FOUR PLACES TO SEE CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS IN HAWAII
By Maria Kanai
Oahu – Christmas Lane, 45-355 to 45-395 Namoku Street
Every year, practically all the homes on this street light up for the holidays. Find parking if you’re able to and walk from end to end to see all the fun decorations like Waldo, snowmen, giant penguins and bears, Minions and more. There’s the occasional live music and a wonderful little white bench under a small decorated garden arbor – perfect for your family photo shoot.
Maui –The Banyan Tree, 671 Front Street
Probably the most famous landmark in Lahaina – the Banyan Tree was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first missionary. The tree, originally from India, was only 8” tall when it was first planted. Today? It now has a dozen main trunks, and spreads over the better part of an acre. Thousands of colored lights adorn the tree for the entire holiday season. It will remain lit through January 1.
Hawaii Island – Punalights, 15-2053 18th Ave.
Hawaii Island residents spread holiday spirit every year by lighting up their homes with beautiful Christmas light displays. The Oshiro family in Keaau is no exception. Every year, the Oshiros throw a synchronized light and music show that you won’t want to miss. The show runs every night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Optional canned food donations are accepted for The Food Basket Inc., Hawaii Island Food Bank.
Kauai – Festival of Lights, The Historic County Building, 4396 Rice Street
The Festival of Lights in Kauai is an award-winning display that runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through December 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. as well as on December 29. Check out the interior display of Auntie Josie’s Christmas folk art, dazzling creations crafted by Kauai artisans and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.