Out ‘N’ About: Christmas, Queen’s birthday, swap meet and more

Dec. 23, 2011 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Iolani Palace offers evening tours Wednesday in honor of the Dec. 31 birthday of Queen Kapiolani. —Courtesy Joe Philipson

Iolani Palace offers evening tours Wednesday in honor of the Dec. 31 birthday of Queen Kapiolani. —Courtesy Joe Philipson

WEEKEND OF FRIDAY, DEC. 23 – SUNDAY, DEC. 25

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet — holiday edition, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today in the Aloha Stadium parking lot., free admission, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday before the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, with $1 admission until 11 a.m. (free for ages 11 and under); $5 after 11 a.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23

Pacific Gateway Center’s first annual Christmas House, features crafts and culinary creations for Christmas gifts, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 83 N. King St. Free. 851-7010, www.pacificgatewaycenter.org

It’s A Holiday Spirit at the ‘Ilima Hotel, with a special “Made in Hawaii” showcase, with performances by ‘Ilima ‘Ohana chorus, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., main lobby, ‘Ilima Hotel, 445 Nohonani St., Waikiki. Free.

“Christmas in Polynesia,” a 25-minute canoe ride that winds through a live production of “Kamakana and the Five Fir Trees,” 6-8 p.m., Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. $10, $8 children. Reservations: 367-7060, www.Polynesia.com

SATURDAY, DEC. 24

Keith Haugen storytelling, the isle writer will share some of his Christmas stories and song-poems, 10-11 a.m., Kahala Mall. Free. 732-7736, www.kahalamallcenter.com

Oahu open Christmas Eve brunch potluck buffet, 12:45-2 p.m., Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2313 Nuuanu Ave. Free. 469-7193

The Greg Gabaylo Hawaii’s Family & Fun Variety Show, with juggling, magic, comedy and more featuring singer Crystal Lee and ukulele player Jan Luna, 3 p.m., repeats 3 p.m. Dec. 31, Outrigger Waikiki, SOS Main Showroom, 2335 Kalakaua Ave. $10, $5 kids. 923-7469

Community Kwanzaa potluck, 3-7 p.m., Kakaako Park. Free. 284-4032

Candlelight service, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with lights and song, 6-7 p.m., International Baptist Church, 20 Dowsett Ave. Free. 595-6352, www.internationalchurch.us

“Following Yonder Star,” a Christmas Eve service that playfully explores the legend of the Magi, re-imagining the story to include their significant others, who also made the journey to Bethlehem, featuring Broadway star Byron Nease, 7 p.m., First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pali Highway, Nuuanu. Free. 595-4047

SUNDAY, DEC. 25

Christmas Day Festival of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Cathedral Choir, Hawaii’s largest pipe organ, candles and winter light flooding, 5:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square. Free, calabash offerings. 524-2822, ext. 217

MONDAY, DEC. 26

Star of Honolulu’s Early Bird Whale Watch Cruise, two-hour cruise. Whale sightings are guaranteed or receive a free return cruise ticket until a whale is spotted, starting 8:45-10:45 a.m. today, through April 15 (closed New Year’s Day), Star of Honolulu, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8. $27.77 adult, $16.69 child ages 3-11; one child free per adult. Kamaaina and military rates available. 983-7827, www.starofhonolulu.com

Family eco-friendly reef walk, 11:30 a.m., Maili location. $6.50-$10. Reservations required. 841-8080, livingartmarinecenter.com/reefwalk.htm

Star of Honolulu’s Premier Whale Watch Cruise, 2 1/2-hour cruise. Whale sightings are guaranteed or receive a free return cruise ticket until a whale is spotted, starting noon-2:30 p.m. today, through April 15 (closed New Year’s Day), Star of Honolulu, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8. $43.58 for adults, $25.96 child ages 3-11; one child free per adult. Kamaaina and military rates available. 983-7827, www.starofhonolulu.com

Winter Break Movie Week, featuring “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans, Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones. Rated PG-13. 2:30 p.m., Aiea Public Library meeting room, 99-143 Moanalua Road. Free. 483-7333

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

Winter Break Movie Week, featuring the animated movie “Cars 2,” starring the voices of Owen Wilson, Michael Caine and Jason Isaacs. Rated G. 2:30 p.m., Aiea Public Library. Free. 483-7333

>> “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II,” the final installment of the wizarding series. Rated PG-13. 6:30 p.m., Kahuku Public & School Library, 56-490 Kamehameha Highway. Free. 293-8935

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

Winter Break Movie Week, featuring the animated movie “The Smurfs,” starring the voices of Hank Azaria, Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. Rated PG. 2:30 p.m., Aiea Public Library. Free. 483-7333

Iolani Palace Holiday Evening Tours, commemorating the birthday of Queen Kapiolani (on Dec. 31), with floral decorations, soloists from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of Hawaii Opera Theatre and a harpist, 6-9:30 p.m., Iolani Palace, 364 S. King St. Tickets: $7, $4 ages 5 to 12 (children under 5 have limited access); first-come, first-served. iolanipalace.org

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

Winter Break Movie Week, featuring the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 2,” starring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan. Rated PG. 2:30 p.m., Aiea Public Library. Free. 483-7333

Pakele Live! music series, with musical guest Mango Season, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Willows, 901 Hausten St. Free. Dining available. 952-9200, www.pakelelive.com

CONTINUING

“Facing Mars,” interactive, exhibit exploring challenges in a journey to the red planet, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, through Jan. 2, Bishop Museum Castle Memorial Building. $8.95-$17.95. 847-3511, www.bishopmuseum.org

Pearlridge Express, keiki under 4 feet tall can ride a custom-built locomotive, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Jan. 8. Special hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 31, Pearlridge Uptown Center Court. $3; $25 for 10 tickets. 488-0981

Things Japanese Sale, one-of-a-kind Japanese items, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 8, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 S. Beretania St. Free. 945-7633, www.jcch.com

“Rock-A-Hula,” presented by Legends in Concert, featuring a tribute to Elvis Presley, hula and an all-star cast of the world’s most talented tribute artists, including Michael Jackson, Elton John and Lady Gaga among others, 8:15 p.m. nightly except Mondays, Royal Hawaiian Center, fourth floor. $50-$180 adults, $30-$85 children. 629-7469, www.legendsinconcert.com

“HOT!HOT!HOT!” SOS Latest Version, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, main showroom, Outrigger Waikiki. $45, $35 kamaaina. Reservations: 923-7469

Lani Misalucha Show, one-woman show. 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through March, Magic of Polynesia Showroom at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, 2300 Kalakaua Ave. $55-$125. LaniInWaikiki.com

“Magic of Polynesia,” showroom act, 5 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. show, Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, 2300 Kalakaua Ave. $30-$139. Reservations: 971-4321, magicofpolynesia.com

“Ha: Breath of Life,” dramatic Polynesian show. 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie. $25 kamaaina for dinner and show. 293-3333, www.polynesia.com

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