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Enjoy a memorable and festive Honolulu city Holiday Lights Tour – meet Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele

holiday lights trolley


You know a Hawaiian tour is going to be good if it is as popular with local residents as it is with visitors to these wonderful islands. That is very much the case with the Waikiki Trolley Holiday Lights Tour, which is a key attraction during the Christmas festivities, running daily from December 4 until December 25.


What’s so special about the Honolulu City Lights Tour?

It’s difficult for anything not to be special when it comes to Christmas festivities, but Hawaiians know how to put on a show – they have been doing it for centuries, so they’ve pretty much got the hang of it! With this particular tour, which lasts just under two hours, you are transported by the world-renowned Waikiki Trolley from Victoria Ward Park in Honolulu to Honolulu Hale in downtown Honolulu where you get to spend an hour wandering round, taking in all the sights, including the wonderful lights and eye-catching 50-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy a singalong and listening to stories from Hawaii’s past at this time of year, while also enjoying a hot chocolate. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for some retail therapy, with a wonderful array of ideas for presents that encapsulate all that is good about Hawaii at this time of year.


shaka santa and tutu meleYou will never miss Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele!

Now, one of the highlights of the Holiday Lights Trolley Tour in Honolulu is when you get to meet Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele up close and personal. You can’t really miss them though as they each weigh approximately two tons and stand, or rather sit at a height of 21 feet! Since their original design in the 1980s which was of a traditional Santa and Mrs Claus, they have both been ‘Hawaiianized’ and are very much more a reflection of the influence of Polynesian culture intertwined with traditional Christmas themes.


WARNING! This video contains adult content and is not suitable for young children…

Don’t panic, there is nothing of an improper nature contained in the following video – far from it in fact. However, it provides a fascinating insight into the history of Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele, who have become synonymous with Christmas in Honolulu, and young children watching it may form the totally misguided impression that Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele are not actually real people! The last thing we want to do here at Lea Lea is ruin Christmas for anyone, no matter how old or young…



If you are planning to come to any of Hawaii’s beautiful islands, at Lea Lea Tours we are always keen to ‘cherry pick’ the very best of tours available. We strongly recommend you book your tickets as soon as possible for the Holiday Lights Tour as it is remarkably popular, and you will soon discover why and if you would like to find out more about any of our other recommended tours as well, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.