CHILDREN WAITING TO RECEIVE PRESENTS.
CHRISTMAS TREE LADEN WITH PRESENTS.
…two years ago, after discussion, they decided that it would be a fine thing to give presents to the children of this town, whereupon they collected money to purchase gifts and to do everything that would it enjoyable for them.
And in that spirit, the tree was again put up on that day for the children, and it was a joyous thing for those who gave the gifts, and at the close of his speech, he invited them to give three cheers, an invitation that was responded to from the children with enthusiasm.
At the close of the short speech from Judge Dole, Santa Claus appeared and came around shaking hands with the children; the small children were frightened, but for those who understood that he was a real person and not a spook, they happily shook hands with him.
In the beginning when the children started to move in line to where the presents were, the very first were the orphans of Kapiolani Home [Home Kapiolani], and to those baby girls of the home who were given the first time in the previous year, they were given first and following them, everyone else.
While the presents were being handed out, the rain began to fall with its gift for Christmas, at which point to sightseers headed for shelter to get out of the rain, and people with umbrellas took them out [uu], but within a short time, some people were soaked [peno], and because the presents could not be continued to be handed out, those remaining moved to the lanai of the Executive Building, and it was there that the remaining children received their gifts.
It was that rain that spoiled it [hokai] for everyone, but even if the children were soaked from the rain, they returned to their homes filled with happiness, because they received something nice which they could not get at home.
Overall, what is to be said about the Malihini Tree that was set up this year was that the public cannot hold back giving their admiration and appreciation to the people who gave their assistance in promoting this tree, for there is no other tree of this type in any other place of the world; it is only here in this Town and County of Honolulu, for the benefit of the poor children.
THE SIGHTSEERS SHIVERING WITH COLD [KUULULU] WHEN THE RAIN STARTED FALLING.
(Kuokoa, 12/30/1910, p. 5)