Hanama‘ulu holidays glow brightly

HANAMA‘ULU — Bright pockets of light sparkle in areas where darkness would normally shroud homes.

These are the homes where occupants celebrate the holidays with a display of brilliant, colorful lights that break up the expanse of blackness.

The Hanama‘ulu Neighborhood Association recognizes this tradition that dates back to the heyday of plantation lifestyles, and in an effort at perpetuating this colorful tradition, is hosting a Holiday Light Contest this year.

According to a rules sheet from Pauline Ibia, committee head in charge of judges, every home in Hanama‘ulu is eligible to enter with the exception of the association officers.

A panel of judges from the island community will be judging the displays during the week of Dec. 14 through 18 between the hours of 6 through 9 p.m. so residents are reminded to keep their displays illuminated during that time.

The public, of course, will have the opportunity to do drive-bys to view the efforts of the residents between now and Christmas.

Houses will be eligible for cash prizes in two categories, the rules sheet states. These include a Best Theme Display as well as Best Use of Lights.

Although the deadline for residents to submit applications has passed, Ibia is suggesting that every home that is decorated is eligible for the judging.

Category prize winners are eligible to receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.


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