‘Tis the season for holly jolly merriment and if you’re looking for holiday fun, Royal Hawaiian Center in Honolulu has got you covered! Whether you are interested in festive holiday decor, pictures with Santa, live music, delicious food or shopping, RHC has a little bit of everything to get visitors and Kama’aina in the spirit. Here are the holiday events at Royal Hawaiian Center that you won’t want to miss…
Holiday Events At Royal Hawaiian Center
The Center goes ALL OUT for the holidays and decorates every inch of their beautiful complex. From glittery swags adorning the hallways to stars hanging from the trees in The Royal Grove, it’s hard to miss the holiday decor. The best part is the beautiful Christmas tree (it’s 34 feet tall – you can’t miss it!) that is fully lit and covered in sparkling ornaments.
Santa Marty Arrives
Every year for the month of December, Santa Marty (he’s a very Hawaiian Christmas Santa) arrives to Royal Hawaiian Center. All holiday season long through Christmas Eve, guests are invited to sit under the Center’s 34-foot-tall holiday tree in The Royal Grove and take free photos with Santa Marty using their mobile phones or tablets.
Santa Marty couldn’t come to Hawaii without bringing his mailbox with him! New for 2019, RHC is making it easy for traveling keiki (kids) to keep in touch with St. Nick through Santa’s Mailbox. Throughout December, keiki of all ages can visit Santa’s Mailbox, located in Helumoa Hale, where they can write letters to Santa on special Royal Hawaiian Center stationary about what they want for Christmas.
There is live music throughout the year in The Royal Grove (the calendar of events always has the latest schedule), but during the holidays, expect to hear quite a few popular Christmas songs played with a Hawaiian twist. Even if you’ve already visited Santa, grab an outdoor seat in the grass for an up-close view or a patio seat at Il Lupino to have a bite to eat while you listen.
Fukubukuro At Royal Hawaiian Center
Have you heard of Fukubukuro? In Japanese, Fukubukuro literally translates into “lucky bag”. In Japan, on New Year’s Day, merchants sell these lucky bags for at least half of what they are actually worth. The catch? The contents of the bags are a complete surprise not to be revealed until they are purchased. Royal Hawaiian Center participates every single year in this amazingly fun celebration and proceeds benefit a local charity! This year, auction starts December 23rd and runs through December 31st. I’ll see you there!
I hope this fun holiday guide was helpful! How are you celebrating the season in Honolulu?