“Santa’s Gone Kauaian” starts our 2018 tropical holiday season and Kauai events. If you plan to spend 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.
22nd Annual Festival of Lights at the Historic County Building in Lihue, December 1-29, 2018.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6pm to 8pm.
Holiday trees are decorated with recycled items that have been turned into beautiful ornaments. This tradition started over 50 years ago by the late Auntie Josie and has been the Festival of Lights the past 22 years. Free candy canes and a visit with Santa are included through December 24.
More Christmas in Hawaii 2018 Events: (List will be updated as new events are announced).
December 2, Hanukkah with Jewish Community of Kauai, St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Lihue, 5:30pm.
December 7, Lights on Rice Parade and Kauai Museum Craft Fair, Lihue, 6:30pm.
December 8, Kauai Sings Christmas, Kilohana Luau Pavilion, 7:00pm
December 15, 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 on December 14 and 21, 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!