December 9

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Wednesday December 9
Explore Scholarship Opportunities
Kapolei Learning Center, 949 Kamokila Blvd., Suite 101, 5-6 p.m., free. University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus teaches attendees how to research scholarship opportunities and develop strategies. Pre-registration required. (, 674-5689)

Natural Material Christmas Centerpiece
Wahiawa Botanical Garden, Dec. 9 and 16, 11 a.m.-noon, $5. Create Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer using dried materials. Pre-registration required. (522-7066)

Speaking of Health: Is It My Thyroid?
The Queen’s Medical Center, Queen’s Conference Center, 5:30-7 p.m., free. Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease. Learn more about it and the different thyroid conditions that can impact your health, such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, goiter and thyroid cancer from Dr. Shane Morita. Pre-registration required. (691-7117,

Honolulu City Lights
Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St., Dec. 6-31, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., free. Enjoy the traditional decorations and lights around downtown Honolulu for the holidays. (

Ward Village Ice Rink
Ward Village Information Center, Nov. 27-Jan. 10, Fridays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays from 4-9 p.m., $15/90 minutes. Go ice skating at Ward Village in the open air. (

Waianae Public Library, 3 p.m., free. DIY gift and ornament crafting will be followed by “Carol-oke” at 6:30 p.m. with live music. (697-7868)

Dear Santa Letter Writing Station
Windward Mall, Sports Authority wing, Nov. 14-Dec. 20, mall hours, free. Write Santa a letter. Bring your own postage. (235-1143)

Pearlridge Express Holiday Locomotive
Pearlridge Center, Uptown Center Court, Nov. 20-Jan. 10, Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $3.50/ride, $29/10 rides. Ride Hawaii’s only scale-model, fully functioning train around the mall. (203-2366,

Photos with Santa
Ala Moana Center, Nov. 21-Dec. 23, check website for times and cost. Take a picture with Santa just in time for the holidays. (

Photos with Santa
Kahala Mall, Nov. 27-Dec. 24, check website for times, $20. Take photos with Santa at Santa’s Candyland. (

Photos with Santa
Pearlridge Center, Downtown, Nov. 27-Dec. 24, see website for times, $25. Take photos with Santa and tell him what’s on your wish lists. (, 203-2366)

Storytime with Meadow Gold Dairies’ Lani Moo and Calci
Kaneohe Public Library, 11:30 a.m., free. Lani Moo and Calci read stories about farm animals and healthy eating, with a meet-and-greet to follow. (233-5676)

Toys Works Santa Photo Set
Windward Mall, Center Court, Nov. 14-Dec. 24, Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $25. Take a photo with Santa and his elves. (

Christmas Cruise with Atlantis Cruise
Departs from Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Dec. 6-25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $104-$159/adults, $56-$98/keiki. Share a special holiday evening aboard Atlantis Cruises with Santa and a delicious dinner of prime rib, roast pork and more. Plus, enjoy live entertainment and more. (973-1311,

Bossa Nova Nights
Nico’s Pier 38, 1129 N. Nimitz Hwy., 6-8 p.m., free. Legendary guitarists Mike Barquez and Nando Suan form Jazz Monsters playing a range of instrumental jazz, Bossa Nova, and Hawaiian. (540-1377)

Music Showcase: Ukulele, Guitar
Paliku Theatre, 7 p.m., free. Windward Community College students perform on ukulele and slack-key guitar, with special guest Natalie Ai Kamau‘u. (

One Love Notes
Ala Moana Center, Center Stage, 7 p.m., free. (955-9517)

UH West Oahu Band
Windward Mall, Center Court, 6-6:45 p.m., free. (235-1143)

PREL Blessing and Benefit
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning Headquarters, 1136 Union Mall, Suite PH 1-A, 5:30-8:30 p.m., email for cost. PREL celebrates the blessing of its new headquarters and introduces the community to its unique services with light refreshments, entertainment and a silent auction. (

Gallery on the Pali, 2500 Pali Hwy., Dec. 6-Jan. 7, Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays from 2-6 p.m., free. Suzanne Barnes, Cynthia Schubert, Wendy Roberts and Dawn Yoshimura collaborate on an art exhibit with individual answers to the same questions. Reception is Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. (595-4047)

Jonathan Holshue
Waikiki Parc Hotel, Parc Promenade Gallery, Oct. 1-Jan. 8, free. Recent UH graduate Jonathan Holshue displays his glass sculptures. Reception is Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m., featuring a performance from Aaron Cardenas. (956-8364,

Laser Holidays
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 7 p.m., $3-$10 plus museum admission. Enjoy a vivid laser show set to Christmas classics. (

Laser Light Shows at Bishop Museum Planetarium
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., Oct. 3-Jan. 5, check website for schedule, $10-$3. Enjoy unique laser light shows in a domed theater, including “Fright Light,” “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” and more. (, 847-3511)

‘Matchbox Plus XI’
Second Floor at Cedar Street Galleries, 817 Cedar St., Nov. 20-Jan. 3, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. This miniature art show features dozens of local artists. (

Na Leo Nahenahe ‘O Pu‘uloa
Ala Moana Center, Center Stage, 5 p.m., free. (955-9517)

Parsi: Silk & Muslin from Iran, India and China
UH-Manoa’s East-West Center Gallery, John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Oct. 11-Jan. 24, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays from noon-4 p.m., free. View Parsi textiles, highlighting aspects of the long and varied development of the South Asian community. (944-7177,

Spirit of Giving
Honolulu Country Club Gallery, 1690 Ala Puumalu St., Nov. 23-Jan. 9, business hours, free. Features photography, oil, watercolor, acrylic and multimedia paintings from local artists in the Association of Hawaii Artists. (286-5675)

‘Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers and Corruption in the Aloha State’
UH-Manoa’s Hamilton Library, Room 301, 4 p.m., free. Attend a book talk and signing by James Dooley for his “Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers and Corruption in the Aloha State.” (

‘The Who’s Tommy’
Manoa Valley Theatre, Nov. 12-Dec. 13, Wednesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., $39-$20. Enjoy the explosive rock-n-roll musical, “The Who’s Tommy,” based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album. (

Toyota Hawaii’s 2015 Dream Car Art Contest Finalists
Kahala Mall, Nov. 23-Jan. 4, Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Toyota Hawaii displays the art of local finalists in its 2015 Dream Car Art Contest. (

World of Wearable Art
Bishop Museum, Oct. 3-Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $19.95. The museum spotlights 32 award-winning garments from the international World of Wearable Art competition, with interactive installments. (, 847-3511)