So, you aren’t a fan of bracing the hoards of people, and maybe getting into a fist fight or two, on Black Friday to score discounted merchandise? Yeah, I’m not sure that is anyone’s idea of fun. Why not participate in one of these ten other activities instead?
1) Head to the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Instead of checking out the crowded big box stores, why don’t you do a little local shopping? The 29th annual Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo will be at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. You’ll boost the local economy, and get great, one-of-a-kind gifts for all your family and friends. You could also check out the Honolulu Museum of Art School Annual Holiday Art Sale.
2) Put up your Christmas tree.
If you’re like me, your tree is probably already proudly displayed, but if you aren’t as Christmas obsessed as I am, Black Friday is the perfect day to pull out those decorations and get to work.
3) Sing some Christmas carols.
Join “The Voice” contestants Biff Gore, Noah Lis, and Emily B for a free Christmas concert at Hope Chapel Kihei. Dinner will be available in the courtyard at 5:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.
4) Give your little ones some holiday spirit.
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth presents “Rudolf’s Reindeer Games,” an original show opening on Black Friday at 7 p.m. Ring in the holidays with your family with an interactive comedy show with sing-a-longs, games – and quite a few surprises.
5) Take a hike.
What better way to burn off all those Thanksgiving calories than to head out bright and early for a good old-fashioned hike? You can breathe in the fresh air, get your heart pumping, and remember why you are thankful to live in Hawaii.
6) Visit galleries, and maybe buy some art.
The 29th annual Volcano Village Artists Hui Studio Tour & Sale is this weekend, where patrons can tour six art galleries in Volcano Village, meet the artists in their studios, see artwork in a variety of media – including wood and metal sculpture, pottery, hand-blown glass, paintings, prints and photography – and even purchase your favorites for the perfect gift for the art collector in your life.
7) Hit the beach.
Did you host a massive Thanksgiving dinner this year, and just want to forget about all the stress of the next big holiday for one day? Why don’t you hit your favorite beach and lay out in the sun to let those worries melt away.
8) Check out the Bishop Museum’s new exhibit.
For the first time in the United States, the Bishop will be hosting the New Zealand-based World of WearableArt exhibit, which fuses fashion and art while showcasing 32 award-winning garments from an international design competition. The exhibit opened Nov. 24, and will be on display through Feb. 1, 2016.
9) Grab a brew.
Visit Maui Brewing Company for a fundraiser for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. Half of the proceeds from 6 – 10 p.m. will go towards protecting native birds, and really, drinking beer is the best type of charity work. Not on Maui? Grab a drink from your favorite local bar instead.
10) Do some holiday prep, or just watch movies.
Snuggle up and watch Christmas movies while drinking hot chocolate and planning for the holidays – you can start crafting the perfect Christmas meal, or make a detailed gift list that is sure to keep you on budget.
What will you be doing for Black Friday? And if you did brace those crowds, did you at least score some good stuff?