Man, you guys are gonna be churnin' & burnin'!
You can download "This Week Oahu"
pamphlets as they're published, including December activity calendars in the current issues:
(WARNING: If it snows in your neighborhood, and you're not planning a Hawaii vacation in the next few months, then DO NOT click on the below links. If you insist on downloading these documents then don't blame me for your plunging winter morale.)
This Week Oahu
This Week Maui
"This Week" magazines have plenty deals & coupons. When you get to the airport you'll see stacks of them around the baggage claim area along with other advertising. The visitor industry is on the ropes so don't hesitate to ask for a discount on everything. If you can pronounce "kama'aina" then you can ask what the kama'aina discount is, confess that you're a visitor, and ask if you can have the discount anyway.
It's best to avoid being on Oahu roads during rush hours-- 6-8 AM and 4-6 PM. Plan your departures/dining around those times.
Honolulu City Lights ceremony will be on the 6th, so you'll be able to ogle the Christmas decorations around Honolulu Hale. Santa may also be surfing or canoeing into the beach several times this month as part of his pre-deployment stand-down.
Stay well clear of Pearl Harbor on December 7th. It's the 67th anniversary and the crowds/security will not be worth the delays.
Professional surfing contests are being held on both Oahu & Maui all month long; check the surf forecasts when you arrive. The day's events depend on the weather and the quality of the waves. If you want a quieter North Shore beach then I'd recommend watching the surfers, kitesurfers, gliders, and parachutists on the North Shore from Mokuleia Beach or Army Beach. They're out past Waialua toward Kaena Point. If you're surfing North Shore then I'd suggest Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, Mokuleia, or Army… but everyplace North Shore is crowded this time of year and the surf can easily exceed 15 feet. Too big for me and not for occasional surfer dudes. Or you could go east of Waikiki to Makapu'u Point (whale watching) or Hanauma Bay (snorkeling, but closed on Tuesday). The water's cold by Hawaii standards but the scenery is stunning.
The Diamond Head trail should be open again; I haven't heard of any problems with the recent maintenance. (Diamond Head State Monument to close for maintenance - Pacific Business News (Honolulu):
) H-3 is a nice drive back & forth across the Ko'olau and the Pali Lookout has stunning views (ask the hotel to loan you a jacket or an umbrella).
As soon as you get to the USS ARIZONA Memorial, grab a ticket at the entrance. Once you know your time you can decide whether you want to hang around that museum or go over to the USS BOWFIN Submarine Museum. If you enjoy military history, the USS MISSOURI Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum are also both most excellent places to spend an afternoon. BTW the entire ARIZONA Memorial's museum is being rebuilt because the old one is sinking into the landfill.
If you decide to try a dinner cruise then I'd spend the extra money on the NAVATEK. It's a rock-solid steady SWATH ship, able to cruise at a higher speed, and less affected by weather. Well worth the extra cost.
If you're interested in a luau you may want to arrange your PCC visit to include their dinner/show. Many of the performers are native Pacific Islanders attending BYU Laie on work/study scholarship and demonstrating their culture at PCC.
The Honolulu Marathon is on the 14th, so IMO you picked a good week to be on Maui! (Honolulu Marathon 2008 | Powered by EventsOnline.ca
) Hopefully you won't have to head home through Honolulu airport that day, or at least steer clear of their security checkpoints.
Personally this time of year I'd skip the SuperFerry-- three hours in open-ocean winter seas and not a fun trip. I'm not a big fan of the road to Hana and I wouldn't feel obligated to drive the entire distance.
I like the Oceanarium at Ma'alaea, and the harbor there has plenty of whalewatching/sailing/snorkeling charters. But Lahaina is also good. Just keep an eye on the weather reports.
Have you read Trombone Al's Waikiki threads?
Waikiki Trip Report/Tips
If you're surfing just once or twice then the Waikiki beach surfboard rentals are cheaper (especially the one in front of Duke's statue). If you're surfing every morning/evening then you may want to contact Hawaii Surfboard Rentals (HAWAII SURFBOARD RENTALS.com: Surfing equipment rental on Oahu, Hawaii-Waikiki, Honolulu
) or I can loan you a 9'0"-- although that's kinda short for small south shore winter surf. PM me if you want a surfing lesson but frankly I'm not sure you have enough time left over!
ClifP, what am I missing here?
I don't know if JB reads the board very often, so you may want to PM him about other Maui events.