While other parts of the country deck the halls in preparation for a white Christmas, Honolulu Hale celebrates the holidays with a uniquely Hawaiian twist. The obligatory Christmas tree is present, but so is a giant, barefoot Santa proudly showing off a shaka, the local style of waving. All of this is part of the Honolulu City Lights display hosted by Honolulu Hale.
Other distinctive decorations include a surfboard-carrying snowman, Mrs. Claus adorned with a lei, and a giant sign wishing everyone a "Mele Kalikimaka" (the Hawaiian version of "Merry Christmas").
Dozens of other holiday displays are set up inside the building, including gingerbread houses, candy tableaus, and winter scenes. In addition, wreaths created by local schoolchildren adorn the walls complete with handwritten cards.
Outside, the Honolulu City Lights display outshines the surrounding area with its numerous illuminating displays. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available for those looking to take a leisurely tour of the area. Vendors also sell glow sticks for anyone wishing to get into the light-hearted mood.
During the other 11 months of the year, Honolulu Hale in downtown Honolulu serves as the office for Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the City Council and various other city departments. Built in 1928, most of the offices in the structure are located against the four walls, creating a large, open area in the center of the building that leads to the central stairway. The area is plain, unobtrusive, functional, and lacks any superfluous designs.
- Location: 530 South King Street Honolulu, HI
- Phone: 808-523-4674