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Windward Oahu families share Christmas Eve together

WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kailua and Waimanalo are neighbors geographically but culturally and economically there is some distance between the two. The holidays are the time to bridge that gap.

Joined hand in hand five families from Kailua met families from the Hawaiian Cultural Village named Pu'uhonua O Waimanalo. They played games, sang songs and of course there was Santa in slippahs who passed out 200 gifts along with countless smiles.

"This was a way for us to kind of bond and gel somehow at this time of year at Christmas. They're a different kind of community from our community," said Nani Akeo, Waimanalo.

The Kailua families aren't affiliated with any group or organization.  They're just people looking to do a good thing.  They had organized similar parties the past three years at Waimanalo Beach Park, but this is the first time here.

"I believe it is our social responsibility. I believe when you are fortunate and you have a healthy family and there is love all around you it is important to spread that.  It's as easy at that. It's being human and making sure you are doing something nice for someone else," said Ruthie Kaminskas, Kailua.

"As long as we help others and give to each other we're all the same people," said Hau'oli Akeo, 14, Waimanalo.

And that's the Holiday spirit that brings people together.

"I hope they come back because it's been fun spending time with them playing games and eating together. I hope they come back," said Hau'oli Akeo.

"Yes. Love to be here annually for sure," said Kaminskas. 

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