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At Christmas, Castle is all aglow


Castle Medical Center’s (CMC) 31st annual community Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 2. Colorful decorations, bright lights, holiday concerts, and trolley rides make this beloved Windward tradition a must-attend event for all O‘ahu residents. Here are some highlights of the event that you won’t want to miss:

  • Kicking off the festivities at 6:15 p.m., a pre-ceremony Christmas concert by the Marine Forces Pacific Band.
  • At 7 p.m., the formal ceremony that includes special music, the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Santa.
  • At 7:30 p.m., a special holiday concert by multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Weldon Kekauoha.
  • Holiday lights and decorations on our At Christmas, Castle is all aglow campus and trolley rides into Kailua to see the Christmas lights.
  • Photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Nana Bear.
  • Activities for the children.
  • Free popcorn, Christmas cookies and beverages (while they last).

Plan to pack a picnic supper to enjoy on the lawn with your family and arrive at CMC early. Light meal options will also be available for purchase at The Bistro tent.

Rockin’ around the tree: Weldon Kekauoha!

Lauded by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Weldon Kekauoha’s music has been turning heads in Hawai‘i’s music scene since 1998.

Kekauoha grew up with an instrument in his arms and a head full of inventive lyrics that, coupled with his lifelong training, makes for gentle, rich and innovative music. Vivid, nostalgic melodies materialize out of his musical arrangements, which alternate between achingly soulful and seductively alluring. His perceptive lyrics cut through clichés and deliver truth.

Among his accolades, Kekauoha counts numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards that include Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Favorite Entertainer. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014.

He’s performed throughout Japan and the United States, and most recently, he shared the stage with such diverse artists as Keali‘i Reichel and Natalie Ai-Kamau‘u.

Kekauoha lives on the Windward side of O‘ahu. He plays regularly with guitarist Jack Ofoia and bassist Alika-boy Kalauli IV.

Parking and shuttle advisory

  • Event parking is at the Kailua Long’s parking structure.
  • Trolleys will run between the hospital and the Kailua Town Center (in front of Macy’s) beginning at 5 p.m.
  • No parking will be available on Manu Aloha Street (adjacent to Castle’s Emergency Department).