Christmas light show in Waikele celebrates 20 years

Published On: Nov 29 2012 05:09:32 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 12 2012 11:32:14 AM HST
WAIPAHU, Hawaii -

The Yoshida family in Waikele is celebrating 20 years of having a Christmas Light Show.

You can find it on Anapau Place.  The Yoshida family is accepting donation to help bring holiday cheer to children of families trying to transition out of being homeless.  Last year, donations were accepted and used to purchase clothes, games and toys for 50 children of the Next Step Shelter in Kakaako.

It started 20 years ago with a few strands of lights hanging on the lanai balcony which took all but 15 minutes to set up.  They had to take the 100-bulb light stand out of the box and find an extension cord to plug it in.

As the Yoshida familiy grew, so did the Christmas light display which has now became a family project that starts sometime in July.

There's a lot that needs to take place before the first bulb is hung -- planning, drawing, building and programming all start four months before.

The Christmas light show is comprised of more than a mile of electrical wiring and 20,000 lights all controlled by a computer that orchestrates the lights to "dance" to music broadcasted to your car radio.

Most of the lights are custom-built to work specifically with unique hardware and software that control the show and LED lights are used to significantly reduce power consumption.

The light show is powered 100 percent by the sun as a photovoltaic system produces more than enough electricity during the day to power the entire light show all night!

The light show has many different songs and runs about an hour before it repeats.  If you don't want to listen to the music in your car, you can also enjoy hearing the music closer to the house.

The Waikele Christmas Light Show runs daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  It will run to 11 p.m. as it gets closer to Christmas Day.


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