Happy Holidays from Hawaii News Now

  A special holiday reunion — made possible by the kindness of strangers

  Sales of firecrackers kick off — as officials grapple with uptick in illegal fireworks

  'It’s paradise’: Crowds head to the beach, trails for a sunny Christmas Day in Hawaii

PHOTOS: See images of Christmas celebrations from around the world

  Volunteers distribute hundreds of Christmas meals, gift baskets to homebound seniors

  ‘Best Christmas present’: Hawaii soldiers return home early from Middle East deployment

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These Christmas babies are heading home from the hospital in stockings

There’s no trash collection on Christmas. Here’s what else is closed

Secret Santas: Charity buys and erases past-due medical debt

  ‘It was crazy’: Holiday rush in full swing at airports across the state

If you’re heading to the airport this weekend, here’s a tip: Go early

  At this very special Christmas store, no money is accepted — just goodwill and cheer

Here’s which post offices will be open Christmas Eve

Good news, procrastinators!

  Thanks to the kindness of strangers, hundreds of those in need pick up presents for under the tree

"It allows those who are struggling temporarily just to be able to supply something for their kids.”

  Classics rule the list of top 10 most popular Christmas songs

When it comes to Christmas tunes, many listeners stick with the classics.

  Holiday reminder: Monday is the deadline to ship your presents to the mainland

To make sure your packages get to their destination before Christmas, the USPS put out a list of suggested shipping dates for Hawaii.

PHOTOS: Festive furry friends wait for Santa Paws

With holidays in full swing, police warn residents about ‘porch pirate’ dangers

  Friday is National Free Shipping Day

Forecast: Sunday’s a perfect day for a Jingle Rock Run

Grab your cocoa! Forecast calls for crisp conditions for Festival of Lights parade

Deaf Santa gives children a chance to say what they want for Christmas in American Sign Language

Kapolei City Lights celebration delights crowds with tree lighting, parade and games

Kapolei Hale's holiday lighting ceremony will be this Satuday, Dec. 8.

Heart-healthy options sought for new holiday food drive

The Hawaii Food Bank and The American Heart Association want to help those in need be healthy.

Don’t want to end up on the naughty list? Here’s when you should mail those Christmas gifts

Postal workers will deliver around 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s Honolulu City Lights festivities

The annual Honolulu City Lights Parade will take place Dec. 1

Forget the chocolate: Advent calendars go for booze, cheese

Typically filled with chocolates, advent calendars are now being stuffed with cans of beer, bottles of wine and chunks of cheese

A local middle school played a role in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree

Surrounding the main tree are 56 smaller trees – one with a tie to the islands.

PHOTOS: It must be the holidays! Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele are back at Honolulu Hale

On Tuesday, crews placed the 21-foot Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele on the grounds of city hall.

  Amazon has record-breaking holiday shopping weekend

This year's Cyber Monday was once again the single biggest shopping day in the company's history.

  Report: Shortage of Christmas trees this year

It's a symbol of the Christmas season, but this year a noble fir may be hard to come by.

  How you can donate on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is here, and here's how you can find a non profit that needs donations or some volunteers.

  Want Santa to answer your child’s letter? The Postal Service can make it happen

You can get your child's letter returned with proof it reached the North Pole.

  Salvation Army’s Angel Tree campaign brings holiday cheer to families in need

People have the chance to provide gifts requested by children and the elderly who otherwise, might not get anything on Christmas morning.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Check out the Christmas expo

More than 400 local vendors are selling handcrafted items and yummy treats.

  Colorful Christmas trees are a thing, and ‘Mr. Christmas Tree’ is stocked up

At the center of it all is “Mr. Christmas Tree” himself, Richard Tajiri.

Adults want cozy, kids want gross: 4 holiday trends to watch

Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults while board games featuring fake poop and pimples are what kids want for the holidays.

  A ‘singing Christmas tree’ in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade had a special connection to Hauula

King’s Hawaiian wasn’t the only float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with Hawaii ties this year.

  Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Blaisdell for the state’s largest Thanksgiving meal

Folks started lining up long before doors opened at the Neal Blaisdell Center Thursday morning.

  The abomination that is ‘glitter turkey’ ... and other weird ways to cook your bird

For the Instagram set — or maybe just adventurous cooks — Reynolds Kitchens has come out this year with some turkey recipes that are a little ... out there.

  More than 40% of Americans feel pressure to overspend on holiday gifts

Parents and middle-income families are more likely to experience holiday pressure to spend more.

  Spicing up Thanksgiving with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos turkey

It’s pretty much like preparing a regular turkey, but with a zesty crunchy coating.

  Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, it’s already snowing atop Mauna Kea

The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) captured the conditions Sunday.

Deck the halls! City harvests 80-foot Norfolk Pine for annual holiday tree

The tree is estimated to be more than 40 years old.