Honolulu Star Bulletin (12/19/98)
By Ray Pendleton
Photos by HoloHolo Hawai`i Ocean Sports News
Looking for a way to put a little Christmas spirit back into your over-hyped and under-funded holidays?
Perhaps attending one of tonight's two big Christmas boat parades on Oahu just might do the trick.
In the Hawaii Kai Marina, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., its community association will sponsor its second annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade and Marina-front Home Lighting Show.
"The event will feature 40 decorated boats parading through the marina," association representative Anne Murata said. "And, Hawaii Kai Towne Center, Koko Marina Center and Hawaii Kai Shopping Center - all co-sponsors of the parade - will have special, free, holiday entertainment for the parade viewers."
Judging of the colorful parade entrants will be at 6 p.m. at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, with KITV 4's Kathy Moneno as master of ceremonies. The Honolulu Symphony's Brass Quintet will provide holiday music throughout the evening.
At the Koko Marina Center, the Islanders musical group, featuring legendary Sonny Kamahele, will move from restaurant to restaurant singing holiday songs.
KRATER Radio's Chris Reiser will hosting trivia games and awarding prizes, and Santa Claus will be strolling the center, giving away candy canes and taking Christmas wishes from kids of all ages.
Free boat rides around the marina will be offered by Snuba of Oahu from the Koko Marina Center, for a spectacular, up-close view of the lights and parade.
The Hawaii Kai Shopping Center will feature Kaiser High School's Brass Ensemble playing seasonal selections that will add to the parade's visual enjoyment.
The Honolulu Christmas Boat Parade, the other waterfront light show, is scheduled tonight from 6 to 8, and it will run from the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor to Honolulu Harbor, and back.