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Applications available for Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade

The 53rd Annual Waimea Christmans Twilight Parade is Saturday, Dec. 7, and has a theme of “Lucky Seven!” Parade goers and participants are encouraged to donate goods to the Big Island Giving Tree, in sevens seven cans of spam, seven packages of diapers or toothbrushes, seven pairs of socks or seven gift cards. The Big Island Giving Tree provides necessities and Christmas gifts to working families who need help.

The Christmas Twilight parade is from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Waimea’s famous Christmas parade, the second oldest in Hawaii, includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations and businesses, plus a brigade of festively lighted trucks. Also, there will be festivities, craft fairs, entertainment and foods at venues all over town throughout the day and a special visit by Santa who rides in the parade and then visits with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court afterward.

All community groups, churches, schools and businesses invited to participate both in the parade and Big Island Giving Tree donation collection. For more information, contact parade co-chairwomen Lani Olsen-Chong at 936-0670 and Kalae Kawamura at 936-4376. All interested are invited to parade organizational meeting at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13. For more information and for parade applications, rules, etc., visit www.WaimeaTown.org.

The 4th Annual Big Island Giving Tree Lighting Festivities, begin 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Parker School grounds. Begins with entertainment and Christmas caroling with emcee Dardee Gamayo. Free and entire family invited, including free cocoa for keiki. Burgers, hot dogs and baked goods available along with Starbucks coffee (donations suggested). This gathering officially launches this annual collection of gifts, food and toys to be sure no one is forgotten during the holiday season.

Will include “remembering old Waimea” talk story and lighting of the giant Norfolk Pine next to the school’s historic Barbara Hall. This is an outdoor event so dress warmly. There will be a semi-enclosed tent and seating provided for kupuna but all others encouraged to bring own chairs. For more information, contact Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239.

The Big Island Giving Tree” donations collection store will be at Parker Ranch Center, from 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, from Dec. 5 through 20. Stop by to donate to this project to be sure no one in North Hawaii is forgotten. This year’s program includes both an Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Child opportunities. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 18 through Dec. 11. To be a “Giving Tree” applicant, please call Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 between Nov. 18 and Dec. 11. To adopt a family or a child, also call Bell. Donations will be accepted at the Giving Tree store in Parker Ranch Center from Dec. 5—20; please plan ahead so there’s time to distribute items to individuals and families.