Parade begins at 7:00pm
Kalakaua Avenue from
Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park
- *November 27, 2009
- *November 26, 2010
Friday, November 25, 2011
**70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor*
TestimonialsNumerous Hawaiian bands participate each year Performing at the USS Battleship Missouri
Waikiki Holiday Parade
Held annually on the Friday evening following Thanksgiving Day
Gateway is the exclusive travel company for the Waikiki Holiday Parade.
We escort thousands of musicians to the islands of Hawaii each year. Because of our relationships throughout the islands, we confidently promise the best value in the industry.
If there's a more idyllic way to spend your Thanksgiving Holiday, we can't think of it. From the beautiful beaches of Waikiki to the first class accommodations, meals and island activities, this is one trip you'll want to mark on your calendar! The Waikiki Holiday Parade participation features:
- USS Arizona Memorial self-tour
- Wreath Laying on USS Arizona Memorial
- USS Battleship Missouri performance and self-tour
- Polynesian Cultural Center
- Dinner & dance mixer
- Full day of fun and traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Hawaiian Adventures Water Park
To give students a deeper understanding of a visit to Pearl Harbor, many groups enhance the educational aspect of this trip with collaborative history or social studies classes, veteran speakers, visiting a local VFW or American Legion and even “adopting” a Pearl Harbor Survivor from your state.
Day one: Arrive Honolulu
Receive a traditional lei greeting in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Our hotels are located within 1 or 2 blocks of Waikiki Beach, offering beach parks, surfing lessons, boogie boarding and catamaran cruises. Nearby International Market Place offers hundreds of kiosks filled with Hawaiian souvenirs and international cuisine.
Day two: North Shore/ Polynesian Cultural Center
Today's journey brings you to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and the North Shore's famous Sunset Beach. The Polynesian Cultural Center invites you to discover the seven Polynesian villages, with each island culture portrayed through performances, demonstrations and native artifacts.
Day three: Pearl Harbor
Tribute Performance on the USS Battleship Missouri pier.Your performance at the USS Missouri Battleship will be a highlight of your week on Oahu. A tribute to our nation’s history and heroes, musically and historically, it is the culmination of all that students prepare and learn for this trip. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial where 1,177 men lie entombed in the sunken battleship. Cross over to Ford Island to walk through the USS Battleship Missouri, the world's oldest operational battleship.
Day four: Thanksgiving Day
Today the groups participating in the Waikiki Holiday Parade are invited to spend the day at the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. There will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal served.
Day five: Parade Event
Waikiki Holiday Parade this evening - Tiki torches and storefronts light up Kalakaua Avenue along the shores of Waikiki Beach. Each year thousands of tourists and local residents line the route to be a part of this event.
Day six: Diamond Head
Rise and shine for a morning hike to the top of Diamond Head, an extinct volcano. The view from the pinnacle is spectacular!
Day Seven: Departure
About the island of Oahu
Waikiki is a renowned beach and resort district on Oahu Island, Hawaii, and located in southeast Honolulu. Oahu is known for its world-class surfing conditions. The island is 44 miles long, 30 miles wide, and is the third-largest in the Hawaiian island chain.
Beyond its wondrous landscape and beaches, Oahu is also home to the only royal palace in the United States (Iolani Palace), as well as some of the oldest plant forms on Earth (Foster Botanical Garden). The most notable tourist hub on Oahu is, of course, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Other great activities for your group are Waikiki Beach, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Diamond Head crater, Bishop Museum, North Shore surfing beaches and much more.
In addition to the Waikiki Holiday Parade, Gateway offers groups access to many other terrific Hawaiian destinations, including events on the Big Island, Kauai, and our popular Honolulu Music Festivals.