, the City Hall in downtown Honolulu, is the focal point for the decorating of O'ahu at Christmas time (hale, pronounced "hah-lay", means "house" or "home").
Outside the doors of Honolulu Hale stands a large lighted Christmas tree. There are also some decorations with a Hawai'i flavor, such as the over-sized barefooted Santa giving a shaka
(better known outside of Hawai`i as a "hang loose" sign) and with his wife Tutu Mele (formerly known as Mrs. Claus? You may notice that Tutu Mele is making a fashion statement by wearing a red mu'umu'u with a hibiscus design, a Hawaiian Heritage bracelet and wedding ring, a kukui nut lei, and a bright red hibiscus in her hair.)
Inside Honolulu Hale there is a large red carpet with a number of potted poinsettia plants along the path. There are also several Christmas trees that have been decorated by city employees. Some of these trees have a theme connected with a specific branch of the city, such as the tree decorated this year by the firemen that has ornaments which include a yellow fire-hose and helmets and an ax.
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