First photo: Hui Lanakila Halau’s Caitlin Moore, first photo, performs hula to “Jingle Bells” during Friday evening’s tree lighting ceremony at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s 27th annual Tree Lighting Celebration in Wailea. The 25-foot Christmas tree in the lobby features 23,000 lights and took a team of 12 more than four days to set up and decorate. Also performing in the Wailea hotel’s lobby Friday were the Maui Okinawa Taiko Drummers. As part of the fifth annual Tree of Hope campaign, families and individuals are collecting donations at the Front Desk or Willow Stream Spa to benefit the Maui Food Bank’s Aloha Backpack Buddies program, which provides six meals for schoolchildren below the poverty line to take home for the weekend.
Third photo: Gingerbread houses entered in the Kea Lani’s Gingerbread Hale Contest exhibit a variety of building techniques Friday. The overall winner was Tyler Lee.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos
The Sabers’ Dzana Alibegic controls a first-half ball between Na Alii’s Teani Arakawa (right) and Sheylyn Ranis.
Maui High School’s Lauren Mitra charges a first-half ball in front of King Kekaulike’s Sarah Fusato during the Sabers’ 1-0 victory over Na Alii in a Maui Interscholastic League game Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
King Kekaulike’s Nyasia Martinez (right) and Maui High’s Kiley Andricopoulos compete for a first-half ball Wednesday.
Lt. Gov.-elect Josh Green poses for a photo in Honolulu with the Hawaii State Capitol in the background on Nov. 28. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green has appointed a former carpenters’ union official to be his chief of staff months after a super PAC funded by the union spent over $1 million supporting his candidacy in the Democratic Party primary. AP photo
Nicholas Slot talks to Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae on Wednesday morning in 2nd Circuit Court. Slot was found guilty of robbing a student of his iPad at Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina last year. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo