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STAR-ADVERTISER FILE Gene DiCicco as Santa making his annual visit by canoe to the Halekulani hotel in 2004
MEGAN SPELLMAN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Retired rose grower Gene DiCicco, pictured at home in Kona with his wife, Mary, has celebrated Christmas with his family at the Halekulani since 1983 and has been Santa at the hotel for the past 11 years.
MEGAN SPELLMAN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Gene DiCicco at home in Kona