Loved ones and strangers remember the infectious cheer of ‘Waikiki Santa’

Donald Boyce is arguably the best-known Santa in Hawaii. He started playing the role in the...
Donald Boyce is arguably the best-known Santa in Hawaii. He started playing the role in the 1960s. Every December he'd surf into Waikiki on an outrigger canoe.(Source: Hawaii News Now)
Published: Oct. 3, 2020 at 10:28 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man known as the Waikiki Santa has died.

Every Christmas for decades, Donald Boyce — with his real beard, and palaka outfit — would paddle into the shoreline on a canoe.

He visited many schools and shopping centers — and even published a book.

Boyce’s daughter says he he passed away at his Kailua home surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was 81 years old.

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