will see holiday trees decorated with recycled items that have been turned into beautiful ornaments. This tradition started over 50 years go by the late Auntie Josie and has been the Festival of Lights the past 20 years. Free candy canes and a visit with Santa are included expect on December 30th.
More Christmas in Hawaii 2017 Events: (List will be updated as new events are announced).
December 1, Lights on Rice Parade and Kauai Museum Craft Fair, Lihue, 6:30pm.
December 2, Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Harps Concert, Church of the Pacific, Princeville, 7:00pm.
December 3, Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Harps Concert, St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Lihue, 4:00pm.
December 15, Hanukkah with Jewish Community of Kauai, St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Lihue, 5:00pm.
December 16, Kauai Sings Christmas, Kilohana Luau Pavilion, 7:00pm
December 16, Waimea Christmas Parade, Arrive early. Bridge closes at 5:30pm and parade starts at 6:15pm.
Hanapepe Art Night every Friday has, Santa in Paradise including meet and greet and pictures with Santa in his sleigh. Bring your own camera. Located at Storybook Theatre through December 22 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
New Years Eve Kauai at Poipu Beach Park This annual firework extravaganza is organized by the Poipu Beach Resort Association. It’s going to be a festive end to the year and we hope you can attend. Join us from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
What are your holiday plans? We wish you Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka and Happy Hanukkah!