Blaisdell Gingerbread Festival draws thousands

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands headed out to the 11th Annual Gingerbread Festival Sunday at the Blaisdell Center.

It's the biggest fundraiser for the Easter Seals, who raise almost $700,000 each year in Hawaii.

Families bought gingerbread house building kits and then got two hours to get creative.

But some of the kids just had fun eating.

Families told us the best part about the event was spending it together.

"Just spending time with your family having fun, you know, being decorative with your sons and nephews," Mililani Mauka resident Steve Wheeler said.

"It feels really good, especially at Christmas time, just to give our local people a helping hand," Mililani resident Jessica Tonaka said.

"All the money is raised in Hawaii. All the money stays in Hawaii," Easter Seals president and CEO John F. Howell said.

Most of the dough raised by Sunday's event goes toward Easter Seals' youth programming and sending kids to camp.

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