Hawaiian Santa Dines and Sails on the Sea with Keiki

Outrigger’s Holiday happenings in Waikiki include beachfront breakfast, catamaran rides with Santa

HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII – Sailing across the waves, paddling to shore in an outrigger canoe and enjoying a beachside breakfast with Hawaiian Santa are among the numerous festivities planned this holiday season by Outrigger’s beachfront hotels in Waikiki.

This December, Outrigger Reef on the Beach and Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach have planned a series of holiday activities including breakfast with Hawaiian Santa, arts and crafts, holiday carols, tree lighting, wreath judging, storytelling and sailing on the sea with Santa.

Many of the events and activities are free and open to the public, with some open only to registered guests staying at the Outrigger Reef or Outrigger Waikiki hotels. Scheduled activities include:

Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 1, 6 p.m., Outrigger Reef Take part in an island-style tree lighting ceremony in the lobby, followed by festive holiday entertainment. Free and open to the public.

Hawaiian Ornament Making
December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon, Outrigger Waikiki December 11 to 15, 10 a.m.-12 noon, Outrigger Reef Make your own Hawaiian ornament — a great souvenir of your Hawaiian holiday vacation. All materials provided.
Open to hotel guests only; free.

Christmas Cookie Decorating, December 6, 13 and 20, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Outrigger Waikiki Sweet cookies, frosting and candies make for an “edibly”
enjoyable activity. Open to hotel guests only; free.

Santa Sails to Waikiki, December 9, 9:30 a.m., Outrigger Waikiki Welcome the world’s most famous elf as he arrives via outrigger canoe at Waikiki Beach in front of the Outrigger Waikiki hotel. Santa’s arrival will be followed by hula dancing, music and a special photo session at the hotel. Free and open to the public.

Breakfast with Hawaiian Santa, December 17-23, Outrigger Reef Enjoy beachside dining at the Shorebird Restaurant with Hawaii’s version of St.
Nick. The reasonably priced breakfast buffet is $11.95 per adult, $7.95 per child 4 to 9 years old, and free for youngsters up to 3 years old.
Reservations required: 808-922-2887.

Gingerbread Contest, December 18, 2 p.m., Outrigger Waikiki The merchants and restaurants at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach will showcase their sweet artistic creations in the hotel lobby. The public is welcome to view the gingerbread entries from December 18 to 22, 2006.

Employee Christmas Wreath Contest, December 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Outrigger Reef Each year, Outrigger Reef employees get into the spirit of the season, crafting and displaying their original holiday wreaths in the lobby. Guests and public can join the fun by voting for their favorite wreath.

Sailing with Santa, December 20, 10 a.m., Outrigger Reef A special opportunity for keiki (children) to enjoy riding with Santa, not in his sleigh but across the sea on the Outrigger Catamaran. This 30-minute sail along Waikiki Beach is not to be missed. This children’s activity is free, but seats are limited and advance reservations are required by signing up at the hotel’s Ho’okipa Desk by 4 p.m. on December 19. Open to registered Outrigger Reef guests only.

Ornament Making for Children, December 20, 11 a.m., Outrigger Reef Children are invited to make and take home their own island-style Christmas ornaments. All materials provided. Open to hotel guests only; free.

Hawaiian Christmas Storytelling, December 20, 1 p.m., Outrigger Reef Outrigger Reef on the Beach’s very own general manager, Elliot Mills, takes a break from his usual duties to share Christmas tales with guests. Free and open to the public.

Kalikimaka Mele, December 22, 11 a.m., Outrigger Reef Enjoy a special Hawaiian Show presented by island kupuna (elders) in the hotel lobby, alongside eggnog and holiday cookies, courtesy of Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Luana Maitland, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, at 808-924-6007, or Ethan Chang, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, at 808-921-9731.

The Outrigger Reef on the Beach is located directly on legendary Waikiki Beach, in an area the ancient Hawaiians called Kawehewehe (Healing Waters).
The 858-room property offers a wide range of restaurants, shops and services including a 5,000-square-foot day spa, complimentary Hawaiian Vow Renewal Ceremony on the beach twice a week, and twice-weekly complimentary Hawaiian-style exercise program on the beach. Amenities include baggage services (fees apply) and an on-site Hawaiian Airlines check-in kiosk.

The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach is a deluxe and gracious Hawaiian hotel located directly on the sands of world-famous Waikiki Beach. The 525-room property features the rooftop Waikiki Plantation Spa; three restaurants including the famed Duke’s Canoe Club, Chuck’s Steakhouse and Hula Grill Waikiki; the Society of Seven cabaret show, shops, meeting rooms, self-service business center and exceptional displays of Hawaiian artifacts and artwork. Guests are welcome to enjoy such on-property amenities as free high-speed Internet access, free long-distance domestic telephone calls, baggage services (fees apply), and Hawaiian Airlines check-in kiosk.

Room reservations or general information about the hotels is also available by calling toll free 800-OUTRIGGER (1-800-688-7444) within the United States, Guam and Canada. Outrigger’s toll-free number is available internationally via AT&T’s Direct 800 Service. Elsewhere call direct to
303-369-7777 (long distance charges apply), or visit www.outriggerreef.com or www.outriggerwaikiki.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

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