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From far or near, Santa Claus remains close to the heart

  • MENGSHIN LIN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Aria Larkins, 4, hugs Santa at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.

    MENGSHIN LIN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Aria Larkins, 4, hugs Santa at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.

  • COURTESY PHOTO
                                Khyroe Sale signed with Deaf Santa at a past Pearlridge Center event. This year’s appearance will be held Thursday morning at the former Toys “R” Us building on the corner of Pali Momi Street and Moanalua Road.

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    Khyroe Sale signed with Deaf Santa at a past Pearlridge Center event. This year’s appearance will be held Thursday morning at the former Toys “R” Us building on the corner of Pali Momi Street and Moanalua Road.

  • MENGSHIN LIN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Santa, left, takes a photo with Pauline, 9, and Te’a, 7, at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.

    MENGSHIN LIN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Santa, left, takes a photo with Pauline, 9, and Te’a, 7, at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Five-year-old Ryan Yamamoto interacts with Santa (Isak Soerra) at Windward Mall.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Five-year-old Ryan Yamamoto interacts with Santa (Isak Soerra) at Windward Mall.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Santa (Isak Soerra) sits between Jeremiah Gonzalez, 3, and his brother Michael, 4, at Windward Mall.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Santa (Isak Soerra) sits between Jeremiah Gonzalez, 3, and his brother Michael, 4, at Windward Mall.

We all know the legend of Santa Claus and how, on Christmas Eve, he leaves his home at the North Pole and travels the globe on his reindeer-drawn sleigh distributing gifts and good cheer to children. Read more

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