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Plethora of holiday events, activities, concerts

Santa gets in some stand-up paddling during his annual July vacation at Kona Village Resort. (Photo courtesy of Current Events)

Santa gets in some stand-up paddling during his annual July vacation at Kona Village Resort. (Photo courtesy of Current Events)

Santa’s here, Santa’s here. Yup, he’s making his holiday season rounds, including a bunch of appearances on Big Island.

Of course, Santa makes a second, secret visit to Hawaii each July. He and Mrs. Santa rest and relax at Kona Village Resort. No word on where the elves and reindeer vacation …

Following is a list of holiday events and activities. If you know of an event not listed, please shoot us an e-mail at news@hawaii247.com or go ahead and add it directly to the calendar.

Check back for updates …

Saturday, Dec. 19

* 7-11 a.m., Breakfast with Santa at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Breakfast with Santa at the resort’s Convention Center. Keiki activities include holiday lei making, holiday card painting, cookie decorating and hula lessons; $28 for adults, $18 per child (under 2 is free). Contact: 886-1234

* 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Convention Center  – Holiday Arts & Crafts

Artists and craftspeople offer ceramics, pottery, jewelry, oils and watercolors, quilts, glasswork and beadwork, koa wood and photography. Music with Moses.For further information, call 326-4152.

* 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Kona Coast Shopping Center – Photos with Santa

The family can participate in Christmas drafts. Entertainment will be provided by St. Michael’s Choir, Kahikina’s Ukulele Class and the Kealakehe High School Dance Company. Free photos with Santa will be offered and can be picked up Dec. 22 at Blockbuster Video.

* 10 a.m.-noon, Queens’ MarketPlace – Photos with Santa

Aa $5 per photo donation will go to Hawaii Island Food Basket and help make sure no child goes hungry during the holidays. Keiki photos with “Kanakaloka” will be taken in The Studio — an air-conditioned function space adjacent to the Queens’ MarketPlace Food Court. Created especially for the holidays by Queens’ staff, the setting features a sandy beach, surfboards, slippers and star-sprinkled coconut palms. For more information, visimt www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.

* 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Santa and Snow, Kealakekua Ranch Center

A huge pile of snow will be available for all the keiki. Santa will be arriving by fire engine and available for free photos. Live entertainment by Na Opio O Kahikolu and Hula by Na Kai Kamahina O Keakua Kie Kie. There will be bouncing fun and crafts, with balloon magic by Joy. Contact Carol Moore at 988-0224 or mooreideas@hawaii.rr.com

* 11 a.m.,  Kealakekua library hosts Christmas program

Kealakekua Public Library will offer “A Special Christmas with the Aloha Performing Arts Company” in the adult reading area. The theater-style performance will feature dancing and singing. The Friends of the Libraries, Kona is sponsoring the program, which is suitable for all ages. Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. For more information, call 323-7585.

* Noon-3 p.m., Parker Ranch Center – Santa photos

A free photo with Santa will be offered with mahalo donations accepted to benefit North Hawaii Hospice and Waimea Lions Club.

* 1-4 p.m., Kona Stories Book Shop, Kainaliu – Free Pictures With The Grinch. Everyone is welcome to come take their holiday pictures with the Grinch. Bring your own camera or the ladies at the bookstore will use theirs and e-mail you a copy. Free goodies and a holiday family movie. For more information, call 324-0350.

* 7 p.m., Honokaa People’s Theatre, “A Christmas Dream”
A live stage production of music and dance for the holidays as Kai goes on a journey to figure out how to wrap up love. Presented free by Kings Chapel Hamakua, “A Christmas Dream” is suitable for all ages.

* 7:30 p.m., Aloha Theatre. APAC presents ‘A Christmas Story.’

Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself. Reserved seating tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (65+); $15 Students/Children (3-18). For more information, visit apachawaii.org, call 322-9924 or e-mail info@apachawaii.org

Sunday, Dec. 20

* 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd annual “He Mau Makana No Na Ohana” (Gifts for a Family) Toys for Tots

A fun filled day at Kamehameha Park, Kapaau, North Kohala. Attendees are asked to make a donation of a new unwrapped gift or a canned food and receive a ticket for a chance to win one of many great prizes. Children 10 years or younger will receive a gift and have a photo taken with Santa, both for free. Entertainment by Pacific Roots, Gino & Kahua, and Island Boyz. Children activities will also be available for free. There’ll be several food concessions. Classic Vehicles/Hot Rods/Motorcycles will be on display. Event is made possible by a grant from Healing Our Island and is co-sponsered by Koa Puna M/C Kohala Chapter and Fig’s Mix Plate. Contact Traci Figueroa at 889-1989 or figs_mix_plate@yahoo.com

* 2:30 p.m., Aloha Theatre. APAC presents ‘A Christmas Story.’

Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself. Reserved seating tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (65+); $15 Students/Children (3-18). For more information, visit apachawaii.org, call 322-9924 or e-mail info@apachawaii.org

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