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City Holiday Wreath Contest: Merry Momi

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Composed of 1,500 celluloid pearl guitar picks and a hand-painted mermaid, Taryn Arakaki’s “A Pearly Picks Christmas Under the Sea” won Best in Show.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    With a needle, Wendy Kamai shaped balls of wool felt into sea creatures and a treasure chest in “Hohonua Kai (Ocean Depths).”

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    For “Wreath-cycle,” Mela Edrada recycled 25 plastic bottles into poinsettias and a bow.

On a wreath the size of a lifesaving ring, a hand-painted mermaid, her tail shimmering with mother-of-pearl guitar-pick scales, hangs pearls on her seaweed tree. Made by Taryn Arakaki, sheset a mood of undersea enchantment that pervaded this year’s City and County of Honolulu holiday wreath contest. The walls of Honolulu Hale’s Lane Gallery were decked with Arakaki’s wreathand those of the 77 other entrants for the annual event. Read more

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