FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What date is opening night in 2012 and also in 2012?
December 1, 2012 (always the 1st Saturday in December)
What date does this year's Honolulu City Lights close?
The decorations begin to come down on January 1, 2013, the first work day of the year.
What is the route and start time for the Electric Light Parade?
The parade starts at 6:00 pm. at River Street and moves up King Street,
ending at Kawaiahao Street.
For the parade route map click here.
What streets will be closed for the Public Workers Electric Light Parade?
Streets in the Chinatown and Downtown area will be closed for practical and safety reasons.
For the parade route map and general street closure plan click here.
For a detailed street closure plan click here.
Where's the best place to see the Electric Light Parade as the crowds are
huge at Punchbowl and King?
Smaller crowds and unobstructed views are available in the Chinatown area from River Street to Fort Street Mall. A variety of restaurants are located in this area. Another option is to relax and see the parade and the tree lighting ceremony on the big screen which will be set up on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center,
next to the Municipal Building.
NOTE: You will not be able to see all the marching bands and vehicles if you are situated past Honolulu Hale between Kawaiahao and Alapai Streets. Vehicle units will be parked in this area and the bands will stop performing to proceed to their buses.
When will the lights on the big tree be lit?
The opening ceremony at Honolulu Hale begins at 6 pm and the lights are scheduled
to be turned on at approximately 6:30 pm.
Can I bring a picnic supper for my family to enjoy on the Honolulu Hale grounds?
Yes, but there will also be food booths on the Civic Center grounds.
Food service and children's entertainment begins at approximately 4 pm.
After the Opening Ceremony and the Electric Light Parade, are any other special events
happening during the month of December?
To Be Announced
What bus do I take from Waikiki to get to Honolulu Hale?
Board any of the buses listed below from Kuhio Avenue, heading away from Diamond Head,
and ride to Beretania and Punchbowl streets. Disembark at the first Bus stop immediately after Punchbowl.
Walk down Punchbowl Street to King Street and cross Punchbowl Street to Honolulu Hale.
- 2 School Street-Middle Street
- 13 Liliha-Puunui Avenue
- Route B - CityExpress! School Middle
- 42 Ewa Beach
What bus do I take to return to Waikiki from Honolulu Hale?
Board any of the buses listed below on King Street at Punchbowl Street
- 2 Waikiki-Kapiolani Park
- 13 Waikiki-Campbell Avenue
- Route B - CityExpress! Waikiki
- 19, 20 or 42 Waikiki Beach and Hotels
View a map of the Honolulu Hale area bus stops here.
What time do the buses run?
For more info on daytime, evening, weekend and holiday bus schedules and additional routes,
visit http://www.thebus.org or call 848-4400.
Is there an entrance fee?
Where do I park?
Parking is available at the Civic Center lot at the corner of Beretania and Alapai.
Parking is free after 4:30 pm on the weekdays and all day on weekends.
Are the outside lights on all night?
Yes. The lights remain on til sunlight, switching off at approximately 6:00 am.
What are the hours to see the decorated trees and wreath exhibit
inside Honolulu Hale?
Honolulu Hale will be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Can I bring my dog to Honolulu City Lights?
No, dogs are not allowed around the displays, including the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center
and inside and around Honolulu Hale. The only exception is certified service dogs,
which must be on a leash at all times as required by law.
Where can I find more information on entering the annual
Wreath Contest at Honolulu Hale?
Download an entry form by clicking here.
When will the event be broadcast on television?
Live broadcoast of the Opening Ceremony will be from 6 - 10 p.m. on Olelo Channel 52.