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Ho Ho Ho: Santa and His Elf Deliver Presents from Golf Cart Sleigh on Maui

December 25, 2020, 4:33 PM HST
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  • Santa Curtis Wilson Cost, a Kula artist, delivered toys to children on a golf cart sleigh he built with his daughter. Photo Courtey: Cost Family
  • Kula artists Julia Allisson Cost and her dad Curtis Wilson Cost delivered presents in the sleigh they created from a golf cart. Photo Courtesy: Cost Family
  • Many people in Kula donated presents for Curtis Wilson Cost and his daughter Julia Allisson Cost to deliver on a sleigh they built from a golf cart. Photo Courtesy: Cost Family
  • Kula artist Curtis Wilson Cost and his daughter Julia Allisson Cost designed and built Santa’s sleigh from an old golf cart. Photo Courtesy: Cost Family

Kula artist Curtis Wilson Cost had a vision to bring Santa to his neighborhood this holiday season. He enlisted help from his daughter and fellow artist Julia Allisson Cost to turn his old golf cart into a red sleigh.

The father and daughter built and painted an elaborate cardboard sleigh around the golf cart. Many neighbors dropped off presents and on Dec. 23, Curtis dressed as Santa and Julia dressed as an elf. With bells jingling, they traveled to see the boys and girls and create some holiday magic.

Kids big and small were thrilled. Even rain didn’t dampen the fun. Some neighbors borrowed Santa’s sleigh to deliver gifts to friends nearby, and others donated toys to give to children along the route.

Curtis and Julia plan to make this a neighborhood tradition, with an even more elaborate golf cart sleigh next year.

They are thankful that the pandemic made them think outside the box about how to creatively spark joy for the neighborhood.

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To see a full account of how they constructed the golf cart and the journey through the neighborhood, visit Julia’s instagram @juliaallissoncost and watch her saved highlight story called “Santa’s sleigh.”

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