Santa Lands at Queens’s MarketPlace Tonight

Naughty, nice and in between, Queens’ MarketPlace welcomes everyone to come and enjoy special holiday activities, including free family “photo ops” with Santa Claus, a Holiday Village in miniatures and grand opening of the new Wishard Gallery.

Santa at Queens'

Known for realistic landscapes that capture the allure of Hawaii’s beaches, forests, waterfalls and mountains, Harry Wishard recently opened his second location in Queens’ MarketPlace, where he’s been painting almost every day. On Saturday, December 8, from 5 to 9 p.m., art lovers have a chance to meet Wishard, along with some of Hawaii’s favorite artists who are featured in the gallery, and enjoy wine and pupus while exploring the beautiful collection.  For more information, visit www.harrywishard.com or call 769-5077.

Also on December 8th, Queens’ MarketPlace unveils its own new work of art, a traditional Holiday Village Scene in miniature, festively set in a fantasy “winter wonderland.”  Located between Bike Works Beach & Sport and Quiksilver, the Holiday Village is unique to Queens’ MarketPlace, presented for the first time as a gift to the community to enrich the holiday shopping experience.  The Holiday Village can be seen daily, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

But the magical news of course is when Jolly Old St. Nick himself comes to town, ready to greet every girl and boy in The Rotunda for those cherished holiday photos.  Families are invited to bring their own cameras and wish-lists, and visit Santa Claus during the following times:

  • Monday through Friday, December 17-21, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23, 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

“Shopping and Santa Claus, two of the most exciting traditions of the holiday season,” said Sales & Operations Manager Margo Mau-Bunnell.  “And Queens’ MarketPlace has everything in place.  The lights and decorations are up and sparkling, our train display is all set—and it’s such a special time for everyone when the keiki come to see Santa.”

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Toys for Tots Cancelled by the Hawaii Police Department Saved by Miracle

Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Toys for Tots motorcade and rally will take place as scheduled on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Motorcade participants are asked to show up at 9 a.m. as the 300-plus member motorcade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. From Aunty Sally’s Lu’au Hale on Pi’ilani St. , the convoy will head down Kalanikoa St. towards Kamehameha Ave. where it will turn right and head out towards Keaukaha along Kalaniana’ole Ave.   At 4 Miles beach, they will u-turn and head back into town, turning right onto Banyan Drive, rumbling by Lili’uokalani Park and onto Manono St. where they will return to Aunty Sally’s.

The public is invited to attend an exciting rally that will start at 10:45 a.m. with live music from ‘Ol School Band, refreshments and concessions items.  Santa Claus will appear at 12 noon.  Unwrapped gift items are welcome for children ages 0-12 yrs old.  “We are thrilled with the amount and quality of the toys that are donated every year.  Last year, 47 bikes and more than 2,800 toys were donated to the children and families of the Big Island .  Although, we would appreciate having a few more for the girls, ages 9-12”, said Toys for Tots motorcade and rally organizer, Mr. Ellsworth Fontes.  Prior to December 11, toys can be dropped off at Ellsworth’s Custom Cycles on 969 Kino’ole St. or at Springleaf Financial at 395 Kino’ole St.

On Sunday, November 20, the Hawai’i Tribune Herald reported that organizers had cancelled the much anticipated event due to permitting discrepancies with the Hawai’i Police Department.  However, all conflicts were ironed out and the show will go on.  “The Police Department fully supports Toys for Tots.  This is a terrific event for the kids, nobody wants it cancelled, so I’m really happy to see that the event will take place,” said Captain Robert Wagner who oversees Area I permit requests.

Fontes, who also serves as president for the Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club stated, “This couldn’t happen without the tremendous support of Mayor Billy Kenoi… Christmas is on again, for the needy children of the Big Island .  In the spirit of Christmas, I’m happy that it all worked out.

Community Invited to Meet Santa at Queens’ MarketPlace

Media Release:

He knows when you’ve been bad or good, according to the song, so the community is advised to be good for goodness sake, and come to Queens’ MarketPlace for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  A fun way to start a festive day, the event is a Queens’ MarketPlace holiday tradition.


“Queens’ MarketPlace has some great opportunities for those of you that need to do some holiday shopping, so why not invite your family or friends to our Breakfast with Santa at Romano’s Macaroni Grill?” said Sales & Operations Manager Margo Mau Bunnell.  “It’s a great way for the keiki to meet Santa, tell him what they’re wishing for, and have your camera ready to get that memorable photo with good ol’ Saint Nick.  Then stroll around the shops and take a look at our colorful new decorations.”

Admission to Breakfast with Santa is $15 Adults, $10 children 5-11 years old, free for keiki 4 and under.  Prices include a family-style breakfast buffet, tax and gratuity, visit from Santa, face painting, creating an ornament and a photo opportunity with Santa. Reservations are required.  886-8822.

This is the first of a series of “photo ops” with the Santa, with picture-taking sessions scheduled December 18 and 19, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.  And, December 20-23, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
“So don’t forget to bring your cameras and snap that memorable shot at the Coronation Pavilion,” said Mau-Bunnell.  “And then post your photos with Santa or with the “Retro Holiday Décor on the Queens’ MarketPlace Facebook page, so you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate.”

For more information, visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.

Hawaii Fire Department Saves Santa… The 2010 Pahoa Christmas Parade

The 2010 Pahoa Christmas Parade was today and everything was great until the end when the truck carrying the float that Santa was in overheated!

Folks just didn’t know what to do and Santa was stuck!

The parade had to go on so what did the Hawaii Fire Department do… they stepped up to the plate and gave Santa and the kids a ride down the rest of the parade route.

I hope no one gets in trouble for this, because if I remember correctly, the insurance on these fire trucks do not allow non-fire fighters to ride on them ever!

Once again it was another great parade that only happens in Pahoa!

You can click on the pictures below to open them up to a larger picture:

Wordless Wednesday – Naughty Santa Claus

Well this Santa Claus was being naughty!

Santa decided that he was going to stop traffic and an oncoming parade!

But things got a bit ugly when he started yelling at families.  Cops were called… and Santa got arrested.

Cuffed

Stuffed