Holiday Season Events

| December 3, 2010 | 0 Comments


Tree Lighting Ceremonies  — The Army in Hawaii will celebrate the start of the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies. Activities include entertainment and light refreshments.
•Pililaau Army Recreation Center, 7 p.m., Dec. 3.
•Tripler Army Medical Center, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Oceanside Entrance.
•Oahu North Community, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Sills Field, Schofield Barracks.
•Oahu South Community, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Palm Circle, Fort Shafter.

4 / Saturday

Holiday Fun Fest — Happens at 9 a.m., Dec. 4, at the community center, Aliamanu Military Reservation. This holiday celebration includes entertainment, food, prizes and snow. Blue Star Card holders can stop by the BSC booth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to make holiday ornaments or to personalize greeting cards for loved ones who are deployed. Call 833-0920/4932.

SKIES Holiday Show
— Attend Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited dance and hula reviews and holiday play, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks.

Honolulu City Lights Ceremony — The opening night of the 2010 “Honolulu City Lights” celebration event is set for 4 p.m., Dec. 4, at Honolulu Hale (City Hall). Each year the event draws thousands of people to the Civic Center grounds to kick-off the holiday season. Visit

5 / Sunday

Street Biker United Annual Toy Run — Ride with the Marines and a Honolulu Police Department solo bike detail escort, 9 a.m., Dec. 5, Ala Moana Beach Park. Bike clubs will cruise together down Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Community College. At the end of the route, volunteers will take donations for Toys for Tots. This toy run typically draws more than 5,000 motorcyclists.

7 / Tuesday

Santa and Mrs. Claus – Goes from 3-4 p.m., Dec. 7, Aliamanu Military Reservation Library. Parents can bring cameras to take photos. Registration is not required. Call 839-2821.

Homemade Holiday Gift Boxes — Runs from 2-4 p.m., Dec. 8, for ages 12 and older, Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks. The library will provide all supplies. Preregister for this free event by calling 655-8002.

10 / Friday

Christmas Concert — The annual Toys for Tots’ Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) concert starts at 7 p.m., Dec, 10, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. It features the Marine Forces Pacific Band; guest artists include Amy Hanaialii Gilliom and Henry Kapono. Also, Marines will be on hand to accept donations to Toys for Tots. Pick up free tickets at the Blaisdell box office; tickets are limited to four per person.

13 / Monday

Christmas Softball Tournament — Cheer on your favorite team, Dec. 13-17. Call 655-8056 for times and locations.

15 / Wednesday

“Polar Bear Express” — Elementary age children can enjoy “The Polar Express” activities, 3-3:45 p.m., Dec. 15, Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks. Registration isn’t required. Call 655-8002.

17 / Friday

SKIES Holiday Show — Event features dancers from the Dec. 4 Holiday Fun Fest, at 6 p.m., Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks.

18 / Saturday

“Family Christmas Hymn Sing” — Event is hosted by Hawaii Officers’ Christian Fellowship for the benefit of all ranks, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 18, Chapel Center, 180 Kuntz Ave., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Includes a potluck supper; limited nursery available. RSVP by Dec. 15 at

19 / Sunday

Christmas Concert — “The Joyful Sound of Christmas” runs 6-7 p.m., Dec. 19, Main Post Chapel, Schofield Barracks. Keiki will receive a special gift at the concert’s conclusion. Call 655-0696.


Holiday Card Lane — View entries traveling down Krukowski Road, Tripler Army Medical Center, through Dec. 31; Chapel Field, across from Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter, through Jan. 3; and Macomb Road, Schofield Barracks, through Jan. 7.

Christmas Ornaments — Make a different decoration each Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Dec. 8 and 15, at the Schofield Barracks Arts and Crafts Center. Parents can bring children 8 years old and older. Cost is $12 for one ornament. Call 655-4202.

Commissary Gift Vouchers — Gift vouchers can be purchased to help military families in need enjoy heartier holiday meals or to just give the gift of groceries to single Soldiers in the barracks. Gift vouchers are available in $25 denominations. Anyone, civilian or military, can purchase them, but only authorized shoppers can redeem them. Vouchers are available at commissary customer service areas, cash offices and from cashiers at full-service checkout. E-mail, call (804) 734-8000, ext. 4-8773, or contact your local commissary office.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest — Enter the Island Palm Communities Holiday Home Decorating Contest by uploading a photo of your home to Facebook. Judges will choose their top five picks; Facebook fans will make the final decision. Votes can be cast Dec. 13-19. The contest is open to all Island Palm Communities residents. Visit

The Nutcracker — Students from the Hawaii State Ballet Company will perform the perennial Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker,” at the Mamiya Theatre at 3140 Waialae Ave. Performances are Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 17-19. Visit or call 550-8457.

Salvation Army Angel Tree
— Pearlridge shoppers can choose an angel from a Salvation Army Angel Tree and grant the wish of a needy child or a senior citizen. The Angel Tree is located Uptown, first level, between Island Legacy and Starbucks, through Dec. 19, during center hours.

Pearlridge Express — Keiki under 48 inches can ride the Pearlridge Express, Hawaii’s only scale-model, fully-functioning train, at Pearlridge Uptown Center Court through Jan. 2. Tickets are $3 per child.

Holiday Parades
(For a complete listing, visit

Dec. 4, Mililani Christmas Parade
— from 9-10 a.m., starting at Town Center of Mililani near Taco Bell, to Lanikuhana Avenue, to Meheula Parkway, to Kuahelani Street, to Moenamanu Street, to Kipapa Drive, to finish at Mililani Shopping Center near Jack in the Box. Call 722-4247 or e-mail

Dec. 4, Kaneohe Christmas Parade
— from 9-11 a.m., starting at Windward Mall at Haiku Road, to Kamehameha Highway, to Kaneohe Bay Drive, to end at Castle High School. Bands include the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band. Call 348-2749 or 262-3323, or e-mail

Dec. 4, Mayor’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony/Parade — from 6-11 p.m., starting at Aala Park, to King Street, to Kokohead on King Street, to end in closed off portion of King Street between Punchbowl and South Streets. Call 768-3499 or e-mail

Dec. 5, Pearl City Shoppin
g Center Christmas Parade
— from 4-5:30 p.m., Dec. 5, starting at Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie Street, to Hoomoana Street, to Hoolaulea Street, to end at Pearl City Shopping Center. Call 593-1533.

Dec. 10, Haleiwa Christmas Parade — from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 10, starting at Weed Circle, to Kamehameha Highway, through Haleiwa Town, to end at Haleiwa Beach Park. Call 637-4558, or e-mail or visit

Dec. 11, Aiea Community Association Christmas Parade — from 8:30-10 a.m., starting at Pearlridge Elementary School parking lot, to Moanalua Road, to Kaamilo Street, to Ulune Street, to Halewiliko Street, to end at Aiea Sugar Mill Site. Call 429-1282 or e-mail

Dec. 11, Waimanalo Christmas Parade — from 10-11:30 a.m., starting at Waimanalo District Park, to Hihimanu Street, to Kumuhau Street, to Humuniki Street, to Kalanianaole Highway, ending at Waimanalo Beach Park. A Marine color guard and fire truck will be in the parade. Call 768-3888 or e-mail

Dec. 18, Ewa Beach/Lions Club Holiday Parade — Begins at 10 a.m., starting by Ilima School parking lot at 91-884 Fort Weaver Rd.; proceeds on a two-mile course, clockwise, around the large block bounded by Fort Weaver Road, Kuhina Street, to Hanakahi Strett and North Road. Following the parade, a Christmas hoolaulea with food and craft vendors and entertainment will be open from 12-9 p.m., at Ewa Beach Community Park at 91-955 North Rd.


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