It may be a tropical paradise, but Oahu still gets into the holiday spirit with activities for adults and kids.
Through Jan. 2, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Waikiki is featuring a 24-foot-wide, 14-foot-tall edible winter wonderland. Executive Chef Ralf Bauer has incorporated familiar structures into his “Hawaii and the World, a Global Holiday Celebration” attraction.
It began a few years ago as a diorama drawn from memories of Bauer's childhood in Germany and has expanded for 2012 to include Paris’ Eiffel Tower and a Japanese pagoda.
Besides gingerbread, the village incorporates 50 pounds of white chocolate and 140 pounds of dark chocolate. To achieve the winter effects, Bauer used 250 gallons of icing, along with dustings of powdered sugar. A team of culinary experts worked about 800 hours to create the masterpiece.