Show Aloha Land

This year, drive thru Christmas events became the best way to enjoy holiday togetherness in the safest way possible. In Hawaii, we have the Show Aloha Land event at the Aloha Stadium. You purchase your tickets in advance, one ticket per vehicle.

When you enter the event, be sure to set your radio to 88.7 FM to listen for announcements. Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a bag of kettle corn to munch on while you enjoy the lights. Once your ticket is scanned, switch your radio to 88.5 FM. The event has their own Christmas music playlist you can listen to as you drive thru. They timed it perfectly to their lights.

There is a lot to look at on both sides, but don’t worry, if you miss it on your side, the lights will repeat in the next row of lights. Some of the lights with the elves were comical.

Our favorite part was the tunnel of lights. You go through a few of these and it transports you to a lovely forest of tree lights. They change colors quite frequently so you get a different look each time.

At the end of the drive, you have the opportunity to buy food. They serve a variety of meals from spicy ahi bowls to hot dogs and dippin dots. You can also stop at the big tree to take a photo with your loved ones.

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It was definitely an experience to symbolize our pandemic year. The event will continue to run until January if you’re interested in experiencing it yourself. Do you have something similar in your country or state? Let us know in the comments below. Hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Oh Christmas Tree

One of our most favorite Christmas traditions, is decorating the Christmas Tree.  The smell of a fresh Christmas Tree just reminds us of the holiday season, our favorite time of the year.  Choosing the perfect tree is a special process… but because we live in Hawaii, there aren’t very many “Christmas Tree” farms.  Most Christmas Trees get shipped to us in containers, and we head to lots to buy the “perfect” tree.

The tricky part about getting the tree is getting it on the car.  But with some help from the friendly workers, we were able to get it on the car and tie it down. 

We got the tree into the house, and oops it’s a little bit too big for the space, but the bigger the better.  We just have a little extra “Christmas Spirit” this year.  Then the fun part starts… decorating!  

One side of our tree is decorated for our love for Happy Haleiwa. It’s so cute to see Happy, Hau’oli, and Hoku joining in on the Holiday spirit!

The other side is decorated with our collection of Disney mouse ears! We miss going to the Disney parks. We hope we can visit once we are able to travel again. Tell us what’s your favorite Christmas tradition in the comments.  We would love to hear what your family does!

Haleiwa Sunsets

We took a drive to the North Shore to enjoy the sunset. It’s the start of big wave season here in Hawaii. The flat ocean summer days are over. It’s how we know we’re entering a new season. Here in Hawaii, we don’t have huge temperature drops or the changing of the leaves. We find the season changes in our ocean.

Before we got to the beach, we stopped by our favorite Acai bowl spot in Haleiwa – Haleiwa Bowls! Our personal favorite is the mana bowl – a base of frozen acai puree (like a sorbet), topped with granola, local bananas, raw coconut flakes, and local raw honey. So ono and refreshing. A perfect end to a beach day.