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    Posted December 8, 2012 by
    Honolulu, Hawaii
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    The anticipation was growing stronger by the seconds as somebody suddenly spotted the long outrigger canoe which carried Santa to our so beautiful Hawaiian shores. The canoe was dancing in the high surf and the kids (or anybody else) could hold back their excitement as Santa jumped into the white crashing waves and greeted everybody with a so friendly Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian). Before the big event the gorgeous and talented Keiki (children) and members of the Hula Halau: `O Pua Kahale’ gave a memorable performance full of our heartwarming Aloha Spirit on the silky white sandybeachofWaikiki. It was a morning full of happiness and celebration for everybody inHawaii. When all you “kids” will listen by heart what Santa says then we all can learn from this wonderful and magical Visitor from the North Pole. Santa's so welcomed visit was organized by the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Santa had to dress a bit differently, because our warm Hawaiian climate and even he washed the sand off his feet before he left the beach for his shortHolidaybefore his big day will arrive on the 25th of December. Then he will fly around the Globe powered by his reindeers and by the wish for Peace on this Earth. Thank You: PukaeaJutka

    Video and photos by Jutka T. Emoke Barabas,

    Honolulu,Hawaii, December 8, 2012

    Traditional Hawaiian music instruments shown in this video:

    Pū” ili which is are split bamboo sticks, you see them as the ladies of the Hula Halau `O Pua Kahale’ (dressed white) playing them as percussion instruments while performing their beautiful dance.

    The Keiki (children) playing with the Ili’ili which is a water-worn lava stone used as castanets.

    The Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher) is playing the traditional Hawaiian “Ipu Heke” gourd drum, which made from a pair of gourd. These drums are made in many sizes and shapes.

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