Over 400 people gathered at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin on Sunday, Dec. 8 to build gingerbread houses at Easter Seals Hawaii’s 12th Annual Gingerbread Family Festival in Hilo, raising money for the nonprofit’s programs and services for those with developmental disabilities and special needs.
A total of 195 gingerbread house kits were sold. In addition to building gingerbread houses, this year’s event in Hilo included a community competition where attendees could watch local businesses compete to create the best gingerbread house.
Overall sales and number of attendees on Oahu, Maui and Kauai’s Gingerbread Family Festivals were equally high.
Statewide, Easter Seals Hawaii sold over 1,100 kits and the events attracted over 4,300 attendees including families, staff, volunteers and corporate competition teams.
The 2013 Easter Seals Hawaii Gingerbread Family Festival was presented by The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation with title sponsorship from Safeway and CVS/Longs Drugs.
For more information, visit eastersealshawaii.org.