grand-waileaA treelighting ceremony, Santa arriving by Hawaiian voyaging canoe, and a gingerbread village built by na keiki (children) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui (BGCM) are all reasons to celebrate the holidays in Hawaii. The month of December 2016 is themed `Tis the Season of Aloha at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on the tropical island of Maui. Many of the December month-long activities and programs benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

On Sunday, December 4, more than eight miles of white lights are strung along the monkeypod trees lining the driveway to Grand Wailea for the Treelighting Ceremony. In the center of the magnificence, is a live Christmas tree reaching 25 feet and waiting to be lit by children from BGCM. Guests can buy a $1 ornament at the gingerbread village to hang on the lobby tree with Grand Wailea matching the $1 donation to BGCM.

Santa makes an appearance twice! Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 17. Santa arrives by Hawaiian outrigger canoe on Saturday, December 24 at 9:00 AM at Wailea Beach fronting Grand Wailea.

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