When I suggested a Q&A for Generations Magazine, I didn’t expect that so many ku¯puna would be so shy! Mahalo to everyone willing to share their answers with me and our readers. Look out for my next column of “Ask a Kupuna” in the next issue. The question will be “Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day story to share?”

It’s that time of year when we fondly reminisce about family gatherings and vacations, so my question for this issue was:

“What is your favorite Christmas memory?”

Sharon M. (68) Honolulu
When the kids were young, we would have Christmas Eve family gathering. We would play games, eat onolicious food and Santa would visit and bring all the kids a gift. Just seeing their eyes light up with amazement when they opened their gift from Santa were happy times and special moments… Christmas spirit!!

SC Anderson (69) Honolulu
Over Christmas 2020, my mother visited me from Pennsylvania and we enjoyed several O‘ahu Christmas traditions: watching boat and marching band parades; partaking in a festive trolly ride; and visiting Honolulu Hale to see the decorations outside and the annual tree and wreath decorating contests inside of the building.

Nathan Y. (76) Ewa Beach
My special Christmas memory was when our daughter was in elementary school. We’d decorate the tree together, do lots of family photos with our dog… trying to get everyone looking at the camera simultaneously, stuff stockings with little goodies, and on Christmas morning we’d set up “Deal or No Deal” for her. She was so excited.

Alfred K. (94) Mililani
Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria was my favorite time. In many cities during the first week in December, there were booths for a craft fair, and seasonal food and drinks to enjoy. There were Christmas lights and decorations, with lots of fun music. There was also a Santa who climbed into buildings with gifts.

Call Sherry Goya at 808-722-8487 or email, sgoyallc@aol.com by November 20, 2023 to answer the “Ask a Kupuna” question for Jan/Feb 2024: “Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day story to share?” And if you have a question you’d like to suggest, feel free to do so!