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Best of Oahu Newsletter, Issue #019 - Holidays on Oahu
December 15, 2022
Aloha from Oahu

Best of Oahu Newsletter

Holidays on Oahu

Moana Loa Lava on Pause

The Moana Loa eruption on the Big Island has slowed down from delivering over a 100,000 tons of lava per day. This comes as good news as it was on route just over a mile away from destroying the main highway that connects Hilo to the other side of the island.

And while Oahu and the other islands were not in any danger from the proximity from this eruption, it could create hazy skies from VOG that is a combination of volcanic ash and SMOG.

Oahu Nov & Dec Events

Tis the season with lots of festive events happening around the island.

Make sure to take a look and ongoing seasonal events taking place for the month including the Honolulu Holiday City Lights set up around the downtown area, and Aloha Land set up with lots of holiday spirit and activates at the Aloha Stadium.

There also lot's of other holiday events happening at Honolulu attractions, shopping centers, Farmers Markets, hotels, and other places...

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Polynesian Cultural Center Holidays

The Polynesian Cultural Center has always been a great entertaining park for the whole family full of activates, shows, culture, and hosting a grand luau at the end.

But there is even more reason to go this time of year as they decorate Hukilau Marketplace, and schedule lots of special holiday activities.

Here's a calendar of the Polynesian Cultural Center holiday events: polynesian-cultural-center.html

Oahu Holiday Luaus

Many of the Luau outfits on Oahu are very busy this time of year, as visitors folk to Hawaii for the holidays. Hawaii luaus also happen to be one of the most popular activities for visiting tourist. And while many stick to their traditional program filled with hula performances, live music, and a good fill of Kalua Pork, some have a few holiday surprises integrated as well this time of year.

Here's a list of some of the bigger luau productions on Oahu... Viator - Oahu Luaus

Kahala Mandarin Hotel is Growing

Anyone who has been to the Kahala Mandarin Resort outside of Waikiki, knows just how special this place is. And it's just about to get bigger with an addition of a new hotel tower.

Mana‘olana Partners announced that they are working on a new 37-story project featuring 99 residential condos and 125 hotel units under the Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental hotel brand. It will resume this month with preparation of an environmental site assessment followed by construction likely to begin after March and finish in 2025, with a projected cost of about $650 million. oahu-resorts.html

ABC Store Stocking Stuffers

It's hard not to stroll through Waikiki without stepping into an ABC Store...which are on almost every corner. They are just not another convince store, but an addictive impulsive shopping experience filled with lots of treasures.

Today they let you order online, and here are the top popular souvenir items might make great stocking stuffers... hawaii-souvenirs.html

A 5-Mile Stroll Around Waikiki

Here's a Self Waikiki Walking Tour that is not only fun and great exercise, but allows you to see so many different sides to this exciting city. There are Lots of interesting and important sites along the way…in fact you will see over 15 captivating points of interest along this Oahu hike. You could actually consider this a Waikiki hiking path if you trek all 5 ½ miles around it, or choose to walk just part of extensive route...

Enjoy walking around Waikiki, passing through Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Aquarium & Honolulu Zoo, strolling along the 1.5 mile stretch of the Ala Wai Canal, passing by the Army Museum, the International Market Place, and finishing by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. waikiki-walking-tour.html

Best Holiday Dinner Restaurants

Many of the popular restaurants are very busy this time of year with holiday family, friends and work gatherings. Roy's, Merriman's, Duke's, Hoku's, and others are most certain to be filling up quickly. It would be wise to make some reservations ahead of time, to secure your spot at the table. honolulu-restaurants.html

Oahu Popular Shows

Check out new shows & concerts popping up around Oahu.

Booking for new Oahu Shows and concerts have taken off for Blue Note Waikiki, Slack Key Lounge, Kana Ka Pila Grille, Waikiki Shell, Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Theatre and many hotel live music and entertainment venues. oahu-shows.html

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