Continuing a Holiday Tradition
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

52nd Annual Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade
NHCH proudly continued the tradition of hosting the Santa Float in this year’s 52nd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade on Saturday, December 1st.  NHCH has  held the honor of hosting the parade’s Santa Float since the hospital opened in 1996. 

“The hospital’s Medical Surgical Department took the lead on this year’s float décor which featured over 20 waving “elves” (a.k.a. hospital employees’ children), reindeer, and Santa in his sleigh with a huge red bag filled with wrapped presents,” says NHCH Event Coordinator, Laurie Edmondson.  “It was a magical night in Waimea.”

This year’s parade included over 900 people in the actual parade and 40 different floats, including Parker School, Mayor Billy Kenoi, Rotary Club of North Hawaii, HELCO, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and several area churches.  As always, the parade was well attended, with people saving their spots along the parade route as early as 8 a.m.  The parade started at 5:30 p.m. at Church Row in Waimea and ended at Waimea Park on Kawaihae Road and is the 2nd oldest parade in the state of Hawaii.

NHCH Employees Giving Back
The Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade partnered with the Big Island Giving Tree, an island-wide non-profit program that helps bring Christmas gifts that include household necessities, food, and new toys to working families in need.

Parade participants were asked to make a donation to the Big Island Giving Tree as their parade entry fee.  In addition, NHCH employees are supporting this program further by hosting a holiday food drive and asking fellow workers to donate canned goods and personal items to help over 40 families and individuals on Hawaii Island during the holidays.  “Hosting a food drive was a perfect way for us (NHCH employees) to help support our local community and assist families in need during the holidays,” says Skye Bergen, RN, and Clinical Leader at NHCH.     

Food drive items will be collected on December 20th by a Big Island Giving Tree representative so they can be delivered to families in time for the holidays.  For more information on the Big Island Giving Tree, please contact Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239.