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Kailua Kalikimaka Kicks Off Holiday Events

November 19, 2017, 12:15 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:25 PM
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kailua kalikimakaKailua Village will celebrate the holiday season with events and activities beginning with the tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, as Kailua Kalikimaka brings in a sleigh full of holiday cheer.

Kailua Kalikimaka Tree Lighting
Kailua Village Business Improvement District begins the festivities on Friday, Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Emma’s Square (located across from Hulihe‘e Palace). This tree lighting tradition gets started at 5:45 p.m. Special musical guest Darlene Ahuna performs classic holiday favorites as Kumu Hula Kenneth Aloha Victor brings his award-winning Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu for holiday hula. Plan for a festive selfie spot with Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii as the tree lights up and signals the start of the holiday season, welcoming everyone to Historic Kailua Village with a reminder to shop, dine and buy local.

Dinner and a Movie Night
On Saturday, Dec.  2, bring the entire family down to Kona Commons for Dinner and a Movie Night. This family fun night gets underway at 5 p.m. with free photos with Santa, popcorn, Christmas caroling with Aunty Tutu and a free big screen showing of the Disney movie Moana. The film will be screened in the former Sports Authority. Lawn chairs are allowed but coolers are not permitted.

Kokua Kailua
Looking for locally made crafts for under the tree? Be sure to shop local at Kokua Kailua on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aliʻi Drive. Support village merchants, artists and musicians as Aliʻi Drive becomes a pedestrian-only mall.

Grammy Award-Winning Kalani Pe‘a in Concert
As a gift to the community, the Kailua Village Business Improvement District is happy to present a free holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 6 pm featuring Grammy- and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning musician Kalani Pe‘a on center stage.

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4th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
The holiday fun continues with the Lighted Boat Parade following the Kalani Pe‘a concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Kona’s fleet will put on a show in Kailua Bay. The Body Glove boat will be docked at Kailua Pier for great viewing with food and beverages available for purchase.

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Kailua Kalikimaka is produced by Kailua Village Business Improvement District and is brought to you with support from community partners KTA Super Stores, Current Events, Kona Commons, On The Rocks, Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, Huggo’s, KBXtreme, Bank of Hawaii, Lex Brodie’s Tires, Body Glove Cruises, Brewery Block and Walmart.

For more information, visit www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com.

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