Have a Hula Xmas and an Aloha NYE in Hawaii
If you’ve been itching to get your Aloha on, now’s the time to do it! There are some seriously great deals to Hawaii at the moment, and it’s an easy trip from Australia with direct flights from most major airports daily. Why not make this a Christmas or New Year one with a distinctly Hawaiian flavour?
Can’t get out of Xmas at Nanna’s this year? Make it your Christmas wish or New Year resolution to be in Hawaii next festive season and swap hanging out with your awkward relatives for drinks by the beach with your besties in Waikiki!
Head to the island of Oahu, where you’ll fly into Hawaii’s only major city, Honolulu. From there it’s just a short drive down the road to gorgeous Waikiki, one of the world’s most iconic beach and surf spots. Stay at Aqua Aloha Surf or Waikiki Parc to get you amongst all the action of this fun and friendly holiday destination. Cruise down to the beachfront where you can hire a board and ride some long mellow barrels, before exploring Waikiki on foot or by bike to get your bearings.
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Visit the Duke Kahanamoku statue, take a group outrigger canoe trip along the shore, or visit some of the many attractions Waikiki has to offer. If you want to explore further afield, it’s only around an hour’s drive to the North Shore where you can see the legendary surfspots of Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, which are in full force at this time of year.
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There will be a distinctly Aloha flavour to your Christmas in Hawaii. The usual customs of present giving and overindulging in too much food are usually followed by gatherings on the beach, with ukulele playing and hula
dancing. At Waikiki Beach you’re likely to see Santa aboard an outrigger canoe, decked out in a Hawaiian shirt (naturally!) You’ll also hear a lot of ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ the widely used Hawaiian phrase for ‘Merry Christmas’.
Once Boxing Day hits, work off all that Christmas excess by hitting the malls for some serious American post-Christmas sale shopping. If shoppings not your thing, venture up the famous Diamond Head Summit Trail, where you can hike up to the summit of the ancient (dormant) volcano and enjoy 360-degree views of the island.
If you’ll be in the Aloha State for New Years, you’re in for a treat. Waikiki puts on a spectacular show for around 100,000 locals and visitors, with beachfront parties and fireworks at midnight lit from a large barge on the ocean. Knock back some Mai Tais, get your hula on, and join in the party!