First-of-its-Kind Signing Santa Celebration Kaʻahumanu Center

December 18, 2014, 3:03 PM HST · Updated December 18, 3:05 PM
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Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

By Maui Now Staff

The Queen Kaʻahumanu Shopping Center in Kahului hosted its first-ever Singing Santa Celebration for deaf youth and education programs on Maui during a morning program at the mall’s Center Stage.

The first-annual event hosted youth from four public school programs including IMUA, Pōmaikaʻi Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate and Maui High School, as well as students from the Hawaiʻi School for the Deaf.

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    Representatives at QKC say the event featured seasonal stories, songs, and magic, all shared in American Sign Language.

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    Renowned deaf entertainer Ed Chevy of Oʻahu was the featured performer, along with a visit from Santa, aka “Jeff Morris”, a deaf resident of Maui.

    A spokesperson with the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center said the event “was something we felt very passionate about supporting.”

     

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Volunteers from Maui Deaf Friends at the first annual Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Renowned deaf entertainer Ed Chevy (right) at the first annual Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Beth King (with red garland lei), an educator at Maui High School, and the main organizer of this event. Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Deaf entertainer Ed Chevy (right) at the Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Beth King, (with red garland lei) an educator at Maui High School, and the main organizer of this event. Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Volunteers from Maui Deaf Friends participated in the Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Deaf entertainer Ed Chevy (right) at the Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Deaf entertainer Ed Chevy (right) at the Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 - Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

    Signing Santa Celebration 2014 – Queen Kaʻahumanu Center. Courtesy photo.

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