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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Junedel Castro, left, and her children, Ha'ani, 5, and Akivajon, 8, decorated their family Christmas tree with the cards the children made in anticipation of the return of Army Maj. Jerrold Castro (not shown) from deployment.
FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARADVERTISER.COM Kawika Chugg, one of many patients spending the holidays at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, listens as Mailani, pictured behind, performs.
FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARADVERTISER.COM Maddy Wisser, a patient at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, gets a lick from Tucker the therapy dog.
FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARADVERTISER.COM In the hospital's "Santa's Workshop," volunteer Hope Bravo gathers some gifts for the young patients.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Samantha Shekey will join the Christmas party at the Seaside Hawaiian Hostel along with other guests staying there.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Staff and guests of the Seaside Hawaiian Hostel in Waikiki make a holiday toast in the dining area. Top row: "Pedro," left, and Eman Aboo. Middle row: Richard Ross, left, Jaoa Fontele, Dennis Marshall and Kristy Turner. Bottom row: Chad Michael, left, owner Mark Smith and Nam Phan.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Army Maj. Jerrold Castro was serving in Iraq in the 25th Infantry Division.