There’s a chill in the air. Leaves have changed color and fallen from the trees. You’ve traded in your sun dresses for thick sweaters enveloping you in warmth. Are you missing summer yet? Hawaii for the holidays isn’t your average Christmas vacation, it is extraordinary. The holiday spirit is alive in Hawaii, it’s just wearing an Aloha shirt.
Vacation rentals are still available during the holiday season and a favorite option for many. Former President Barak Obama and his family were regulars in Oahu spending each Christmas in a beachside Kailua vacation rental. You don’t need to compromise your family traditions of a home cooked meal, or sitting together in front of the fireplace opening presents. There are so many different climates within Hawaii and a full range of vacation rentals so you can keep that at home feel.
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Oahu’s holiday season kicks off with the Hawaii Kai Festival of Lights boat parade. A Christmas parade unlike any other, the Hawaii Kai Marina hosts the parade which is completely on water. Boats of all shapes and sizes are outfitted with decorations and then cruise the waterway. Hawaii Kai vacation rentals along the marina have a bird's eye view of the procession. Awards are given out in several categories, but spectators are truly the winners here.
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Christmas in Maui is spectacular. Watch the sunrise over Haleakala in the blistering cold and then head to the sandy shores of Makena Beach. Private boat tours in Maui can bring you up close and personal with the sea life around the island. You might even catch a glimpse of the Humpback whales who also winter along Hawaii’s coast. Maui takes tree decorating to a whole other level with Lahaina’s dazzling banyan tree lighting. Multicolored lights adorn the 60 foot banyan tree and massive branch network, a 20 year tradition for Lahaina. Kauai vacation rentals offer a great way to stay in Kauai for the holidays.
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In December, ‘Mele Kalikimaka,’ meaning Merry Christmas, is a common phrase on the Big Island. Catch a Christmas concert at Hilo’s Palace Theatre, attend a Christmas Eve luau in Kailua-Kona, or simply relax on the white sand beaches of the Kohala coast. If you’re missing the snow, just head up to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, these Big Island volcanoes are commonly snow capped starting in early December. Once you’re sufficiently chilled, snorkel in the warm waters of Kealakekua Bay. Kailua-Kona is home to an entertaining holiday tradition- the Jingle Bell Beach Run. Pack your costumes and running shoes because the 5k fun run is open to everyone with awards going to best costume! The Big Island truly is big, and offers up beautiful vacation rentals your family is sure to love.
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Christmas in Kauai is a special treat. The island’s waterfalls and dramatic cliffs are a beautiful gift that needs no wrapping or bows. Kauai is known for superior farm-to-table restaurants and some offer specialty menus for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years. Enjoy mouth watering locally caught fish, house made cheeses, and decadent desserts creatively prepared just for you – so you can sit back and relax this holiday season. The Festival of Lights is open each Saturday and Sunday evening throughout December at Kauai’s historic county building. This free event showcases a comprehensive collection of holiday decorations and lights up the night with Kauai’s Aloha Spirit. Kauai vacation rentals have a lot to offer this holiday season!
Hawaii for the holidays isn’t just for presidents and celebrities – it’s for everyone. Bring the family together for a beachside Christmas they’re sure to remember. You might even make it a new tradition! There’s nothing quite like Christmas in Hawaii.
photo by Brittany P. Anderson