Holiday Guide

Make It: Signature Ornament

Here's a craft for the older kids. Have them use their very best handwriting to make a unique ornament. See also our roundup events and more crafts in our Holiday Corner. Materials 12-gauge wire pliers with a cutter baker's twine…

Make It: Shaka Wreath

Photo: Karen DB Photography Materials Green and bright pink construction paper Scissors Pencils Glue 1 ½-inch-wide ribbon Instructions Make a shaka and trace your hand on the green paper. Repeat the first step multiple times, using hands of all family…

Make It: Festive Felt Garland

Photo: David Croxford Supplies: twine felt (two or more colors) scissors ruler or measuring tape Instructions: Cut a piece of twine (as long as you want the garland to be). Knot one end of the twine. Cut strips of felt…

26 Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Photo: Christi YoungThe elves determined that 6 feet is about 36 peppermint puffs long. Never have the elves been more anticipated in my house until 2020. The restrictions of the pandemic have made the holidays a time of great joy…

Keiki Craft: Santa Countdown Calendar

Do you have a color printer, some lined-paper and some tape? Then you and your child can make a simple Christmas Countdown Calendar. It's also a good way for little ones to practice their cutting skills! Directions 1. We Googled “Santa Face”…

4 Fun Ways to Countdown to Christmas

As keiki eagerly anticipate Christmas, make counting down the days a fun event for whole family. Photo: Michele AucelloThe elves often arrive to help with our Christmas traditions. Hang an Ornament Each Day We have a little wooden advent calendar…

Make It: Thankful Tree and Turkey

When it comes to the holidays, my family hits the ground running. As soon as Halloween is over, we start thinking about Thanksgiving. The Thankful Tree is a good way to channel creative energy and reminds us all of the…

Make It: Turkey Place Cards

Make your guests feel special at Thanksgiving with cute, keiki-created place cards. Materials Small pumpkins and gourds Googly eyes Yellow and red felt Hot glue gun Toothpicks Index cards Instructions Write each guest's name on an index card.  Attach the…

Recipe: “Pumpkin” Thankful Rolls

Every year, between Halloween and Thanksgiving, we write down what we are thankful for. We usually post our notes on a Thankful tree. This year we will try something different—we will hide our notes and try to guess who wrote…

Give Back: Create A Shoebox of Love

Photo: Samaritanspurse.orgChildren receiving shoeboxes. Editorʻs Note: This blog was updated for 2020. Operation Christmas Child is run by a humanitarian organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Participants fill a shoebox with gifts for a girl or a boy in another country, wrap it…

Make It: Glass Glitter Ball Ornaments

Photo: David Croxford Supplies: glass ball ornaments with removable tops (we used the 2-inch size) glitter (multiple colors and shapes) scissors ruler or measuring tape felt Instructions: Remove the tops of the ornaments. Pour glitter into the ornaments and reseal.…

Keiki in the Kitchen: Christmas Tree Pancakes

Photo: David Croxford Kids will flip over these tiny, tasty stacks of pancake trees–especially when you add a DIY bar of festive sprinkles. Go Natural Juice kale, spinach or other leafy greens for a non-artifical food dye. Or run the…

Make It: Shaka Felt Ornament

Photo: David Croxford Supplies: felt scissors marker stuffing (you can use fiberfill or even recycled gift tissue paper) needle thread ruler or measuring tape Instructions: Make a shaka with your hand. Using a marker, trace the outline of your hand…

Make It: Pineapple Pine Cone Ornaments

Photos: Karen DB Photography Materials Small pine cones Yellow acrylic paint; we found ours at Walmart Paintbrushes and a plate or palette for mixing Green craft paper Hot glue Bakers twine or clear fishing wire Pencils Scissors SEE ALSO: Make…

Inside Look: Honolulu City Lights 2019

Photo: Ron Slauson courtesy of the City & County of HonoluluShaka Santa has been at Honolulu Hale since 1989. Tūtū Mele joined him in 1994. Shaka Santa had a bit of a run-in on the way to Honolulu Hale this…

Family Holiday Events in Hawaiʻi-2019

Photo: Courtesy Kamakana AliʻiKeiki show off their festive pajamas at Ka Makana Aliʻi. ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS Snow Flurry Tree at Windward Mall (Nov. 23 to Jan. 1) Photo: Courtesy of Windward MallIt's a snow flurry at Windward Mall! Stand beneath…