During this time of the year, the Honolulu’s traffic gets very hectic regardless of the day or time. More cars and people are on the road to wrap up the year’s end, conclude school work, or hurry up with their much-needed holiday shopping. Cars and buses form a beeline to the malls, the holiday craft fairs, or other destinations, sharing the heat of the season with fellow islanders. Despite the extra stress from the busy streets, there is only one place where I don’t mind being forced to slow down. This special place would be on S. King Street in front of Honolulu Hale (City Hall)!
'Shaka Santa' was first introduced in 1989, followed by 'Tutu Mele (or Mrs. Claus)' in the early 1990s.
The iconic couple of 21-feet tall 2-ton ‘Shaka Santa’ and ‘Tutu (grandmother in Hawaiian) Mele’ took their usual seats to greet every passing car and pedestrian alike with the same big smile. The tree lighting ceremony took place with much festivity this past Saturday. With white snow capping over Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island, the islands are officially swinging into the holiday season.
This year, the 61-foot Norfolk Pine grown in Kahala Community Park was utilized for the Honolulu City Lights.
After passing the joyfully illuminated tree decorated with various whimsical Hawaiian Santa ornaments, there were many other merry figures all lined up along the street, sending us the season’s aloha, of course, in da Hawaiian style. Enjoy Hawaii’s beloved holiday lights display below!
The Hawaiian Santa tree ornaments for this year and the past years are available here.
A group singing Kani Kani Pele (Jingle Bells) in slippers, accompanied by an Ukulele.
A snowman ohana is ready to surf down the snow-covered Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
The inside of Honolulu Hale is transformed into a winter wonder land with twenty-four colorful trees, a ginger bread house and many viewers of all ages.
The Hawaiian girl in a pink muʻumuʻu is ready to welcome you with a plumeria lei and dance hula. Behind these giant hula instruments, the stage for live music, fun keiki rides and island’s favorite food vendors are set up to have a big lawn party with everyone!
Honolulu City Lights displays will continue till Jan. 1, 2017 to welcome new year with us.
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