Holualoa Village celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with its 16th annual Music and Light Festival. The free public event begins with the lighting of the village Christmas tree on the old library lawn at dusk and runs until 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
Santa will arrive after the tree lighting and take his place next to the Holualoa Gallery beside the post office to greet children and hear their Christmas wishes. Village merchants have donated small gifts and treats for every keiki who visits Santa.
Mele Ohana, Gen and Yumi and others will perform from stages at the old library and the lanai of Paul’s Place. The Living Hope Church Band will play at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Dave Lucas’ Koa Realty will host rock ‘n’ roll from Green Machine. Impromptu performances by harpist Jim Elliott at the old Holualoa Theater and ukulele enthusiasts at the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery will go on all evening.
Most all of the historic town’s art galleries and gift shops will also offer visitors beverages and pupu as they show off their latest creations from Holualoa woodworkers, artists and ceramicists.
As visitors stroll the half mile of Mamalahoa Highway between Holualoa Elementary School and Ipu Hale Gallery, they will find food vendors with crepes, plate lunches, dessert treats and beverages for sale.
The highway will be restricted to alternating single lane one-way traffic between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. No parking will be allowed in town but will be available at the school and a new parking lot next to the Library.
For more information, contact festival chairman Paul Maddox at email@example.com or visit holualoahawaii.com for photos of previous events and a map to Holualoa Village.
The festivities are sponsored by the Holualoa Inn and Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee.