Holiday Happenings: ‘Christmas in Polynesia,’ ‘Nutcracker,’ more

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Polynesian Cultural Center's "Christmas in Polynesia." --Courtesy photo

Polynesian Cultural Center's "Christmas in Polynesia." --Courtesy photo


Polynesian Cultural Center’s “Christmas in Polynesia,” experience a “Pacific Island Wonderland” aboard a canoe as it steers through a live production of “The Littlest Star” with elaborate Christmas lights, decorations and musical performances. Rides begin 6:30 p.m. $8-$10; free for ages 4 and under. Bring a canned-good donation for the Hawaii FoodBank and receive a $2 discount through Dec. 15 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), 55-370 Kamehameha Highway. 293-3333,

Santa’s arrival in Waikiki, gather on Waikiki Beach fronting the hotel as Santa arrives in an outrigger canoe powered by Waikiki beachboys and is greeted by a keiki hula halau, 9 a.m. Saturday, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Complimentary photo-taking with Santa to follow in the hotel lobby. Free.


Polynesian Cultural Center’s “Christmas in Polynesia.” Rides begin 6:30 p.m. $8-$10; free for ages 4 and under. Bring a canned-good donation for the Hawaii FoodBank and receive a $2 discount through Dec. 15 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), 55-370 Kamehameha Highway. 293-3333,

Santa’s arrival in Waikiki, 9 a.m. Saturday, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Complimentary photo-taking with Santa to follow in the hotel lobby. Free.

“Kids in the Kitchen”: Gingersnap Cookies, parent-child class for ages 4 and older, 10-11:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. $8-$22. 524-5437,

“Fun-in-the-Sun Mele Kalikimaka” at Salt Lake Shopping Center, activities, crafts, an “Ocean Play Zone,” airbrush tattoos, prizes and photos with Santa (bring your own camera or have pro photos for a fee), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 848 Ala Lilikoi St. 722-6467,

Keiki story time, “Olivia Claus,” by Kama Einhorn, 11 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana. Free. 949-7307.

Kapolei Shopping Center’s “Santa Saturday,” cool fun in “Hawaiian snow” on the lawn near Kapolei Safeway, holiday crafts and activities, photos with Santa and an appearance by Rudolph; Lokahi Giving Project hosts a donation drive. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 590 Farrington Highway. Free.

Hawaii State Art Museum: Second Saturday, ornament-making with the Ladies of Lauhala Hui and Christmas caroling with Diamond Head Theatre’s Shooting Stars,11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. Free. 586-9958,

“‘Tis the Season” story time, in celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa at public libraries, 1 p.m. Saturday, Liliha; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Hawaii State Library; and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Kailua. Free.

“Kaka’ako Kalikimaka,” a free screening of “Elf,” games, keiki ID, food, bake sale, “Best Brownie” contest and performances by Mana’o Company, Malani Bilyeu, Ali’i Kane and others, 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Kaka’ako Makai Gateway Park. Free.

“Ono Grinds at Da Park,” keiki activities, holiday gifts, kettle corn, food trucks and a cookbook sale as a benefit for the Friends of Roosevelt Project Grad, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Manoa District Park Pavilion. 383-9401,

Ward Centers’ “Discover Kaka’ako,” holiday activities, photos with Santa, concerts, food trucks, 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot fronting the theaters; fashion show at Ward Warehouse Amphitheater at 6 p.m.

Kapolei Hale: Tree-lighting ceremony and block party, 7:30 p.m. Saturday with entertainment, keiki games, treats and an appearance by Santa.

“Deaf Santa” celebration, keiki share wish lists in American Sign Language with Hawaii’s only deaf and signing Santa, with entertainment, 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Pearlridge Center, Uptown, second level. 488-0981,

“Christmas Show”: 7 p.m. Dec. 14 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Hokulani Imaginarium, Windward Community College. $5-$7. Reservations: 235-7433,

2012 Holiday Harbor Lights Tours, 30-minute tours with narration, Christmas music and views of decked-out ships and submarines, 6:15-8 p.m. Dec. 14-16, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Free. Reservations: 422-3315,


Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s “Christmas Talk Story,” collection of tales by local authors, for ages 5 and older. 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22; American Sign Language show 4:30 p.m. Saturday; onstage workshop 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Tenney Theatre, 229 Queen Emma Square. $10-$20. 839-9885,

“The Nutcracker”:

» All-girl cast of Sacred Hearts Academy students, holiday sale, 6 p.m. Saturday, Saint Louis School, Mamiya Theatre. $10. 734-5058, ext. 262;

» Presented by the Hawaii Ballet Theatre, free Sugarplum Tea at matinees and free photos and hot chocolate at evening shows; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16, Leeward Community College Theatre. $16-$25. 456-8100,

» Presented by Hawaii State Ballet Junior Company, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23, 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Saint Louis School, Mamiya Theatre. Tickets: $18-$38. 947-2755, 550-8457,

“A Christmas Carol”: Castle Performing Arts Center adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, 7:30 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Saturday, showcasing Kahuku and Pearl City high school music programs., 3 p.m. Sunday, Bright Theatre, Castle High School. $6-$10. “Fezziwig’s Party” — punch and cookies after each show. 233-5626,

Manoa Valley Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” the holiday classic is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday, 2833 E. Manoa Road. $20, $10 for ages 25 and under. 988-6131,

“Believe in Santa,” The Sounds of Aloha Chorus presents a Christmas musical comedy for the family, 3 p.m. Sunday at Paliku Theatre and Dec. 15 at Salvation Army Kroc Theatre. $20, $5 for ages 12 and under. 262-7664,

“12 Gifts of Christmas,” celebrate the meaning, music and magic of the Christmas season with the rest of the nation through this one-night cinematic event featuring storytellers, comedian Anita Renfrow, illusionist Harris III and musical performances by Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story, with host Lisa Whelchel, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dole Cannery 18 with IMAX. $15.

“Birthday of a King: The Musical,” 7 p.m. Dec. 14-16, King’s Chapel East Oahu, 5740 Kalanianaole Highway; doors open 6 p.m. $10, $5 for ages 3-11, free for under age 3. 373-7416,

Santa Claus at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. --Courtesy photo

Santa Claus at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. --Courtesy photo


The Windward Choral Society’s fifth annual “Tis the Season!” holiday concert, Christmas carols and global music, including songs for Hannukah, 7-8:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Windward United Church of Christ, Kailua. Free; donations welcome. 261-9879

“A Cazimero Christmas,” entertainment by the Brothers Cazimero, with Leina’ala Kalama Heine, Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua and the Ladies of the Royal Dance Company, hula performances by Miss and Master Keiki Hula 2012 and a special guest, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. Tickets: $30-$75. 528-0506,

The Kapolei Chorale, choral selections include ancient chants to Christmas favorites, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Kapolei Public Library. Free. 672-8888

Honolulu Handbell Ensemble Christmas concert, noon Saturday, Hawaii State Library. Free. 586-3520

“Songs of the Season” Holiday Concert Series, Ho’okena, 2-3 p.m. Saturday; Kuana Torres Kahele, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 15; and Maunalua, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 16, Kahala Mall Center Stage. 732-7736

Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble’s 21st annual Christmas concerts, chamber chorus with harp and cello perform favorites and new music for the season, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Ave. $10-$35. 550-8457,

Castle High School Band’s Winter Concert, the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble perform selections from contemporary and classic band literature, “crowd pleasers” and Christmas favorites, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school’s Ronald E. Bright Theatre; doors open 6:30 p.m. Free. But donations welcome

‘Tis the Season, performance by Ron Miyashiro and Co., 10 a.m. Thursday, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. Free. 733-8444

Christmas musical show, encore appearance by Arsenio the Band and his Female Stars Christmas Soprano Singers, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Pacific Guardian Center Court, 737 Bishop St.

“The Best Holiday Party Ever!” a prime rib lunch buffet, prizes and entertainment by Henry Kapono, Manoa DNA, Aidan James and emcee Gregg Hammer, 11 a.m. Dec. 14, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Tapa Ballroom. $55. Validated self-parking is $8; $13 valet. RSVP by Sunday. 947-7955,


Wahiawa Town, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today. Kaala Elementary School to California Avenue and North Cane Street; ends at Center Street.

Aiea, 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Begins at Pearlridge Elementary School; proceeds to Moanalua Road and Kaamilo, Ulune and Halewiliko streets; ends at Aiea Sugar Mill site.

Waimanalo, 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Begins at Waimanalo District Park; proceeds to Hihimanu, Kumuhau and Humuniki streets, and Kalanianaole Highway; ends at Waimanalo Beach Park.

Gentry Waipio, with more than 800 marchers, 13 vehicles, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Begins at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center; proceeds to Waipio Uka and Ukee streets, Ka Uka Boulevard and Waipio Uka Street; ends at the shopping center.

Waipahu, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Begins at Waipahu District Park at Paiwa Street; proceeds to Farrington Highway, and Pupukahi, Waipahu and Leoku streets; ends at leolua Street (behind Waipahu Town Center).

Manoa, with more than 800 marchers, 15 vehicles and four bands, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Begins at Noelani Elementary School; proceeds to Woodlawn Drive, Kolowalu Street, East Manoa Road, Lowrey Avenue and Manoa Road; ends at Manoa Park.

West Oahu Holiday Electric Light Parade, with 25 vehicles, three floats and four bands, 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Begins at Kapolei Fairgrounds at Kealanani Avenue; proceeds to Farrington Highway, Kamokila Boulevard and left on Uluohia Street; ends at Kapolei Hale.

Kapahulu-Moiliili, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Begins at Kuhio Elementary School; proceeds to King, Beretania and Isenberg streets; ends at Old Stadium Park.

Haleiwa, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14. Begins at Weed Circle; proceeds to Kamehameha Highway through Haleiwa Town; ends at Haleiwa Beach Park.


Christmas tree farm, Leyland cypress, Norfolk pine trees, locally made wreaths, noon-sunset Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.- sunset on weekends, Helemano Farms in Whitmore Village, Wahiawa.

Nativity scene drive-through displays, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Central Union Church campus; enter from Beretania Street and exit on Punahou street. Free.

A Cappela Christmas card/telegram, send a unique musical treat (religious and secular options available) to loved ones via phone or video, presented by Honolulu Blend Show Chorus, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 21. $10. Must order in advance: 676-7251,

Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 24, International Baptist Church, 20 Dowsett Ave. 595-6352


Christmas tree topiary, create a tabletop “tree” using fresh plants and flowers, 9:30-11:30 a.m. today, Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road. Bring clippers. $30. Registration: 988-0456,

“The Art of Furoshiki” programs, learn techniques of the Japanese style of reusable gift wrapping, 2 p.m. Saturday, Mililani Public Library. Free for adults; materials provided. Reservations: 627-7470.


The Pacific Gateway Center’s “Holiday House,” locally handmade crafts, jewelry, pottery, fabric purses, flower magnets, ribbon and yarn lei, stationer, food and fresh produce, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 4, Lemongrass Cafe, 83 N. King St., Chinatown. 851-7010

Holiday pottery sale, annual Ceramics Club fundraiser with affordable stoneware, porcelain, raku and pit-fire vases, teapots, bowls, sculptural pieces and more, created by artists and students, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Windward Community College, Ceramics Studio, Hale Palanakila 216. 235-7323

Hawaii Book Publishers Association’s Holiday Warehouse Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Bess Press, 3565 Harding Ave. 734-7159,

Season’s Best Aiea Craft & Gift Fair, with more than 150 booths, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aiea Elementary School, 99-370 Moanalua Road. Free. 683-6064

Waikiki Winter Fair, handmade-in-Hawaii products and food vendors, sponsored by Creations of Hawaii, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Elementary School, 324 Kapahulu Ave. Free. 382-6605,

Second Saturday Courtyard Bazaar, unique items, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Teruya Courtyard, 2454 S. Beretania St. Also, hear a discussion by George and Willa Tanabe, authors of “Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii: An Illustrated Guide,” at 11:30 a.m. 945-7633,

Mililani High School Athletic Booster Club craft fair, with more than 110 vendors, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, school gym and courtyard. Free.

Holiday Faire at Koganji Temple, homemade goodies, unique jams and jellies, Koganji signature sauces and herb teas, plants, stocking stuffers and more, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 2869 Oahu Ave. Free.

Moanalua High School Winter Craft Fair, with more than 200 vendors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, school campus. Free.

Seasons Boutique Fair, handcrafted ornaments, delicate jewelry, wearable-art clothing and scarves, vintage kimonos, festive tabletop trees, plants, flowers, “Doggie Couture” and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Waioli Tea Room, 2950 Manoa Road. Free. 505-710-5606,

Baby Awearness Handmade Holiday Market, find locally handmade clothing, accessories, toys and unique gifts for babies, kids and moms created by emerging small businesses, artisans and crafters, with chair massage sessions and specials, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Manoa Marketplace, 2752 Woodlawn Ave. Free. 988-0010,

Windward Year-end Craft Fair, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Heeia Elementary School, 46-202 Haiku Road. 375-5049

Craft, Gift & Rubberstamp Expo Plus Crafters Clearance Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites. Free; parking fee. 220-1002

McKinley High School Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, with more than 80 vendors, door prizes and silent auction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, school cafeteria and campus. Free. 225-4041,

Hawaii Book Publishers Association’s Holiday Book Fair, local publishers’ latest titles, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Cades Schutte Building lanai, 1000 Bishop St. Free. 534-7170

Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s “An Evening in Waipio” Winter Craft Fair, fundraiser with 75 vendors, andagi, food, photos with Santa, silent auction and door prizes, 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Hawaii Okinawa Center, 94-587 Ukee St., Waipahu. Free. 676-5400

Linekona ‘Ohana Holiday Studio Benefit Sale, with ceramics, jewelry, glass and weaved creations by faculty, students and studio artists as a benefit for the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday, 1111 Victoria St. Free. 532-8715

Creations of Hawaii, made-in-Hawaii items, Thursdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 20, and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Dec. 22, Outrigger Wyndham Hotel, Waikiki, main lobby, 227 Lewers St. Also, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Dec. 14 and 19-21, Ilima Hotel, main lobby, 445 Nohonani St. Free. 735-4510, ext. 2;

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church and 3rd Cup Cafe fundraiser, paintings, drawings and Christmas ornaments created by keiki from Onemalu Transitional Homeless Shelter, with proceeds to benefit its programs, through December, 94-615 Kupuohi St., Waipahu. 753-7788


Breakfast with Santa, includes photos with Santa (bring own camera), entertainment, games and keiki crafts, with optional Christmas trolley rides ($3) through the ranch every half-hour, to benefit Kualoa’s Big Brothers Big Sisters scholarship fund, 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Kualoa, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway. $20; free parking. Reservations: 237-7321

Tea with Santa, holiday tea experience features a child-friendly tea menu and a visit by Santa, decked out in Hawaiian attire and flip-flops, with a photographer (digital images will be emailed), 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15, The Kahala Hotel & Resort. $40, $30 for ages 6-12, tax and gratuity extra. Reservations: 739-8760,


St. Nick’s Pet Pics, small animals (leashed or cage) welcome to pose with Santa, sponsored by Koolau Pets, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 18, Windward Mall, Center Court. $21+

Pet photos with Santa, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 19, Ala Moana Center, street level near Centerstage. $22.99+

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