White Hawaiian Christmas

Ana Figueroa Honolulu will be trading in its palm trees for snowy Christmas trees this winter at Ala Moana Center, as Merry, Mele and the rest of The Christmas Gift of Aloha cast will begin their nightly performances on November 24th. This year’s Hawaiian-style Christmas performances will feature sn

By: Ana Figueroa



Honolulu will be trading in its palm trees for snowy Christmas trees this winter at Ala Moana Center, as Merry, Mele and the rest of The Christmas Gift of Aloha cast will begin their nightly performances on November 24th. This year’s Hawaiian-style Christmas performances will feature snow, in an unforgettable celebration of the season.

The Christmas Gift of Aloha stage brings to life award-winning author Lisa Matsumoto’s children’s story of Merry, a neophyte Christmas elf who falls out of Santa’s sleigh and ends up in Hawaii. He soon discovers the joy of the Hawaiian Christmas with the help of his newfound friend, Mele Menehune. A live performance of songs from the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated soundtrack enlivens the play.

A special ending caps off every performance of the musical this year, as the grand finale features a lifelike snowfall from right above center stage, transforming the theater into a winter wonderland. The “snowflakes” flutter down gracefully and disappear within a few minutes of hitting the floor, making the spectacle even more realistic. An hour after the 6:00 pm finale, keiki are able to ride with Santa as he steers his sleigh through Ala Moana Center, joined by other cast members from The Christmas Gift of Aloha.

The Christmas Gift of Aloha storybook by Lisa Matsumoto and illustrated by Michael Furuya can be purchased for $16.95. The Christmas Gift of Aloha Soundtrack CD featuring all the songs by Roslyn from the stage show, which was a 2006 Na Hoku Hanohano award nominee for best Christmas album, can also be purchased for $14.95. Both are available at Ala Moana Center’s Barnes and Noble (Street Level).

Performances take place nightly through Christmas Eve.

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