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OPENS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012.
(Wed., Nov. 27, 2012) — Every three years, new ornaments are created to dress the grand
Don't miss the unveiling of the new ocean-themed ornaments and the lighting of the 50-foot tree by
Arrive early to get parking in the Civic Center Parking Structure as you don't want to miss former Miss Hawaii Debbie Nakanelua-Richards who will emcee the ceremony and songstress
Look closely and you'll see an eight foot he'e (octopus) spouting water in the Honolulu Hale fountain.
"We wanted to have a whimsical focus this year," said Kaleve Iosefa, the coordinator of Honolulu City Lights for the City. "We hope children will not only enjoy the new exhibits, but will learn more about our island connection to the sea."
Presented free by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, the annual holiday celebration draws thousands to the downtown/civic center on opening night to see the "corridor of lights" followed by the always popular Public Workers Electric Light Parade, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company and Macy's.
The parade will start at 6 p.m. in the
Watch for the spectacular Santa float created by Parade Man Nelson Fujio. Island families and visitors are welcome to visit with the City employees who have decorated their work vehicles for an hour after the parade ends.
Because there's such a large crowd lining
Children should look for the new Christmas coloring book with a recycling theme under the Environmental Services tree, which is one of 22 in the courtyard.
Santa can be found in the Mission Memorial Auditorium adjacent to Honolulu Hale. For those children visiting with Santa between 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Hawaiian Telcom will be there to take free photos to mark the occasion. After 9 p.m., parents should use their own cameras to take photos with Santa.
You won't want to miss the 7:30 p.m. holiday concert presented by Tihati Productions on a stage near Sky Gate. This year's line-up includes Melveen Leed, Frank DeLima, Anuhea, Ballet Hawaii, PAC Kids and Company, the
There will be food booths in the area selling everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to Greek and Thai food. The Friends of Honolulu City Lights will have a booth fronting
The key sponsors of the 2012 Honolulu City Lights celebration include: First Hawaiian Bank, Macy's, Hawaiian Electric Company, Kraft Foods Hawaii, John H. Connors Insurance, Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Cox Media Group, Leonard's Bakery,
Although the opening ceremonies start at 6:00 p.m., families are encouraged to come early to avoid the expected heavy traffic. Parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Structure (enter off
If you can't make it down to Honolulu Hale on opening night, tune in to Olelo Channel 55 to see the entire evening's celebration live, starting at 6:00 p.m.
A one-hour parade special, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, will air on
Honolulu City Lights' sponsors have set up several free Special Nights during the month-long celebration:
Dec. 14: Special Night showcasing Hanauma Bay, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., located under a tent on the ewa side of the Mission Memorial Auditorium, with keiki games and educational activities.
Dec. 15 and 22: Kraft Foods Hawaii Special Nights featuring free photos with Santa in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
OPENING NIGHT TIMELINE (DECEMBER 1):
4:00 P.M. Food booths and keiki rides open
6:00 P.M. Tree Lighting Ceremony followed by Electric Light Parade down
6 - 9 P.M. Santa in the Mission Memorial Auditorium (large red brick building)
6:30 P.M. Honolulu Hale Courtyard opens for viewing of decorated trees and wreaths
For pictures of Honolulu City Lights: