Usher in holidays at Old Wailuku Inn

The living room of the historic inn on High Street in Wailuku will set a festive stage for the Lei of Aloha Eleven event on Saturday. The Old Wailuku Inn photo

The living room of the historic inn on High Street in Wailuku will set a festive stage for the Lei of Aloha Eleven event on Saturday. The Old Wailuku Inn photo

For the 11th consecutive year, The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono will present its annual open house celebrating the start of the holidays.

The Lei of Aloha Eleven, which is also the major annual fundraiser for Hokulani Holt’s halau hula, Pa’u O Hi’iaka, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the inn.

The ticket price of $40 includes a tour of the historic, award-winning bed and breakfast inn, an afternoon filled with hula, Hawaiian music, readings of Don Blanding’s poems, a light lunch and beverages. Lei and wreath making will be done on-site with finished products available for sale.

A beautiful Hawaiian Country Store will be stocked with special gift items, many of them handmade by halau members and friends.

The theme of this year’s event is “The Spirit of Christmas.” Innkeeper Janice Fairbanks goes all out decorating the inn and displays many Santa Clauses from her collection of more than 600.

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is located at 2199 Kahookele Street (corner of High St.). Free parking and shuttle service is available at the County of Maui parking lot nearby.

For tickets, call Sally Cool at 264-1820 or email her at shoopiicool@gmail.com.

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