Christmas Lights in Kapolei

December 20th, 2010
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So da oddah week, wifey and I went to a first birthday party at the Kapolei Rec Center (Happy Birthday Tori!)... On the way home, we noticed some bright lights shining up a storm across the street. Curious, we went to go check um out, and...

HOOOOOOOOOO! (HO HO!)

Good thing we did! Buggah was NUTS!

Apparently this (normally) unassuming cul-de-sac on Hanapaa Street gets into the holiday spirit like no other, every single year. And it's not just one house... several of the houses go all out to provide some nice "Honolulu City Lights" action, only, it's in Kapolei. Below are some shots from that night to help get you in the mood for Christmas this week...

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
A family signing the guestbook

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Yup! That's a Heineken Christmas tree! *drool*

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The guestbook with signatures from locals as well as visitors from around the world!

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The garage

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The path separating one house from the other

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Side view

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Neighbor's driveway

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Neighbor's yard

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Bench for photo opps

They even have the Heineken tree lighting up in tune with the Christmas music playing in the background. Check out the short video below.



Christmas Lights in Kapolei video

I spoke with the owner of one of the houses and she said that they've been doing it for many years... Since their kids were small kid time, and they are all young adults now. With no tip jar in sight, they leave benches and hot chocolate out for anyone and everyone to enjoy... for free! When I asked how much their electric bill was for the month, she said, "About $1,100, but it's ok, we prepare for this all year..."

Wow, talk about sharing the Aloha. Mahaloz Hanapaa Street residents... Mahalo!

Go check them out, go check um, go! Fun stuffs!

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, this will probably be my last blog until the new year. If I don't see or talk to you guys until then, have a safe and happy holiday season k? See you next year! ;)

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Tokkuri-Tei, my favorite restaurant in all the land, is moving this week! They are going from their existing 611 Kapahulu location, right down the road to the old Sam Choy's and Ranch House location (above Hee Hing): 449 Kapahulu. They are planning to re-open on Sunday the 26th Monday the 27th! Please go and support them k? :)

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31 Responses to “Christmas Lights in Kapolei”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Yeah, it's really bright and terrific up there . . . oddly enough, I only see the lightshow in pictures and I've never actually driven 'round there a lot. I think I hate on 2nd city, noooo, heh, OK, OK, I'll take a drive up there . . . soon.

    Thank you for sharing these pics ed. I'm especially surprised this year at the Christmas spirit efforts. Hope it continues know that the economy is, supposedly, getting back together again.

    Hooo, that weather yesterday. I was actually AT Ala Moana (cue my song [http://worldwideed.honadvblogs.com/2010/12/08/complaints-during-this-holiday-season-guest-blog-by-chicken-grease/], "I'm dreaming of an empty . . ."; yeah, more like I'm dreaming of a shameless plug. ;)) and I SAW that lower level parking lot pond. Nutty, near unbelievable, like you almost woulda' fell in it (I saw the pond from B&N). Good thing I got to the mall AFTER the apparent power outage.

    Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday. I is [!] :).

    Oh, and I am . . . today . . . kyoo wa . . . first.


  2. Rosette:

    well across our house we battle to put the most annoying BRIGHT LIGHTS.....I almost go crazy looking across our neightbor....! so next year I get me TRAIN HEAD LIGHT glaring towards them...lol..omg! yes of all the light they stick ugly crap..!


  3. Rosette:

    so what is my points for putting up the most annoying light next year ....

    no style at all across us....CRAP ALL I SEE.... !


  4. Rosette:

    my husbnad says to me to calm down...!

    ..I open our window OH HOLY CRAP S..H.it OF LIGHT I see!


  5. Rosette:

    I dare you swtich one beer with another brand!


  6. NeedaHobby:

    A Heineken tree! I wonder if anyone does a dance next to it? *thinking of the commercial where the guys are dancing in the walk-in refrig* BTW, missed that commercial; liked it a lot better than the one they have now with the guy/gal at the wedding.

    I wonder how long it took them to collect all those bottles? I wonder how many are there?


  7. NeedaHobby:

    @Ed and @WWE ohana - have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year! Take care everyone! :)


  8. Rosette:

    yes I put that empty beer someone will return the bottle for cash! funny!


  9. Rosette:

    imgaine they leave a note thank you for your beer botttles now I can buy turkey dinner!


  10. rayboyjr:

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Ho Ho Ho Everyone!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    ... hey Ed ... luv the Christmas spirit!!! ... those homes are great ... I wish I could do that kind of thing someday ... gotta get a house first *sigh* ... but props to all those who brighten up the neighborhoods this time of year ...

    ... what I'd really like to do ... is give a big THANK YOU to you Ed ... for having this great blog ... taking the time to entertain us ... putting up with our weirdness sometimes ... and for allowance to express ourselves in our own way ... and even allowing a few of us to write this darn thing!!! ... maybee one day I'll get off my butt and do it ... :roll:

    ... and to all of you other regular posters, readers, and lurkers ... it's always nice to come here ... read comments ... interact a little ... have fun ... goof off ... and be silly ... and I know, I know ... most of us all are probably doing this at work ... but that's all good right ... it's during your break or lunch time right?!! ... of course!!! ... anyway, thanks for making it fun ...

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    ... Have a Merry Christmas ... and one helluva Happy New Year!!! ...

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


  11. snow:

    happy holidays WWEers!

    wow, those people in kapolei sure have the christmas spirit! their displays are so festive! must be a lot of work! i'll have to take a ride out to kapolei to see the lights!


  12. zzzzing:

    Merry CHristmas & Happy New Year to all!

    Hehe, Rosette's annoying as all get out but Merry Christmas anyways :-P


  13. M:

    Hozit Ed!

    HAPPY HOLIDAZE!


  14. Rosette:

    Yes Ed you wanna see the light across our house bring your sunglasses or you go blind...so bright....!


  15. Rosette:

    have you seen those 3 d glasses that when you wear it the light are shape like snowman etc etc....


  16. Rosette:

    no wonder I go look into new design the new houses they don't have front to look out..they design the family room at the back ...one guy said he hates looking at the front.. I was going to say to him he should look out my window during Christmas I crack up!


  17. Rosette:

    @ rayboyjr make when you buy a house check the people across or you be stuck staring at crappy light


  18. Rosette:

    I have a fire pit and I stuck lights inside it to make it look like fire..look neat!


  19. Rosette:

    oh wow expensive $1,100 for lights...I guess if I live in tropical place I invest in solar ligths..buy slowly so I save money...


  20. Rosette:

    yes imagine I be like odd person full of solar lights!


  21. Rosette:

    inside our house I combine battery operated and solar ligths for Christmas decor... then on sunny day I put the solar decor on my bed so it get sun voila cheap...


  22. che:

    Ed nice pictures. Your early Christmas preasent was Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies.


  23. Rosette:

    OH ED wow Abu Dhabi hotel displays world's most expensive Christmas tree‎ !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrsEn9lDqaQ&feature=youtube_gdata

    Well they can borrow my battery operated tree with dollar store necklace to go with that!


  24. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.Chicken Grease:
    Oh, and I am . . . today . . . kyoo wa . . . first.

    Slow last few days... I think everybody stay gone already. :P

    * 3.Rosette:
    so what is my points for putting up the most annoying light next year ....

    Pics? 8)

    * 6.NeedaHobby:
    I wonder how long it took them to collect all those bottles? I wonder how many are there?

    I was wondering the same thing. It's pretty dang big!

    * 7.NeedaHobby:
    @Ed and @WWE ohana - have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year! Take care everyone!

    Much love Hobbz! You too!

    * 8.Rosette:
    yes I put that empty beer someone will return the bottle for cash! funny!

    imgaine they leave a note thank you for your beer botttles now I can buy turkey dinner!

    LOL! That would suck!

    * 10.rayboyjr:
    ... what I'd really like to do ... is give a big THANK YOU to you Ed ... for having this great blog ... taking the time to entertain us ... putting up with our weirdness sometimes ... and for allowance to express ourselves in our own way ... and even allowing a few of us to write this darn thing!!! ... maybee one day I'll get off my butt and do it ...

    Yeah, I wanna see one from you one of these days! That one would make me crack up I tink so!

    * 11.snow:
    wow, those people in kapolei sure have the christmas spirit! their displays are so festive! must be a lot of work! i'll have to take a ride out to kapolei to see the lights!

    Yup yup, it's worth it. Super nice! Have fun Informer!

    * 12.zzzzing:
    Merry CHristmas & Happy New Year to all!

    Hehe, Rosette's annoying as all get out but Merry Christmas anyways

    LOL! Same to you zizzle!

    * 13.M:
    HAPPY HOLIDAZE!

    You too emmz! :)

    * 14.Rosette:
    Yes Ed you wanna see the light across our house bring your sunglasses or you go blind...so bright....!

    Where's dat? :P

    * 22.che:
    Ed nice pictures. Your early Christmas preasent was Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies.

    AMEN!!!

    * 23.Rosette:
    OH ED wow Abu Dhabi hotel displays world's most expensive Christmas tree‎ !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrsEn9lDqaQ&feature=youtube_gdata

    Nahtz!


  25. Kage:

    Merry Christmas everyone.
    Have a great and Happy New Year too.

    That Heineken tree is awesome. My goal for next year is to make a bigger tree than his one. I going get started now.... :) nah.


  26. kuya.d:

    Were those fresh/unopened greenies?


  27. Rosette:

    I am still plotting how to buy the most annoying bright light..just my luck next year they will change the product..of all the color of light the people across has to put supper bright...so bright I almost go crazy... they are testing my patience!

    so picture me screaming at my husband hurry up go fetch me the freaking bright light this is war! ...

    or I be like guy full of beer bottles then my mom will haul me for drunken mom ...she will say HOW DID she drink all that beer..imagine she call the AA on me!!


  28. Rosette:

    Ed I got lots of coke can hey I be doing the coke can pyramid tree ...!


  29. Rosette:

    hey this war lights with the people across is crazy funny ... right now I only have the blurry blue on....NEXT I am still plotting .....! gosh imagine with the beer my mom would really put me away.....! I am not putting any color lights...JUST BLUE..oh crap when the blue light is on my stupid husband finally agreed it is dark gloomy lol...so much for that now he agree..he used to say blue was great NOW THE STUPID AGREE...well next year COKE CANS cover up my window so I don't have to look across..lol....!


  30. Rosette:

    Too bad Ed I don't have big huge diamond dangle on top of the tree to shine across the neighbor...like the guy in Abu Dhabi hotel !


  31. Rosette:

    yes big huge diamond shape likE a tree SPARKLE... !