By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hundreds of children enjoyed an early Christmas Friday night when Santa showed up at Palama Settlement with more than 700 individually wrapped gifts.
Kids from the community, many of them from low income families, lined up and waited their turn to pose for a picture on Santa's lap and walk away with a present.
"I don't know what I got. I just talked to Santa. And I don't know what I got, but I'm going to open it right now," said ten year old Tony Pato after meeting Santa.
"We do it every year. We get a lot of donations from Toys for Tots and people in the community. But this is our big event giving back to all those who live here. We have five housing developments in the community and this is a big big event that everybody looks forward to," said Jean Evans, Palama Settlement Executive Director.
"It's great, especially for the low income community. It's good for them to bring their kids over here and recognize these kids who don't have much at home but they can come here with people who give them stuff. It's amazing," said Rose Iosefa, who brought her niece to the event.