December 14

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Saturday December 14
Furoshiki: Alternative Gift Wrapping
Hawaii State Library, 3 p.m., free. Eco-crafter Evelyn Nakamura teach adults how to use a square fabric (furoshiki) to wrap a variety of gifts of different shapes and sizes. All containers and furoshiki needed to practice 12 different ties provided. Class size limited to 20 adults, ages 18 and older. Registration is required. (586-35200)

Japanese Flower Arranging
Windward Community College Hale Kuhina 115, Nov. 16-Jan. 18, Saturdays, 9:40-11:30 a.m., $48. Use your aesthetic awareness to assemble materials, choosing the most beautiful aspects, assemble them in a different order and endow them with a value transcending that which they had in nature. (235-7433)

Ocean Safety and Thrill Craft
Windward Community College Hale Alakai 101, Dec. 14-15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $139. Learn about the legal and regulatory requirements for people who participate in the sport of two-in surfing, risk management principles, local ocean safety principles and practices and more. (235-7433)

Photography: Taking Better Photos
Windward Community College Hale Alakai 102, 9 a.m.-noon, $80 plus $5 lab fee. Learn the simple techniques of digital photography and how to use your camera in different modes. A 35mm digital SLR camera is recommended. (235-7433)

Aiea Community Christmas Parade and Fun Fair
Begins at Pearl Ridge Elementary School at 9 a.m., fun fair takes place at Old Sugar Mill site from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., contact for cost. Sponsored by the Aiea Community Association, the parade includes Santa, Aiea High School Marching Band, the Marine Forces Band, schools, businesses and other community groups. The fair features entertainment, All Kine Grindz lunch truck, shave ice and various children’s activities. (, 741-6047)

Building Your Home For Life
Honolulu Country Club, 9-11 a.m., free. More people in Hawaii are turning to large additions or re-building instead of purchasing a new home. Discover where to start, how to select a builder, what to watch out for and more. Space is limited; reservations are required. (593-2808,

Celebrate Christmas “Local-Style”
Salt Lake Shopping Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Activities include make-and-take crafts, prize giveaways and a visit to Santa’s Hale to receive a treat. Professional photos with Santa available for a fee. (

Christmas Craft Fair
Prince Kuhio Community Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission. The fair features over 60 food and craft vendors, entertainment, keiki ID and hula halau. Many of the craft and food vendors are from the Kapolei community with an emphasis on Hawaiian Homelands lessees and their ohana. (

Christmas Hoolaulea
Waianae Mall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. The event features food, crafts, games, an information booth, Santa and a photo booth. Entertainment includes the Royal Hawaiian Band, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center and the Air Force band. (

Christmas Tea
Wahiawa United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m., contact for cost. The fundraiser supports the Susannah Wesley Community Center in Kalihi and promotes fellowship among guests. Enjoy table-served tea with China dishes. (429-8315, 622-4361)

Free Gift Wrapping
Windward Mall Center Court, Dec. 14 and 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., free. Club Scout Pack 229 from Kapunahala Elementary School in Kaneohe wraps Christmas gifts free of charge, with wrapping paper donated by Windward City and Kaneohe Bay Longs Drugs. (

Holiday Pop Up Shop
Yogur Story, 5-10 p.m., free. Stuff your stockings with Hawaii’s most exclusive winter premier collections from 15 vendors, and also free beauty services. (497-0662,

Live Nativity
Kawaiahao Church, Dec. 8-23, 7-9 p.m., free. Join Kawaiahao Church as it celebrates the Christmas season. Each day is hosted by different churches on Oahu featuring their worship team and a live nativity. (955-9335, 469-3000)

Na Keiki Hoolaulea
Waialua District Park, 9 a.m.-noon, free. The Department of Parks and Recreation holds its annual Na Keiki Hoolaulea for children ages 3-12. The event features keiki make-and-take art projects, games and entertainment. Santa also makes an appearance and families have the opportunity to take a free photo. (637-9721)

Pop Up Bookstore
Mutual Publishing, through Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec., 21. Mutual Publishing opens a pop up bookstore featuring quality local books, which celebrate Hawaii’s culture and recognizes Hawaii’s writers, photographers, artists and chefs. (732-1709,

Things Japanese Sale
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Community Gallery and Gift Shop, Nov. 2-Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., various costs. JCCH’s gift shop features a sale of great bargains on unique one-of-a-kind donated Japanese items. All shopper who spend $10 or more receive full parking validation. Proceeds support the Cultural Center’s educational programs and activities. (945-7633,

West African Dance
Da Spot on King Street, 9-11 p.m., $10, children under 12 are free. Wear your African attire. Drum and dance is an art form to raise spirits. (389-9573)

27th Annual Brunch with Santa
Japanese Cultural Center, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $30/person, children under 2 are free. Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii invites families to its 27th annual Brunch with Santa. The event includes brunch, picture-taking with Santa, a children’s fashion show, arts and crafts, activities and more. (

LEGO: Travel Adventure
Bishop Museum, runs until Jan. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Tuesdays, $8.95-$19.95. Children are invited to create vehicles capable of flying, driving and floating, or all three. (

Meet Santa Claus
Manoa Public Library, 11 a.m., free. Keiki can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Parents should bring cameras for photo ops of Santa with their keiki. Contact the library ASAP if special accommodations are needed. (988-0459)

Nothing is the Same
Tenney Theatre, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, opens Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m.; ASL performance Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m., season tickets/$60-$125, single tickets/$15-$20. Playwright Y.York explores the meaning of friendship when everyone’s world is turned upside in this story of four 11-year-olds living on Oahu when Japanese planes, on their way to Oahu, bomb their small town. Kupuna ages 73 or older may see the7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 showing for only 5 cents. (

Sing Along
Hawaii Kai Public Library, 10:30 a.m., free. “Uncle Wayne” Watkins, an early childhood educator and musician, and his band inspire children to get up, dance and move to holiday season music. Suitable for children ages 8 and younger. Contact the library ASAP if special accommodations are needed. (397-5833)

Winter Wonderland
Calvary Church of the Pacific, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities include free snow, free popcorn, free cotton candy, free Christmas keiki craft-making, free Christmas games, a free visit with Santa, and craft fair and food concessions. (

CHS Band Winter Concert
Ronald E. Bright Theatre, doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m., free admission, donations accepted. Castle High School Band holds its winter concert featuring the Castle High School Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. (,

Concerts on the Beach
Duke’s Waikiki, 4-6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-midnight, free. Kapena performs earlier in the evening. Chris Murphy Duo performs late night music. (922-2268,

Hawaii Composers Concert
Studio 909, 6:30 p.m. pre-concert discussion, 7:30 p.m. concert begins, free admission. Ebb & Flow Arts continues its 15th season with its Hawaii Composers Concert. Featured performers include Hawaii Symphony concert master Ignace Jang, and member of the music facility at UH Manoa, Jonathan Korth. Together, they perform Thomas Osborne’s “Overheated” and Donald Womack’s “Infinite Moment,” among other performances and performers. (, 876-1854)

Holiday Pops Concert
Calvary By The Sea Church, 6 p.m., $20-$25. The Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands performs its Honolulu debut concert including music by Leroy Anderson and Hannukah selections by Ilya Levinson, led by resident conductor Phillip Simmons along with special guest Howard Dicus. (

Home is a Special Kind of Feeling
Kawaiahao Church, 7 p.m., free. Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus presents its 52nd annual holiday concert featuring music from around the world celebrating the season. The chorus is made up of 145 members ages 5 to 18. (

Karol’s Karolers
Hawaii State Library, 11 a.m., free. This seasonal a cappella group, composed of members of various local church choirs, perform a Christmas concert. Contact the library ASAP if special accommodations are needed. (586-3500)

Latin Night
1718 Wilikina Dr., Wahiawa, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $5, ages 21 and older. DJs spin latin favorites. (621-1835)

Mango Season Duo
Cha Cha Salsaria, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free. (

Merriest Hawaiian Christmas
Central Union Church – Sanctuary, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. concert, donations accepted. The Honolulu Boy Choir presents its 39th annual Christmas presentation with prelude music by Flute a la Harpe, and Aileen Kawakami and Nyle Hallman. St. Louis School KRTOC Color Guard performs the flag presentation. Special guests include Jake Shimabukuro, Sounds of Aloha Chorus and Dr. Kalane Brady. (

Merriest Hawaiian Christmas
Central Union Church – Sanctuary, doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m., free admission, donations accepted. The Honolulu Boy’s Choir presents its 39th annual concert. Featuring prelude music by Aileen Kawakami and Nyle Hallman, a flag presentation by St. Louis School JROTC Color Guard, and special guests Jake Shimabukuro and Sound of Aloha Chorus. (596-7464,

Merriest Hawaiian Christmas
Central Union Church, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. concert starts, free admission. The Honolulu Boy Choir presents its 39th annual Christmas presentation. Prelude music features Flute a la Harpe, and Aileen Kawakami and Nyle Hamilton. St. Louis JROTC Color Guard participates in the flag presentation. Special guests include Jake Shimabukuro, Sounds of Aloha Chorus and Dr. Kalani Brady. (

Punahou Winter Chamber Music Recital
Dillingham Hall at Punahou School, 4 p.m., free. The concert features student string quartets – featuring works by Boccherini, Mozart, Beethoven, Arriaga, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Glazounov. (

’Tis the Season!
Windward United Church of Christ, 7-8:30 p.m., free. Windward Choral Society presents ‘Tis the Season! The 6th annual holiday concert features 110 voice and songs from around the world. Donations accepted to offset costs associated with the performance. (

’Tis the Season!
Windward United Church of Christ, 7-8:30 p.m., free. Windward Choral Society presents “‘Tis the Season!” The 6th annual holiday concert features seasonal songs and 110 voices. (

1142 Fort Street Mall “The Underground,” 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $20-$30, ages 18 and older. Welsh DJ Sasha performs. Pre-sale tickets are available. (

12 Bars of Christmas
Downtown Honolulu Chinatown (check-in at Bar 35), 7-10 p.m., $20-$25. Chinatown bars and sponsor create a pub crawl to benefit the Hawaii Children Cancer Foundation and the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. (

5 O’Clock on the Beach
Tiki’s Grill and Bar in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, 1-6 p.m., $15-$20. Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc. holds its 5 O’Clock on the BEach pre-concert tailgate event before the Jimmy Buffet Show. The event is a benefit for Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center and features a raffle, auction and entertainment. (,

The Nutcracker
Mamiya Theatre at St. Louis School, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 20, 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, 3”30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21, $25-$38. Hawaii State Ballet Junior Company presents the 27th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” (

2013 Holiday Small Original Works Show
The Gallery at Ward Center, through Dec. 26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., free. An annual holiday reception takes place Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. (597-8034,

A Lauhala Mele Kalikimaka
Hawaii State Art Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. galleries open, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. activities, free admission. Join the ladies of the Lauhala Hui for a fun day of lauhala weaving. Learn simple ways to create your own heirloom lauhala ornaments to decorate with. (

Niihau Shell Exhibit
Bishop Museum, runs until Jan. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Tuesdays, $8.95-$19.95. A private collection of approximately 50 stunning and pristine lei are featured in Niihau Ethos, and exhibit that examines the science behind Niihau Shells and its manufacturing history. (

Open Art Studio Event
810 C-1 N. Kalaheo Ave., Kailua, Dec. 14-15, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., various costs. Warren Stenberg’s open art studio event donates 50 percent of the process to the Hawaii Heart Association. Selections feature a wide choice of original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings. (

The Nutcracker
Leeward Community College Theatre, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15, 4 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, contact for cost. Hawaii Ballet Theatre presents its 33rd annual production of “The Nutcracker.” (456-8100,