Friday, November 12, 2004



Christmas is here!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at Ala Moana Center, where a Hawaiian Holiday Wonderland opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Kids will be able to enjoy a Menehune Toy Shop display, ride the Candy Cane Train (tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, and Nov. 26 through Jan. 1) and see a 30-foot Santa overlooking Ala Moana.

The theme of the display is "The Christmas Gift of Aloha," inspired by a new children's book of the same name written by Lisa Matsumoto and illustrated by Michael Furuya. The book follows the holiday adventures of two main characters, Merry the elf and Mele the menehune.

"The Christmas Gift of Aloha" book will also be turned into a 30-minute musical stage show produced by 'Ohia Productions and to be performed at 6 p.m. daily (except Mondays) at CenterStage beginning Nov. 26.

At the toy shop, keiki can sit with Santa for a photo. Picture-taking will be available through Dec. 24. Each keiki who visits Santa will receive a free menehune key chain (while supplies last).

Admission is free; a 20-minute train ride is $6 for 12 years and younger. For tickets, call the Customer Service Center at 955-9517.

Those who stick around to 6 p.m. tomorrow can also take in a free concert by the Brothers Cazimero on CenterStage.

All aboard the Candy Cane Train starting tomorrow at Ala Moana Center.

Holiday joy at fair

Shop, eat, craft and play at Hanahau'oli School's annual Children's Fair, a fund-raising event taking place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Themed "O Joy!," the event offers a sleighful of holiday delights -- including food stations featuring Nathan's authentic hot dogs (hand-carried from the mainland), soft-serve ice cream and Wanda Watumull's French-Indian style curry (a secret recipe).

Looking for a treat to take home with you? Visit the North Pole Country Store or Nana Kringle's Bake Shop. After sampling the different morsels, walk off those holiday calories at the 34th Street craft fair where you might find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift.

The keiki can spend their time riding the ponies, playing 12 games, racing down Santa Claus Lane with model cars, getting their face painted or making holiday crafts.

Hanahau'oli School is at 1922 Makiki St., at the corner of Nehoa and Makiki streets. Admission is free, and free parking will be available at Roosevelt High School where a shuttle will provide transportation. Call 949-6461 for more information.

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