We are smack dab in the middle of the Holiday season here in Hawaii. While the city and county of Honolulu has a number of great lighting displays, there are also residents throughout Oahu that go all out on their homes when it comes to Christmas lights and Christmas decorations. Not to be outdone by the mainland, the people of Hawaii put together some of the best lighting displays you will see anywhere in the nation, and they do it year-in and year-out.
What neighborhood are you in? Below is a list of all the best private lighting and holiday displays on the island. There are a couple of great ways to use the guide. You can search your area only for holiday light displays, or you can map out a course to see all the ones that interest you.
*This guide is updated yearly so these light display listings are all up-to-date. Merry Christmas! Please email us with any new listings we might be missing. Also, if a listing is posted below, then we assume it is still going on as noted until told otherwise.
98-1616 Hoolauae St.: The Matias family proudly shows off a collection of holiday figures collected over nearly 40 years, including a Nativity scene, Santa, airbrushed cutouts of popular children’s characters from “Sesame Street,” as well as Barney, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and more. At least eight other homes on the street are also lit up with decorations.
*The Hoolauae St. house took a break in 2017, we need to double-check if they are back up and running. If anyone has that info, please email us.
98-1603 Kaahumanu St.: Decorating their house each year for more than 30 years, the Benozas build upon their tradition with new additions of a carousel, balloons, and more, including a mechanical Santa and Mrs. Claus, trains, reindeer, and candy canes.
99-149 Kulina St.: The Andres family proudly presents Aiea’s own version of the new Aulani Resort through a Disney-themed display filled with Mickey Mouse and Friends. Also featured are Hello Kitty, dinosaurs, and Juicy Couture trees on a street where neighboring homes also get into the spirit of decorating.
575 to 595 Hahaione St.: Welcome to an enchanting Candy Cane Lane, a joint effort of the board and residents of Mariners Village 2. The entrance begins at 575 Hahaione St. Follow the fun-filled path of twinkling lights in the hedges, and on the way, you’ll meet Santa, his reindeer, a snowman, a penguin, and others.
1080 Kaumoku St. (Mariner’s Ridge): Jeff Jersets and his spirited neighbors spread holiday cheer on this magical street. Jersets’ “larger-than-life” display consists of a 4-foot-tall star perched on the rooftop and several 6-foot candles and 8-foot nutcrackers that will be lit from about 6 p.m. until midnight through mid-January.
91-6523 Kapolei Parkway: It’s showtime at the Watanabe home. Tune in to radio station 106.5 FM for a synchronized “Christmas Light Show” consisting of 38,000 lights, a 20-foot “mega” Christmas tree with a 3-D star, snow-falling lights, a snow machine, and an inflatable snow globe, along with a projection of Santa waving in the window. Hours are from 5:30 to 9:30 pm daily through Dec. 26 and sometimes they do it past the 26th. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
*Please note: Da Ohana Christmas Light Show above on Kaplolei Parkway was dark in 2018. They are supposed to be back so let us know if they are.
91-1075 Kaunolu St: Check out the Bautistas’ eco-friendly display consisting of a Ferris wheel, a swing, and moving characters from Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, and others, all created primarily from recycled materials such as plastic and Styrofoam.
91-1130 Hoiliili Place: Tons of great Christmas displays and lights going on. Check them out as part of your ride!
*Hoiliili Place was dark in 2018. Let us know if it is still dark.
91-214 Kamaehu Way: Check out the synchronized light show at this residence. It’s over 1 hour long and it’s amazing!! It goes from 5:30 – 10 pm every evening and runs through December 26th.
Pukanala Street in Ewa Gentry: A comment from “Hale Ohana” let us know that the entire street does light and Christmas decoration displays so check it out. Here is what they said:
Wow, almost the whole street is decked out in all kinds of holiday decorations!
91-887 Puhikani Street: They have a video mapping display that covers the front of the house and combines different media techniques to produce a spectacular show of Frozen, Mickey Mouse, and more. It’s not your usual light show and is a must-see. The show is about 20 minutes long and plays on a loop. Showtimes will start Dec 15th – Dec 25th, 6:30 pm – 9 pm. So the last day will still be Christmas but they usually keep it running longer if people are there watching and there is talk about extending the time as well. Enjoy!
Ewa By Gentry Kamaehu Way: Xtreme Christmas Lighting. Should be up the day after Thanksgiving. Operates 5:30pm – 10:30pm daily.
1194 Kaiama Pl in Hawaii Kai: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30. Check it out, some previews on social media. Search HBVA, Hawaii Beach Volleyball Association for previews and more info.
2331 Booth Road (Pauoa): The Ing family display pays tribute to Iraq war heroes and features Santa, Disney, and other popular children’s characters, and Waldo of “Where’s Waldo?” fame. Money collected in the wishing well will be donated to charity.
* Sadly, Mr. Noble Ing passed away. We aren’t sure if someone will continue on with the tradition so let us know. Until then we will keep it in the listing.
1722 Citron Street: These people always decorate for Christmas. According to what we have been told they put a lot of heart and effort into their decorations each year and really try to make it nice for everyone in the neighborhood and the surrounding areas.
1036 Hala Drive (Alewa Heights): Check out the unique chili pepper lights strung on papaya and pine trees, as well as moving reindeer, a snowman, icicles “dripping” from the roof, and the decked-out purple porch. The home is located across from the Maluhia nursing facility.
723 Hauoli St. (McCully): Visit the home of the Vares ohana as they help count down the days until Christmas through a special countdown display, as well as a Ferris wheel, gingerbread houses, a rocking horse with a paniolo, a ballerina bear, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, singing snowmen, a Nativity scene and more.
2020 Hillcrest St. (Alewa Heights): The Bisho family continues its tradition by lighting up the yard and house. New this year are reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh, Santa on a train, and more lighted sculptures.
2306 Kuahea St. (Palolo): View an impressive display filled with classic blow molds of holiday favorites including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, nutcrackers, toy soldiers, a Nativity scene, and more, courtesy of the Chivers family.
2672 Lowrey Ave. (Manoa): The Allens continue to light up the neighborhood after 31 years with an impressive display of more than 50 characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, several Santas, two Nativity scenes, and more. Snoopy joins the mix this year to help spread the word about donating blood during this holiday season. Hours are 6 to 9 nightly.
1553 Miller St. (Punchbowl): Check out the display put on by Lindy Franca and family featuring several Santas, snowmen, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Garfield, a Nativity scene, a 5-foot wreath, and more. In all, there are more than 60 lighted decorations.
1248 Wilhelmina Rise (Kaimuki): Happy holidays from the Akau, Kauffman, and Andrade families, who spread cheer each year through their festive spread, which showcases inflatables of Frosty and Santa along with Disney characters, reindeer, candy canes and stocking cutouts, a Nativity scene, lights and a special heart in honor of the late Mr. Akau. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.
1431 Akuleana Place: Kailua (Enchanted Lake) This house has been doing lights and decoration for years! They have lots of decorations and buy new things yearly to add to the overall display. The lights go on nightly at 6:30 pm and are usually turned off at around 10:30 pm.
1170 Akumu St.: Mike and PeeCee Brede deck out their home and yard with more than 10,000 colorful lights synchronized to Christmas music, and numerous inflatables (except on windy nights), ornaments, surprises, and a few new things. Hours are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.
607 Keolu Drive: This house is always decorated beautifully with Christmas lights. The display includes a 7-foot tall dancing Santa and a detailed Manger Scene. Santa and his reindeer can also be found on the roof. The house gets a lot of attention. So much so that we have confirmed reports of it stopping traffic yearly. Definitely one to checkout.
255 Kuupua St.: “It’s a Small World” after all, at least at the Shire residence, where you will find a lighted display of children from around the world, united together to spread their message of peace on Earth. They are surrounded by “an array of light delights” including lollipops, candy canes, palm trees, and Snoopy the Christmas Beagle.
409 Kaimake Loop: They have been doing Christmas Light displays for over 15 years now and they are very popular on the Windward side of Oahu. Go check the displays out.
45-229 Nakuluai St.: The Vause family offers handcrafted wooden characters from “Harry Potter,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Happy Feet,” Dora, Disney, Pixar, and Precious Moments, surrounded by lights and lots of Christmas cheer.
45-365 Namoku St.: Lois and Kimo Lake once again treat the public to a festive display of lights, a Santa on the rooftop, 8-foot-tall tin soldiers, a snowman, Snoopy on a boat, and a 9-foot bear on a choo-choo train. New this year are a waterfall, large bells on the garage, bling-bling candy canes, and a Bud Light tree. Their street, behind Castle High School, is lit up by other homes as well.
46-201 Ohala St.: The Rodrigues home is literally surrounded by Christmas cheer with 20 window-style light displays, 40 blow-mold figures such as Disney characters, Snoopy, toy soldiers, Taz and others, candy canes, angels, Santa’s sleigh, a gingerbread man, a Nativity scene and more at the front of the house, with assorted Snoopy light-ups and inflatables, and Santa on an airplane, on the side. Hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. weeknights and until 9:30 p.m. weekends.
45-623 Hinemoe Loop: We have been told that this house is literally a winter wonderland! The owner, Chad Carter, has decorated the house and yard with fake snow and tons of lights. There is also a keiki play zone complete with a mailbox to Santa and fake snowballs for the kids to play with. If this isn’t enough, they also have cookies and candy canes for the kids as well. This house has become a pretty popular destination and because of this amazing light display, almost all the other houses on this street are decorated as well. It’s very very beautiful and all are welcome to come and play, eat cookies candy canes, and listen to the nightly Christmas music.
87-147 Maliona St.: Visit a Christmas fantasy land at the Apela home, where you’ll find lots of inflatables including Mickey on a merry-go-round and a moving Santa on a bumper car, as well as a train track, penguin, reindeer, snowman, Grinch, manger and a few surprises.
92-1346 Kikaha Street: Drop by the Kailiuli Annual Christmas Light Spectacular. They have 13 songs synchronized to the lights and they are located in upper Makakilo at 92-1346 Kikaha Street Kapolei, HI 96707. The show runs nightly from 6:30 pm-10:30 pm through January 5th.
92-520 Waokele Street: A must-see. The owner, Kevin, has the best Christmas spirit ever. They pass out candy canes (the BIG ones) and give you a story tour of the decorations in their yard. He is festively dressed every time with a huge smile of aloha. ~Submitted by Kimberly O.
Mahinahou Street: Right off of Meheula there are 3 culdesacs that are fully decorated. Go check it out and enjoy!
95-679 Lauawa St: Across Zippys/Petsmart. A unique setup with a waterfall going with penguins sliding down.
98-1297 Hoohuali Place: Through their display, “Keiki Wonderland 2011: A Warm Mele Kalikimaka for Mickey and Minnie Mouse,” Francis and Estrella Aki — who have decorated their home during Christmas for more than 30 years — show their aloha for the Aulani Resort’s newest residents, 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through New Year’s Day. Other “visitors” include Lilo and Stitch, Little Mermaid and Flounder, Dora and Boots, Thomas the Tank Engine Train, and the Kalikimaka Hawaiian Orchestra Menehune Band.
Schofield Barracks right across from the PX on Gustin Street is a 25,000 light display that dances to 15 songs different songs. Check out a demo of it in the video below.
94-226 Anapau Place: The Yoshida family’s “full-blown computerized light show” is quite impressive, but not because it comprises orchestrated lights that “dance” to holiday tunes or features a Christmas tree and star that change color and display text and graphics. It’s because the entire display is fully powered by solar photovoltaic panels that power the show all night. Hours are 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm nightly to help ease the traffic from starting up too early. Also, for safety reasons, Anapau Place is closed from 6:45 – 9:45 and open to pedestrian foot traffic thru 12/30.
As a side note, Anapau Place as a whole was featured on “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and competed with two other streets in America. This street is recognized almost yearly as having some of the best light displays around.
Hopoe Place: Stroll through a fantasy winter wonderland on this magical street with nearly 30 decorated homes. Expect a lot of car traffic and pedestrians, and maybe even a tour bus or two.
94-313 Kiokio Place: Through their annual tradition of decorating, the Domingos enjoy bringing the spirit of Christmas into their neighborhood. This year they’ve added Dr. Seuss to the mix to go along with popular characters from Disney and Looney Tunes, Hello Kitty, Shrek, Smurfs, Power Rangers, and others dating back 20 years.
As we do every year we try to update this list of Christmas Light Displays in Hawaii yearly and on the fly. If we are missing a listing or need to perform a fix or update that we don’t know about feel free to contact us or simply drop us a comment below. Mahalo for visiting the page and we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
94-450 Lianu Place: There is a fantastic display in Waipahu that is put together by Bradley and Sheryl Ann Yamaguchi. Go out there to see it and view other houses around the area.