By Laura Bratcher, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and RecreationDecember 10, 2010
ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Snow fell, here, Saturday.
Keiki wearing summer shorts and sandals jumped right into the piles of snow, specially brought in for the 14th Annual Holiday Fun Fest.
The event was organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and drew in more than 1,000 visitors.
Kathy Giannetti, chief, Community Recreation Programs, FMWR, said the snow was received with "awe and amazement. The kids were so excited it was hard to get them to wait until we could spread it out."
A holiday parade, including canines decked out in their finest holiday attire, kicked off the celebration.
Later, students from the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited entertained the crowd. Also, children could test their arts and crafts skills by assembling gingerbread houses and other holiday crafts.
For those who had not mailed their lists to the North Pole yet, Santa listened to children's wish lists and posed for pictures with them.
Door prizes brought smiles to children's faces, along with performances by singer Jaylin Banks and Schofield Barracks' teen band, Delayed Resistance.
Smiles and laughter could be seen and heard, as the community enjoyed the celebration.
"I think the snow was a great addition to the annual Holiday Fun Fest," Giannetti said. "You could tell from the smiles and laughter that they were having a great time playing in the snow under the Hawaiian sun."