By Léo Azambuja

Left to right, Shaylyn Kimura, Iolana Pereira, Roxanne Belmonte and Halia Pereira

Good things should last. At Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Christmas lasted for three weeks. The hospital’s staff, residents and volunteers welcomed the community during the 2nd Mahelona Memorial Hospital’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 4. The lights in the courtyard stayed on until Christmas, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Hundreds who came enjoyed entertainment by Kapa‘a Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band, Micah Saulibio and his trumpet, violinist Kim McDonough, Showtime characters and more. There were also free cookies, popcorn, cotton candy and hot chocolate for everyone.

Josie Pablo, the hospital’s regional director of Recreational Therapy Department, said the event was also an opportunity for hospital residents to interact with the community.