The √ indicates admission is $5 or less, or free. Full-price admission is listed; the * denotes discounts (or free) for students, seniors, military, members, children and/or advance purchase.
Editor's note: Some venues will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. Call the venue for details.
√ "Honolulu City Lights," the city's holiday spectacle, with displays around Honolulu Hale, Christmas trees in the courtyard, wreath display in Lane Gallery, and lights through the Downtown corridor; daily through Jan. 1; free.
The Santa Cruise, take a short detour to view Honolulu lights and decorations; 5:15 p.m. daily through Tuesday; Navatek I, Pier 6; $75*; 973-1311.
AT THE MALLS
√ Ala Moana Center: Ellen Masaki's School of Music, 8-9 p.m. Dec. 21; John Cruz, 12-12:45 p.m., and Halau 'Olapakuikala'i 'o Hokuaulani, 2-2:45 p.m. Dec. 22. Ongoing: "The Christmas Gift of Aloha" musical performance, 6 p.m. today-Sunday; Santa's Menehune Toy Shop, from 10 a.m. today-Monday; Candy Cane Train, from 10 a.m. daily through Dec. 28; keiki hula show, 10-11 a.m. Sundays; free; 955-9517.
√ Pearlridge Center, Uptown: Na Hula O Kaleiokapunalani, 7-8 p.m. Dec. 21; Performing Artist Academy, 5-6 p.m., and Hawaii Music Works, 7-8 p.m. Dec. 22; Sabrina Starr Studio/ W Performing Arts presentation of "The Nutcracker," 3-4 p.m., and Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy, 5-6 p.m. Dec. 23; Kama'aina Kids, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 27. Ongoing: Pearlridge Express, daily during mall hours through Jan. 1; photos with Santa (for a fee), daily during mall hours through Monday; Keiki Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays; Junior Keiki Tuesday and chess lessons, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays; Baba Alimoot and friends (strolling Uptown and Downtown), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays; Kaipo Asing and Ohana (strolling Uptown and Downtown), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; free; 488-0981.
√ Windward Mall: Halau Hula mai ka Pu'uwai a ka Mana'o, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 23. Ongoing: photos with Santa (for a fee), from 10 a.m. Fridays-Sundays and from 11 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays; free; www.windwardmall.com.
√ Aloha Tower Marketplace: 'ukulele lessons with Shane Konno, 2:30-3 p.m. Saturdays; Star of Honolulu welcome hula show, 4:30-5:30 p.m. daily; free; 566-2337.
"Merry Christmas, Roberta (A Chinatown Story)," a married couple, owners of a Chinatown convenience store, notice some grocery items are missing, and it looks like their 9-year-old daughter has been giving food to a homeless person on her way to school, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 6, Yellow Brick Studio, 625 Keawe St.; $15*; 550-8457, www.honoluluboxoffice.com.
"The Very Best of Christmas Talk Story," a Honolulu Theatre for Youth compilation of holiday reflections by local writers, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew's Cathedral; $16*; 839-9885, www.htyweb.org.
Sharkey's Comedy Club: "Open-Mike Comedy Competition," doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Thursdays; "Improv Comedy With The Comedy Crusaders," doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Fridays; "Stand Up Comedy With Bo Irvine and Friends," doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturdays; $8* Thursdays, $15* Fridays-Saturdays. 531-4242.
"Cirque Hawaii," exotic new-age circus of acrobats, jugglers, bungee jumpers and contortionists, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily except Wednesdays; $55*, $75* (kama'aina $44.55*, $52.92*, $66.33*); dinner packages available; Cirque Hawaii Theatre, 325 Seaside Ave.; 922-0017.
"Creation — A Polynesian Journey," a mythical journey through song and dance, about the creation of man and woman in a South Seas context, dinner check-in 5:30 p.m., seating at 6 p.m., cocktail check-in 6:45 p.m., seating at 7 p.m., daily except Mondays and Wednesdays; $115 deluxe dinner, $69.50* standard dinner, $38* cocktails only (kama'aina $63*, $68*, $105*); Ainahau Showroom, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel; 922-5811.
"Danny Couch — The Voice of These Islands," with hula, dinner at 5:15 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel, Ainahau Showroom; $69.50 for dinner, $38 cocktails; 931-4660, www.dannycouch.com.
"Magic of Polynesia," featuring illusionist John Hirokawa, 8:20 p.m. daily (seating at 7 p.m.); deluxe dinner, $136.13*; regular dinner $79.58*; cocktails only $50.26* (kama'aina $37*, $55*); Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber hotel; 971-4321.
Society of Seven Las Vegas, spinoff group of the classic Society of Seven; 8:30 p.m. daily except Mondays; dinner seating, 7 p.m.; $72*; cocktails only, $47*, plus drinks (kama'aina $51.25*, $29.50*); Main Showroom, Outrigger Waikiki Hotel on the Beach; 923-7469.
"Stars in Concert Hawai'i," Elvis Presley, Elton John, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and The Blues Brothers impersonators; dinner seating 6:45 p.m.; cocktail seating 8:45 p.m., show at 9 p.m. daily except Wednesdays; Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Ainahau Showroom; deluxe dinner $99, standard $75 adult and $56 children 3-11; show only, $45 adults, $30 children; 923-1245.
MUSIC & DANCE
√ International Market Place food court: My Hawaiian Christmas Show, 8:30-9:15 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; Greg and Junko MacDonald, 7-9 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays; Voyage Through Polynesia, 8:30-9:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; free; 971-2080.
√ Recreational International Folk Dancing, 7-9 p.m. Sundays; Mo'ili'ili Community Center; $3; 941-6453.
Hula classes, all ages and skill levels; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays; Aloha Activity Center, 725 Kapi'olani Blvd.; $10; 677-7341.
√ Na Leo Lani Chorus, Hawai'i chapter of Sweet Adelines International, invites the public and prospective members — women, 16 and older — to its rehearsals; 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Saint Francis School auditorium, Manoa; free; 440-4607, www.sweetadelineshawaii.org.
√ Aloha Swing Saturdays, swing dancing lessons, 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Aloha Activity Center, 725 Kapi'olani Blvd., No. C101; $5; 780-4641, www.hawaiijitterbugs.org.
√ Swing Ong King, swing dancing lessons, 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, Ong King Arts Center; $5; 282-0053, www.hawaiijitterbugs.org.
√ Art is Music Festival, with the Ron Artis family, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Hale'iwa Food Court, across from McDonald's; free; 637-1211.
√ Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association: Saturday Ball Dance, 6:30-9:45 p.m. Jan. 5, Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse, $5; Friday Ohana Night General Dance, 6:30-9:45 p.m. today and Jan. 18, Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse, $3; Saturday Social Dance, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26, Aliamanu Middle School cafeteria, donations accepted; 222-7851, 848-7789.
√ Royal Hawaiian Band, 12 p.m. Dec. 21, 'Iolani Palace; free; 922-5331.
√ Kuhio Beach torch-lighting and hula show, 6-7 p.m. daily except Mondays, Kuhio Beach hula mound; free; 843-8002.
√ Native Books/Na Mea Hawai'i, Ward Warehouse: hula classes with Germaine Kaleolani Haili, 8:15-9 a.m. Tuesdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays; introduction to Hawaiian language, 8:15-9 a.m. Wednesdays; beginning adult 'ukulele classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays; Aupuni Art Place: make-and-take workshops with Michiko West, 12-4 p.m. Saturdays; feather workshops, 5:30-9 p.m. Mondays; nominal fee for materials; 597-8971.
√ Keiki Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Borders, Ward Centre; free; 591-8995.
√ Planet Fun's "Catch A Rising Star": kids-only singing competition, 7 p.m. Fridays, Planet Fun, The Kunia Shopping Center; free, www.planetfunusa.com.
√ Kaimuki Public Library: storytime with crafts, 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, through December; free; 733-8422.
√ Waialua Public Library: storytime with crafts, 10 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29; free; 637-8286.
√ Tinkered & Toyed 2007, works displayed and sold by more than 40 local artists; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21; Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i; free; 945-7633.
Box Car Racing, for adults and children, 12-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 2-6 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, plus major school holidays, American Box Car Racing International, Kunia; $7*; 947-3393, www.boxcarracing.org.
√ Youth Speaks Hawai'i, slam poetry workshops for ages 13-19, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The ARTS at Marks Garage; free; 387-9664.
√ Go (Asian board game) lessons, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Palolo Hongwanji Buddhist Temple; free; 596-8590, 833-5554.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
√ Hawai'i Craftsmen Holiday Sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 29; The ARTS at Marks Garage; free; 521-3282.
√ Sunset Country Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Sunset Beach Elementary School; free; 237-8248.
√ Waimanalo Country Market and Crafts Fair, plus clothes, jewelry and plants, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Waimanalo Homestead Community Center; free; 259-5349.
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Whale Watch Lunch Cruise, for those in search of humpback whales with commentary; 12 p.m. daily through April 6; Navatek I, Pier 6; $62*; 973-1311.
√ Aloha Friday King's Jubilee, with flag ceremony, precision rifle drill and musical revue, followed by fireworks display, 7 p.m. Fridays, Hilton Hawaiian Village; free; 949-4321, ext. 77881.
Chinatown Historic and Cultural Walking Tour, presented by Hawai'i Heritage Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; meet at 1040 Smith St.; $10*; 521-2749.
Chinatown Museum Walking Tours, Chinatown and harbor/Capitol District, 10:30 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Hawaiian Chinese Multicultural Museum and Archives, Maunakea Marketplace; $10; reservations, 595-3358.
Marine Munchies, animal feeding, 4:15-6 p.m. Mondays, Waikiki Aquarium; $20*; 923-9741.
√ Hawai'i Theatre Docent Tours, includes a mini performance on the 1922 Robert Morton theater organ, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Hawai'i Theatre; $5; 528-0506.
√ Lauhala Weaving Hui/Guild, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month, Mission Houses Museum; free; reservations, 531-0481, ext. 714.
Mission Houses Museum Walking Tours, with Nanette N. Napoleon, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., every second Saturday of the month; $20*; 531-0481, ext. 714.
Hawaiian Railway Train Rides, 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays, 91-1001 Renton Road, 'Ewa; narrated, 90-minute roundtrip to Kahe Point; $10*; 681-5461.
"Brain: The World Inside Your Head," exhibit exploring facts and myths of the brain, with displays and interactive activities, opening Saturday and continuing 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 20, Bishop Museum; $15.95*; 847-3511.
Pauahi: A Legacy for Hawai'i, exhibition, 3 p.m. daily, Bishop Museum; $15.95* general, $7.50* kama'aina; 847-3511.
Hawaiian Quilting Bee, 10 a.m.2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday of the month, Mission Houses Museum; $20*; reservations, 531-0481, ext. 714. 'Iolani Palace Grand Tours, 1 1/2-hour tour of galleries and barracks, every 30 minutes, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $20* ($15* kama'aina). Galleries tour only: $12*; 522-0832.
Mission Houses Museum Tours, 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $10* ($8* kama'aina); 531-0481.
"Navigating Change: The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands" exhibit, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Hawai'i Maritime Center; $7.50*; 536-6373.
Pineapple Express Train Tour, 20-minute tour, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Dole Plantation; $7.50*; 621-8408.
Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens: keiki-focused guided walking tour, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily (1 p.m. Sundays only); $14.50*; 239-6775, www.fonggarden.com.
Ola Na Mo'olelo series, Hawaiian history storytelling, 1 p.m. daily, Bishop Museum; free with museum admission of $15.95*, or kama'aina $7.50*; 847-3511.
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