A Merry Kauai Christmas!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and that brings such a great big smile to all our faces! Kauai’s annual Festival of Lights Celebration just kicked off our “season to be jolly” with an appearance by two very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus! Plus, Auntie Josie’s crafts and creations are now on display and that means the Christmas spirit is revving up all over the island! And guess what? It’s just the beginning of a month-long celebration of Aloha-Holiday festivities happening here on Kauai!
These past few weeks our Facebook and Twitter Friends started asking “what’s happening this season on the Garden Island?” Well, once again, we have Santa’s “Kauai List of Great Things to Do” to get you excited for your upcoming vacation. Yes, the weather on Kauai continues being amazing. Sunny days and nice breezes greet you as you arrive at Lihue Airport and every day is tropically wonderful. Then, a long list of Kauai activities let you “jingle all the way” through Christmas and New Year’s in Paradise!
We know Santa Enjoys spending time on the Garden Island, too… so get ready to be pleasantly surprised when you see him spreading Christmas cheer during our month-long holiday celebrations! Is this a great way to reward you and your family at the end of 2013? We think so! :- )
So, in the spirit of “ka-jingling all the way” to Ka-uai… here’s our annual list of things to do on Kauai this holiday season. It’s our way of saying thanks for visiting, thanks for sharing with your Friends, and thanks for being part of our 35 years of business here on Kauai. Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka – MERRY CHRISTMAS! We look forward to seeing you!
Celebrating Christmas on Kauai
It was 1786 when British explorers Captain Nathaniel Portlock (pictured) and Captain George Dixon first brought Christmas cheer to Hawaiians. According to Wikipedia, both arrived with daydreams of adventure in their heads a day or two before Christmas Eve. They anchored their vessels, “King George” and “Queen Charlotte,” off the coast of Waimea not knowing what kind of welcome they would receive. Thankfully, they mingled peacefully with the islanders and shared Christmas with them during the local Mokihana festival. Christmas became an official holiday for the people of Kauai in the next couple of decades with the first Christmas celebrated sometime in the mid 1800’s.
Thanks Wikipedia for the cool story to share! Since 1786, Christmas on Kauai keeps getting better every year so let’s take a look at some of the fun that awaits you during the next few weeks!
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th: Enjoy the Kauai Festival of Lights
It’s free and it happens every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6PM to 8PM – plus Christmas Eve and December 26th! The Kauai Festival of Lights has plenty of things for the whole Family to experience this season. Hear stories about Kauai’s past, learn about Kauai’s traditions, see Aunt Josie’s craft collection – and be dazzled by the nighttime light show!
The tradition of displaying Christmas folk art began more than 18 years ago when “Auntie” Josie Chansky moved from Oahu to Kauai. She opened her home to neighbors, strangers, tourists – and everyone who wanted to see the decorations she created and displayed inside and outside her home.
Things like: a Christmas tree made up of 7500 green toothpicks, wreaths created with egg cartons, a chandelier made from wire coat hangers, and several other creations made from everyday items.
Every year, visitors returned to her home to see marvelous holiday creations. With great joy, her house became known as the “Christmas House.” In 1996, Elizabeth Freeman acquired Auntie Josie’s collection and donated it to the County of Kauai… and in 1996 the first Festival of Lights began. Auntie Josie was later honored by both the Hawaii Senate and Office of the Mayor for her 50 years of contributing to Hawaii’s holiday season. What a great story!
This year, come explore Auntie Josie’s collection of one-of-a-kind treasures along with the 17th Annual Festival of Lights at Kauai’s Historic County Building. For more information, click here!
Here Comes Santa!
He’s back and he’s making an appearance at the 4th Annual Hanapepe Christmas Festival! Have fun with Kris Kringle along with music, singing, balloon animals, food, Christmas crafts, and face painting! You are invited to come say HI to Santa and give him your wish list – and if that includes a great place to stay on Kauai, Santa has a direct hotline to Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc – and we are ready to help!
The 4th Annual Festival takes place at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregation Church in Old Town Hanapepe from 5PM to 8PM, in conjunction with the weekly Friday Night Festival and Art Walk!
Tis the season to let your Kauai vacation come to life! You ready?
Kauai Chorale Concerts
Since 1963, the Kauai Chorale presents programs for locals and visitors alike – and this year is the 50th anniversary! After a day of relaxing in the warm Kauai sun, jump into the holiday spirit with some live Holiday classics! The next shows are Saturday December 14th at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Puhi, and Sunday December 15th at the St. Regis Princeville Resort Ballroom.
What a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday season! Live music & fun for all. :- ) Get more info here!
Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade – Dec 21st
We love parades! Kids love parades. SANTA loves parades – and here he comes again, right down Kaumualii Lane! Actually, it’s Kaumualii Highway – and the route starts at Waimea Canyon Park and ends in Hofgaard Park at the center of Waimea town. The wonderland of color starts at 6PM and event organizers encourage guests to arrive between 3PM and 4PM to get a good position along the route.
Parking is available at Waimea Canyon Athletic Field, the Russian Fort, Waimea Sugar Mill, and Waimea Technology & Visitors Center Field 14.
The Parade is free and Everyone is welcome to join this Exciting community event. The town of Waimea erupts into color, dripping with lights as the parade moves down its route bringing Joy and Holiday Cheer to kids of all ages :- ) That means us!
Afterwards, let the good times continue with live music, beverages and baked goods provided by WKPA member businesses. Ready to join the fun? Great! We will see you there!
It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!
We are very happy and excited to wish you “Mele Kalikimaka” with best wishes for a safe and very Merry Christmas! Wherever you may be this season, remember to be thankful for Friends, Family, and new people you meet every day. We are always thankful to see your notes on our Facebook page about the anticipation building for your next Kauai visit!
Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc wants you to know you are always welcome to come stay with us. We have 200+ accommodations island-wide and can help you find an outstanding-value rental home, condo, cottage, and estate on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. If you have not yet made Christmas and New Year’s plans, take a look at our website and when you see something you like, drop us e-mail here or call us at 1-800-367-5025.
We look forward to seeing you. Aloha!
Special Thanks: Photos from Wikipedia, Kauai Festival of Lights, Lights on Rice Street, Kauai Museum, Kauai Chorale, Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade, and Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc’s winter wonderland accommodations. Ho ho ho!