STAR-BULLETIN / 2004
A living Nativity scene was set up last year at Central Union Church. Capri Nakaima, left, Maria Giron, Tila Langley and Airika White played angels and sang Christmas songs. The church will continue this "Gift of Bethlehem" tradition from 6 to 9 p.m. next Saturday.
Events put spirit of Christmas on display
Island churches will offer the opportunity to celebrate the true Christmas spirit in events open to the public.
» The musical version of "A Christmas Carol" will be presented at Farrington High School auditorium at 4 and 7 p.m. tomorrow and at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $12 and $10. Call New Hope Christian Fellowship, 842-4242, ext. 778, for reservations.
» "Messiah Community Sing" at St. Andrew's Cathedral will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The audience may sing along with the choir in the performance of Handel's musical masterpiece. John Alexander is conductor and Arlan Sunnarborg, organist, with soloist soprano Jeanne DeCosta, alto Susan Purnell, tenor Laurence Paxton and bass Wayne DeMello.
» Volunteer actors will present live scenes from the biblical account of the first Christmas in the "Gift of Bethlehem" from 6 to 9 p.m. next Saturday at Central Union Church. Viewers may drive through or stroll the church grounds to view the Nativity scene, caroling angels, shepherds and Three Kings. Enter at 1660 S. Beretania St.
» The annual free Christmas concert at the Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St., will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. A 100-voice adult Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra, as well as youth and children choirs, will present Christmas carols and sacred music. It is presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Honolulu Hawaii Stake. Parking is available in the Spa Fitness Center structure next to the tabernacle.
» Kawaiaha'o Church will present "Joy: A Yuletide Musical Gift to the Community" at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the sanctuary. Traditional carols, dance and seasonal readings will be featured in the free concert. Performing will be the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, Kawaiaha'o sanctuary choir, bell choir and halau, Kawaiolaonapukanileo Vocal Ensemble with soloists soprano Malia Ka'ai and dancer Ardis Gomes. Guest vocalists are Mark and Diane Yasuhara and Starr Williams.
» Tons of snow for children to play in will be provided next Saturday at the "Great Hawaii Community Holiday Snow Party." The event from 11 a.m. into the evening will be at 1300 Kailua Road, sponsored by Christ Church Uniting and the Rock Church. There will be music, entertainment, hot chocolate, snowman contests and prizes. It is free and open to the public.