The King of Kings is born

The nativity scene is returning again to Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

For the second straight year, the church on Kapaa Bypass Road will hold its live display from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and Saturday.

Guests can take the circular drive through to view stations that tell the story of Christ’s birth, which will be followed by a program.

“We did this for the first time last year and we had a good response,” said Pastor Bob Hallman. “People were begging for us to do it again.”

People used to drive around the island to view holiday lighting displays, he said, and not as many do that anymore with the cost of electricity, which could be part of the reason the display was so popular.

Visitors can drive by the Roman census taker’s station, the Bethlehem Inn that had no room for Joseph and Mary, the Three Wise Men and the shepherds making the announcement that the kings of kings was born.

“We want people to come see us,” said Nathan Pearl, youth director. “It should be a fun few days.”

Those who stay can see a live drama with music inside and activities for children.

About 100 church members, or half the congregation, are involved in the project. The gates open at 6:30 tonight and people can drive by the live nativity stations until 8 p.m. The tent activities will run until 8:30 p.m.

A dozen or so men and women constructed the stations on Sunday.

Inside the church tent on Sunday, there were dozens more getting things ready for the rest of the events that will take place.

Malie Delacruz, church administrator and drama director, said this year they are adding the mini-drama, along with children’s activities to include arts and crafts and singing. The mini-drama will include music and a cast of 15 actors, with a hula and keiki choir with the song, “Oh, Holy Night.”

“The people here just want to bless the community and telling this story is all part of our outreach,” Delacruz said. 

Aaron Drake will play Joseph and Jessica Meek will play Mary. Her father, Chuck Meek, will play a Roman soldier who issues the proclamation for the census in Nazareth.

Kea Nacolatabua is the narrator and will also portray one of the three kings. There were no speaking roles in the first year and this will bring a new element to the experience, he said.

Gabriel Susen will play the angel Gabriel. 

“They wanted a big guy with a big voice to play the angel and so here I am,” Susen said.

Ben Clawson plays the drums for the weekend service but will run the spotlights for this production. He said it is his first Christmas on Kauai. Being away from home, this project is a great way to get in the spirit of things.

“This is my first time on this production, and my first Kauai Christmas,” Clawson said.

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