Hop off the plane from probably somewhere cold and snowy, all you want do to is going straight to the beach and surf. Don’t surf? No worries, there is still a ton of stuff to do in Honolulu during this sunny Christmas. Written by and for the young, single, and traveled millennial, we got you covered this Christmas from pub crawls to hiking in Honolulu.
1. Santa Crawl, Friday, December 23
Get ready for the Santa Crawl coming up in Chinatown this Friday, December 23! From 8 pm to 2 am, participating bars and pubs in Chinatown will offer discounts for those who dressed in Santa outfits. Get your Santa hats and faux white beards ready because it's going to be a festive night out with a lot of foods and drinks. Dress like Santa and get drunk with your fellow Santa doppelgangers while hopping from one bar to another!
2. Hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and getting tan at Makapu'u Beach Park
Tired of partying and in need of something more active? Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail offers one of the most beautiful lookout views on the island while being less visited than the other crowded touristy spots. The hike is only 2 miles and you can go rest at the beach after for some tan, and possibly some seaside activities if the water permits.
Where: Take H1 freeway going east, quickly turns into Kalanianaole Highway. Go past Hanauma Bay for about 1 mile, turn right onto Makapuu Lighthouse Road, entering an open gate marked by a sign that reads “Ka Iwi Scenic Shoreline." By bus, take bus 23/57.
3. Taking picture with Shaka Santa & Mele Tutu at Honolulu City Lights
Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele are heading back to town. The 21-foot iconic staple is here atop the Honolulu Hale fountain, as part of the Honolulu City Lights since 1989. 5 years later, Tutu Mele was created. You can only see a Santa with his shirt opens and a shaka sign, together with his partner here in Honolulu!
Where: Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 530 S. King Street
3. Bevy Christmas Party
Come celebrate Christmas with the local hipster community at Bevy's 4th Christmas Party. With music provided by the Soul Time in Hawaii crew featuring STIH residents Roger Bong, Oliver Seguin, and Hideki Yamamoto for an evening of funk, boogie, jazz and disco records and Hawaiian Christmas vinyl. Bevy will be serving Christmas special drinks and menus all night.
Where: Bevy, 675 Auahi St, ste 130, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
4. Downbeat’s Reggae Christmas Shantytown, Saturday, December 24
How about going to a reggae music show for Christmas Eve? Shantytown features the selectors of Pressure Down Sounds and Rudies hi-fi, Expect classic Jamaican rocksteady, skinhead reggae, and sprinklings of blue beat ska. Spinning strictly vinyl all night long, Pressure Down Sounds and Rudies hi-fi celebrates best of the best old-school Jamaican reggae in a very Hawaiian Christmas. Downbeat Lounge
9pm | 21+ | No Cover
Where: Downbeat Lounge, 42 N Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
5. Bar 35 Grinchmas
Pizzas, pupus, drinks and 80s Pop Muzik for Christmas Eve? Heck yes. Bar 35 is hosting Grinchmaswith 80s Pop Muzik played by DJs Rhombus, Nocturna, and KSM from 9 pm to 2 am on Christmas Eve. Bar 35 features a giant dance hall in the front, and a string lights lit backyard decored with bamboo trees that for sure will make it a perfect destination to meet people, especially on Christmas Eve night. Get the Bangkok Pizza and thank me later.
Where: Bar 35, 35 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817
Whatever you do, stay safe and party with a lot of alohas! Mele Kalikimaka!