Give a little

Students from Le Jardin Academy and Punahou School are partnering to help families of students at Olomana School by collecting blankets, towels, slippers, hygiene products, detergent, paper towels, sponges, gift cards ($5 – $10 value), healthy snacks, young-adult fiction (new or gently used books), and baskets, bows and ribbons to make gift baskets festive. Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at Le Jardin Academy. Sounds like a teachable moment and a good break in the midst of the holiday gimmes. Visit


Turtle Bay is Santa central

Turtle Bay Resort is embracing its merry spirit with a wide array of activities celebrating the season. From Dec. 14-25, there will the kayak tours in Santa hats at 7:30 and 9 a.m. Breakfast with Santa Dec. 16 and 23. A Winter Wonderland Night Market with craft vendors, bouncy houses, games and more on Dec. 15. And reindeer rides Dec. 20-27. Visit for more information, reservations and prices.


Snow day

Satisfy your dreams of a white Christmas at Mililani Shopping Center on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. The neighborhood’s holiday parade starts at 9 a.m. and ends at the shopping center, where there will be a Snow Play Zone, crafts, games and visits with Santa. A new, unwrapped toy or book or a cash donation to Toys for Tots gets you entrance to the Snow Play Zone fun 8 tons of snowy ice. Visit

History lesson

Consider taking the kids for a trip back in time at the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center. Visitors can experience the attack on Battleship Row, explore the deck of the Arizona prior to the attack and tour the Arizona Memorial through the VR headsets. The experience costs $4.95 and is available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. For a preview, visit