Following many anxious moments of waiting, Santa and Mrs. Claus appeared Friday at Santa’s House at Kukui Grove Center.
“It’s in the magazine,” said Mrs. Claus, taking a moment from catching up on the latest events to speak to the media. “Yes, even Santa has an official magazine. There’s a column for Mrs. Claus, too. And it is published in the North Pole. See the credits?”
With the arrival of the holiday couple, Santa’s House at Kukui Grove is open with a new socially-distanced format during this year of the pandemic.
Photos are self service and are free, with the option of having Santa in the background with Santa’s House, or an optional sleigh with Mrs. Claus.
Keiki visits with Santa are by appointment only, available at kukuigrovecenter.com/events/santas-house/. All visitors will be subject to temperature checks, and face masks must be worn by all family members over 2 years old per the recommendation of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is also no physical contact permitted with Santa or Mrs. Claus, who also don face masks.
Additionally, only one family of up to five members will be allowed inside Santa’s House at one time for a 10-minute visit before the facility is sanitized.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are available for visits from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Additionally, the Holiday Light Show that debuts this weekend is adjusted for the pandemic. Instead of the long show, a single number will air every 30 minutes. Spectators are reminded that face masks must be worn, and social distancing will be observed.
The Candy Cane selfie stations are also available for holiday photos.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.