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For many, Christmas was a day at the beach

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  • Good Samaritans spread Christmas cheer to homeless in Kakaako

    Good Samaritans spread Christmas cheer to homeless in Kakaako

    Friday, December 25 2015 10:36 PM EST2015-12-26 03:36:33 GMT
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    The Herrera family of Mililani walked the streets of Kakaako this Christmas, giving toys and McDonald's hamburgers to the homeless families. They were among a handful of Good Samaritans giving back to those who need it.

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    The Herrera family of Mililani walked the streets of Kakaako this Christmas, giving toys and McDonald's hamburgers to the homeless families. They were among a handful of Good Samaritans giving back to those who need it.

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The waters off Waikiki looked more like a swimming pool. Dozens of tourists stretched out on floaties soaking up the sun. If it weren't for a few subtle reminders you might never know it was Christmas Day.

"It's really nice out here. It's perfect weather," said beach goer Dan Bailey.

"This is kind of like a Christmas present for all of us," added visitor Joel Coe.

The Coe family flew in from Atlanta. But before leaving, 3-year-old Jasmine made sure mom got in touch with someone very important.

"I had to make sure Santa knew where we were. That was key and Santa did drop off gifts for her," said Jessica Coe.

Down the street most businesses weren't taking the holiday off, instead catering to large crowds.

"As you can imagine my daughters do most of the shopping here," said visitor Tony Fuller.

"I really like Victoria's Secret and Forever 21 and just all the shops we don't get in New Zealand," said Lucy Fuller.

Whether folks were shopping or surfing, many times it was about finding a way to relax with family.

"I think that's the most important thing. I look back at the time I spent with my daughters and my wife you know it will be really special," said Tony Fuller.

Coe added, "Every year we've always gotten each other stuff.  Now we're trying to do a tradition I guess make memories instead of buy each other things."

 If you want to get out of the house and spend some of that Christmas money, Royal Hawaiian Center is open until 10 p.m. Christmas Day.

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