Holidays at the Orchid
Fairmont Orchid transforms into a tropical wonderland every holiday season.
We invite our guests to ditch the snow boots for flip flops and stroll through our sprawling palm tree courtyard, strung with thousands of glittering festive lights framed by our white sand beach and lush tropical landscape. Build a gingerbread hale (hut) with your kids. Make your own petroglyph (lava etchings) with our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors. Indulge in special holiday feasts with your ‘ohana (family) as you celebrate another season of being together…in paradise.
Our holiday festivities begin with the lighting of the niu (coconut tree) in our courtyard, a lovely hula performance featuring local dancers, and live Hawaiian music to usher in the season. As part of our annual tradition, Santa rings in the holiday cheer every Christmas Eve by canoe as he makes a grand entrance on the shores of our beach to delight keiki (children) with a jolly ho ho ho! It’s always a thrill when Santa swaps his reindeer and sleigh for a crew of paddlers who guide him onto our Pauoa Bay where Mrs. Claus awaits him. Santa and Mrs. Claus pass out gifts to the children and are available for a complimentary photo session on shore for our guests.
Our Director of Hawaiian Culture and Hui Holokai Ambassadors look forward to sharing their cultural knowledge, ocean skills, storytelling talents and aloha with you. In addition to our regular cultural programming which you may find here, please see a list of special activities we’re offering for the holiday season below. Please know that our cultural offerings are subject to change.
OPENING CEREMONY AT AHU A KŪPUNA
Welcome the holiday season at our Ahu A Kūpuna (alter for our ancestors). Reflect on the holidays and the upcoming new year as we honor and pay respects to all kūpuna (ancestors) past and present.
‘OHE KĀPALA (Bamboo Stamps)
Learn the ancient Hawaiian art of bamboo stamp printing from our Hui Holokai Ambassadors.
Celebrate the festive season with a tropical twist! Decorate a pineapple and turn it into your personal holiday tree.
‘OHE PŪ (Bamboo Horn)
Learn how to create and decorate your own Hawaiian horn. Be sure to bring it to our nightly torch lighting ceremony.
SUNSET HI‘U WAI
Gather on the beach with your loved ones for the last sunset of 2020. We invite you to be still and partake in a ceremonial purifying dip in the ocean to cleanse, reflect and envision your intentions for the new year ahead.
Create your own petroglyph (lava etchings) with our Hui Holokai Ambassadors.
Explore our night sky and stars through science and Hawaiian culture with revered astronomers.
MĀLAMA HAWAI’I GARDEN EXPERIENCE
Engage with Hawai’i in our garden, ka’ohinani, dig in the soil and learn about the many uses of the plants.
‘IKE KAI (TIDE POOL EDUCATION) Our ocean resources are more precious today and our commitment to care for the ocean starts right on our shorline. Join our Hui Holokai as they highlight the value of our shorlines tidepools.
‘OHANA CANOE RACES
Enjoy the ancient sport of canoe paddling with our Hui Holokai Ambassadors and your ‘ohana (family).
HAU’OLI MAKAHIKI HOU ORIGAMI POPPERS
Hawai’i and Japan have had a special relationship sharing cultural practices for more than 100 years. Learn to make origami poppers to celebrate the new year.
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A bountiful holiday buffet featuring delectable offerings of our chefs.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
With your toes in the sand and the waves crashing table side, begin the New Year like your truly on vacation. THe New Year’s Eve Beach Party is the perfect way to end the year and start a new one. It’s relaxed…it’s romantic…it’s the place everyone wants to be.
An evening at the Hawaiiloa Luau is full of Hawaiian tradition and hospitality. A hosted bar and a spectacular dinner offer the freshest and finest ingredients found in the islands.
BROWN’S BEACH HOUSE
SPECIAL HOLIDAY MENUS
Feast on innovative, locally sourced cuisine as you watch the most spectacular sunset along the Kohala Coast. Our AAA Four Diamond oceanfront restaurant is best known for putting a gourmet twist on fresh seafood, pasture-raised meats and island-grown ingredients. Brown’s Beach House will offer special 4-course dinner menus on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
SPA WITHOUT WALLS
Spa Without Walls treatments integrate Hawai‘i’s therapeutic environment and ancient healing arts into every experience.
Treat yourself or a loved on to a holiday spa day. For more information and booking, click here.
MAKE YOUR OWN SCRUB OR BATH SALTS
Take a glimpse into the aromatic world of Hawaiian scents and create your own personalized product.
Learn an easy and practical way to pamper your loved ones. Bring your partner for this hands-on activity.
Spa Without Walls offers a 1,700 sq. ft. fitness center is open 24 hours daily and a range of fitness classes to invigorate body, mind and soul. Daily schedules and class information can be found here.
KEIKI cooking club
BUILD YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HALE
Keiki will create a “Grass Roof Hale” using edible ingredients and candies, with the help of our Pastry Chef.
HAWAIIAN COOKIE DECORATING
Keiki will decorate and frost Hawaiian shaped cookies such as geckos, pineapples and palm trees!
MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM “BALL”
Make your own ice cream using an ice cream making ball to roll across the lawn, pick out your own flavors and bring your appetite.
MAKE YOUR OWN SUSHI
Learn how to make your own sushi roll with our talented chefs.
TREES OF HOPE
‘Tis the season for giving—and taking part in our Trees of Hope charitable initiative can help you spread some holiday cheer.
Over the holiday season, guests may purchase an ornament with all proceeds going to the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative.
This year, Fairmont Orchid is proud to partner with the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative to malama ‘aina (care for the land) and protect, promote and restore our native Hawaiian dry forest. Our property planted a grove of 30 wiliwili trees in the Waikoloa Dry Forest preserve in honor of our 30th anniversary this year and we’re excited to invite you to join us in continuing to restore the forest to preserve this special place for future generations.
Over the holiday season, guests may purchase an ornament with all proceeds going to the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, which encompasses 275 acres of remnant lowland dry forest and protects some of the last remaining native trees in the region. The ornaments illustrate a wiliwili flower in full blooms and are comprised of wildflower seeds, which may be planted directly in the ground.