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Halawa-Aiea jammed with football fans, last-minute shoppers

Breeana Kamakeeaina Breeana Kamakeeaina
Fred Paine Fred Paine

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - From the Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium to Christmas shopping at nearby Pearlridge Center, tens of thousands of people jammed into the Halawa-Aiea area Wednesday.

Just a few hours left until Christmas. Malls like Pearlridge Center were buzzing with activity.

Time is quickly running out. Breeana Kamakeeaina has her list. She's checking it twice. Her last-minute shopping strategy is more naughty than nice.

"Speed walk, nah. Cut in lines," the Kaneohe resident said while smiling.

There are long lines and piles of purchases at T&C Surf. With shopping bags on one arm and her purse on the other, Mary Durrett stays focused.

"I'm feeling really good," the Kapolei resident said. "I'm feeling kind of stupid 'cause I waited so long. But I have a couple of, you know, daughters I gotta get clothes for."

Loyal husbands and fathers sit and wait patiently.

Considering the current economic climate, Pearlridge officials are delighted by this season's turnout.

"In the last 10 days, things have been fantastic, I mean, really, really strong," Fred Paine, Pearlridge general manager, said. "Parking lots have been filling up and lots of people with lots of shopping bags walking throughout the mall."

Roxy, 6, and Jade, 3, are helping mom find the perfect gift for dad. On their wish list?

"A bike and toys. A lot of toys," Roxy Dingle-Johnson said.

"You want to hold the mic yourself?" this reporter asked Jade Dingle-Johnson.

"Yeah," she replied.

"Okay, what do you want?" this reporter asked.

"I want toy Barbie," the three-year-old replied.

Pearlridge is closed Christmas Day. But like other shopping centers, it is looking forward to the after-Christmas rush.

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