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Street showcases traditional light display

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

EWA BEACH (KHNL) - Whether it's devouring mouthfuls of tasty treats or last minute gift wrapping, everyone has their Christmas Eve rituals.

But in one Ewa Beach neighborhood, checking out a slew of holiday lights is the traditional hit of the season.

For a block of homes in the Ocean Pointe neighborhood, holiday lights are serious business. It takes a year a planning and weeks of preparation to finely detail decorations.

A tradition for four years, Kaiakua street in Ewa Beach is transformed into "Santa lane." That's where Anthony Hunt has seasonal decorations down to a science.

"I've been looking for something to go with the bells really nice," said Ewa Beach Resident Anthony Hunt.

It may not look like much now, but as darkness falls you discover the magic. This block of 13 homes illuminates, attracting audiences from all over. Big ones. Small ones and some that just seem to blend in.

"It really puts you in the holiday spirit, love to come every year," said Ewa Beach Resident Ann Bateman.

"We plan on coming here every time this time of year to see the lights because we know this is the best spot," said Ewa Beach Resident Chad Lally.

"You kind of relive your youth in the eyes of a child again," said Hunt.

Whether its repeat visitors or those checking out the unique displays for the first time, Hunt hopes families left feeling empty during these tough times, leave filled with the holiday spirit.

"You walk down the street and see families together you realize that hey, no matter how bad it gets, you always have your family there to love you," said Hunt.

Decorators when it comes to after Christmas clearance sales, they won't be looking for a new sweater or stereo, their focus will be hitting those half off decoration bins for next year.

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