Oahu Residents Deciding Which Major Event to Attend this Weekend

Yvette Hira
Yvette Hira

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Warrior football or the tradition-rich, lighting of the massive Christmas tree in front of Honolulu Hale.

That's the dilemna folks here on Oahu face, Saturday night, as both signature events are scheduled to start at about the same time.

But city officials say, those without football tickets can still enjoy both!


Or claus.

Two of Hawaii's favorite icons go head-to-head, this Saturday.

The city throws the switch to light-up this year's Christmas tree, at 6:00 p.m.

A half-hour later, the undefeated Hawaii Warrior football team takes-on Washington, at Aloha Stadium, in what's being billed as the biggest game in school history.

What to do.

What to do.

''We can fit it all in, in one night. We can share this great evening with the Warriors. You can come here and still rush home and catch the second half, or that last quarter," said Joan Manke  an event organizer.

Despite the scheduling conflict, city officials still expect some 50,000 people to flock to the annual tree lighting event.

They also say, none of the city workers who are scheduled to work that night, asked to change their shifts for the big game.

''This is the city's gift to the people of Hawaii. And for me, this really hits home. It's something that so dear to us all and we want to share it."

For his part, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is expected to attend the Warrior game, eventually.

But, first things first he's got to throw that switch.

'He's going to be here, right here at Honolulu Hale to turn on the lights," said event organizer, Yvette Hira.

Or, he'll have to deal with the big guy, in the red suit.

The festivities at Honolulu Hale actually begins at 4:00 Saturday afternoon.  They'll have food booths and keiki rides.

Then at 6:00 p.m., the mayor will officially welcome Christmas, by lighting the 70-foot tree.