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For some, Christmas means more work

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 25 2012 07:10:38 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 26 2012 06:51:17 AM HST

Working on Christmas Day.

HONOLULU -

For most, Christmas means the closeness of friends and family. It's a day to relax and enjoy the comfort of home. But for some, the holiday means work.

Russell Mcguire's Christmas is filled with the joyful noise of the kitchen.

"We just want to provide a place where they can come in and eat dinner together as a family ... especially if they are staying in a hotel room," said Russel Mcquire with Giovanni Pastrami.

Like many businesses in Hawaii from restaurants to surf shops, they cater to tourists. And tourism never takes a break.

"The business here is money, and the money is coming in, it's not going to stop on Christmas and we are here to show them a good time," said Duncan Hildreth with Ty Gurney Surf School.

Surfer Hildreth said it's not so bad working on the holiday, he's been booked all morning, and there's always that Christmas spirit.

"They tend to be more merry for sure. They are always saying Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas," said Hildreth.

Still, holiday reminders like festive hats do make some dream of ditching work.

"When I see families all together it makes me want to leave my booth," said Camille Onat with Wyndham Timeshares.

But they stick it out to bring a jolly Christmas to others.

"You guys want a brochure of the shopping complex?" Onat asked to potential customers passing by.

"This has all the decorations and everything it's got that kind of atmosphere," said customer Reid Shimabukuro.

Spreading holiday cheer, in the spirit of the season.

"Smiling as much as I possibly can and we got Christmas music on today," said Mcquire.

There were definitely a lot of smiles in Waikiki, and some employers said they saw about three times more customers on Tuesday than on a regular day.

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