PHOTOS: Santa Arrives on Maui by Canoe

December 24, 2014, 12:27 PM HST · Updated December 25, 7:00 AM
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By Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]

Santa arrived by double-hull, 12-man outrigger canoe this morning. At about 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Jolly Saint Nick canoe surfed to shore with 12 paddlers dressed in bright red kīhei / lukaluka and santa hats. Santa was greeted with lei and pū (conch shell) at Wailea Beach as hundreds of bystanders cheered. The paddlers then performed a traditional oli (E Hō Mai) and the procession made their way to the Molokini Lawn for Santa to greet the eager keiki.

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This is the first annual “Santa Canoe Arrival” for the Grand Wailea. Yvonne Biegel, Director of Public Relations says they plan to make it a yearly community event. The Kīhei Canoe Club provided the double-hull canoe, led by Kimokeo Kapahulehua. The paddlers were from different canoe clubs from across Maui.

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    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 - Image: Malika Dudley

    Santa Arrival at Wailea Beach 12/24/14 – Image: Malika Dudley

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