2016 Christmas parades in Hawaii

kaimuki christmas parade

On Kauai, the annual Lights on Rice Parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade will begin at Vidinha Stadium, head down Ho‘olako and Rice streets, and end on ‘Eiwa Street at the Historic County Building.

In preparation for the event, the Kauai Police Department will close all streets along the parade route, from roughly 5:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the parade. During the ‘Eiwa Street road closure, the bus stop on ‘Eiwa Street will be temporarily relocated to Hardy Street, fronting the state building. No parking will be allowed along the parade route, including ‘Eiwa and ‘Umi streets, after 4:30 p.m. on Friday. There will also be no parking allowed in the parking lots of the Historic County Building and the state buildings on Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, to allow parade floats to park in these lots.

The annual Kauai Museum Christmas Craft Fair will also take place on Friday. For the safety of pedestrians and vendors at the fair, there will be no access to the Līhu‘e Civic Center parking lot through the ‘Eiwa Street entrance behind the museum, from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday until noon on Saturday. A private security company will be monitoring the Kauai Museum parking area.

The following parades take place on Oahu:

Thursday, Dec. 1

Kaimuki, 6-8 p.m. The event is expected to have 1,500 marchers, 35 vehicles, and 5 floats. It will start at Saint Louis School/Chaminade University grounds, to Waialae Ave., to Koko Head Ave., to end at the municipal parking lot. The parade will be on the makai half of Waialae Ave. The mauka half will be contraflowed from 3rd Ave. to Koko Head Ave. Sponsored by Kaimuki Business and Professional Association.

Friday, Dec. 2

Wahiawa, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is expected to have 300 marchers, 10 vehicles, and 2 floats. It will start at Kaala Elementary School, to California Ave., to North Cane St., end at Center St. Lanes will be closed from 6 p.m. Sponsored by Wahiawa Community and Business Association.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Mililani, 9-10:30 a.m. The event is expected to have 1,500 marchers, 30 vehicles, 10 floats, and 2 bands. It will start at Mililani High School Stadium at Kipapa Dr., past Mililani Shopping Center, onto Moenamanu St., onto Kuahelani Ave., onto Meheula Pkwy., onto Lanikuhana Ave., to finish at Town Center of Mililani between Ruby Tuesday and Assaggio. Sponsored by Mililani Shopping Center and Town Center of Mililani.

Kaneohe, 9 a.m.-noon. The event is expected to have 1,800 marchers, 40 vehicles, 18 floats, and 5 bands. It will start at Windward Mall at Haiku Rd., to Kamehameha Hwy., to Kaneohe Bay Dr., to end at Castle High School. Sponsored by Kaneohe Christmas Parade Committee.

Honolulu, 6-11 p.m. Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Electric Light Parade. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 floats, and 15 vehicles. It will start at Aala Park to King St., kokohead on King St., to end in closed-off portion of King St., between Punchbowl and South sts. Lanes will be closed from 5 p.m. Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu. [More information]

Sunday, Dec. 4

Pearl City, 4-6 p.m. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 30 vehicles, and 10 floats. It will start at Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie St., to Hoomoana St., to Hoolaulea St., to end at Pearl City Shopping Center. Sponsored by Pearl City Shopping Center.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Kapahulu-Moiliili, 6:30-10 p.m. The event is expected to have 250 marchers and 5-8 vehicles. It will start at Kuhio Elementary School, to King St., to Beretania St., to end at Isenberg St., fronting the Old Stadium Park. Sponsored by Kapahulu-Moiliili Lions Club.

Friday, Dec. 9

Haleiwa, 6-8 p.m. The event is expected to have 500 marchers, 45 vehicles, 5 floats & 3 bands. It will start at Weed Circle, to Kamehameha Hwy., through Haleiwa town, to end at Haleiwa Beach Park. Sponsored by North Shore Community Chamber of Commerce/Haleiwa Main Street. [Website]

Saturday, Dec. 10

Waimanalo, 9-11 a.m. The event is expected to have 120 marchers, 4 vehicles, 4 floats, and 2 bands. It will start at Hihimanu St./Kumuhau St., to Hihimanu St., to Kalanianaole Hwy., to end at Waimanalo Beach Park. Sponsored by Waimanalo Construction Coalition.

Aiea, 9-11 a.m. The event is expected to have 200 marchers, 10 vehicles, and 2 bands. It will start at Pearlridge Elementary School parking lot, to Moanalua Rd., to Kaamilo St., to Ulune St., to Halewiliko St., to end at Aiea Sugar Mill Site. Sponsored by Aiea Community Association.

Gentry Waipio, 10-11:30 a.m. The event is expected to have 800 marchers and 15 vehicles. It will start at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center on Ukee St., near the Outback Steakhouse, to Ka Uka Blvd., to Waipio Uka St., to end at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center. Sponsored by Gentry Waipio Community Association.

Waianae, 10 a.m.-noon. The event is expected to have 1,000 marchers, 30 vehicles, 30 floats, 5 bands, and 3 horse groups. It will start at Waianae Boat Harbor, to Farrington Hwy., to end at Waianae Mall. Sponsored by Waianae Coast Rotary Club.

Waipahu, 3-4 p.m. The event is expected to have 10 vehicles. It will start at Waipahu Elementary School to Waipahu St., to Leoku St., to end at Leolua St. behind Waipahu Town Center. Sponsored by Leeward Oahu Lions Club.

Manoa, 5-7 p.m. The event is expected to have 1,100 marchers, 12 vehicles, and 5 bands. It will start at Noelani School, to Woodlawn Dr., to Kolowalu St., to East Manoa Rd., to Lowrey Ave., to Manoa Rd., to Manoa Park. Sponsored by East Manoa Lions Club.

Kapolei, 6-8 p.m. West Oahu Electric Light Parade. The event is expected to have 25 vehicles, 3 floats, and 4 bands. It will start at Fort Barrette Rd./Kapolei Pkwy., west on Kapolei Pkwy. (mauka side), to end at Kealakapu St. One lane will be contraflowed on Kapolei Pkwy. for west-bound traffic from Ft. Barrette Rd. to Kinioki St. Sponsored by City and County of Honolulu. [More information]

Sunday, Dec. 11

Olomana, 2:30-3:30 p.m. The event is expected to have 30+ marchers, 10 vehicles, and 7 floats. It will start at Maunawili Elementary School, to Ulupii St., to Ulupuni St., to Uluohao St., to Uluhala St., to Ulupuni St., to Ulukou St., end at Maunawili Elementary School. Sponsored by Olomana Community Association.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Ewa Beach, 10 a.m.-noon. The event is expected to have 1,000 marchers, 80 vehicles, 12 floats, and 2 bands. It will start at Ilima Intermediate School parking lot, to Ft. Weaver Rd., to Kuhina St., to Hanakahi St., to North Rd., to Ft. Weaver Rd., to end at Ilima Intermediate School parking lot. Sponsored by Ewa Beach Lions Club.

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