Holiday spirit coming to West Oahu
By Gordon Y.K. Pang
Advertiser West O'ahu Writer
By Gordon Y.K. Pang
West O'ahu residents can get into the holiday spirit with a slew of events tomorrow from Waipi'o to Kapolei, culminating with the lighting of the large Christmas tree at Kapolei Hale in the evening by members of the University of Hawai'i Warriors football team and Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
The annual Gentry Waipio Community Association Christmas Parade takes place at 10 a.m. It will feature the Pearl City Marching Band. It starts at the Waipio Gentry Shopping Center and runs through Uke'e Street, Ka Uka Boulevard and Waipi'o Uka Street. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will greet shoppers afterward near the Outback Steakhouse.
At Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu, a workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the making of parols, a Filipino Christmas tradition. The workshop is free, but parol kits cost $10. Call 228-6345 to reserve a seat.
The annual Waipahu Christmas Parade and Fair takes place at 3 p.m. The parade runs from Waipahu District Park to the Waipahu Town Center. From 3 to 7 p.m., the town center will hold a Christmas carnival with Santa, games, rides and other activities.
Kapolei Shopping Center will have a slate of activities at "Santa Saturday" running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free photos of Santa featuring backdrops of artwork by Peggy Chun will be offered. The Kapolei Chorale will perform from noon to 12:45 p.m.
The West O'ahu Holiday Electric Light Parade starts at 6 p.m. at Farrington Highway and Kealanani Avenue, runs through the Kapolei shopping centers on Kamokila Boulevard and ends at Ulu'ohi'a Street. Decorated city vehicles, floats, the Royal Hawaiian and Kapolei High School bands, and the UH football team will be featured.
The tree-lighting at Kapolei Hale follows at 7:30 p.m. and will include activities for kids, including visits with Santa.
Reach Gordon Y.K. Pang at email@example.com.