Sand-Ta Claus has returned to the Sheraton Waikiki!

Sand-Ta Claus has returned to the Sheraton Waikiki!

Posted by Hawaiian Isles on 12/20/2018 to Best of Hawaii
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Sand-Ta Claus has returned to the Sheraton Waikiki!

Sandsational Sand Sculpting has carved yet another gigantic set of sand sculptures for the Sheraton Waikiki 

Visitors to the Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu will encounter literally tons of sand in the beachfront resort’s lobby. Surprisingly, it’s all there by design!

While St. Nick’s annual global journey is still a few days away, Sand-ta Claus is jump-starting the holiday action with gigantic and amazingly detailed sand sculptures.

Based in Melbourne, Florida, Sandsational Sand Sculpting has recently put the finishing touches on the second of two holiday sculptures at the iconic Waikiki resort. Completed on Nov. 10, the first installation is comprised of eight tons of sand sculpted into Santa dressed in his aloha shirt as he places gifts around a Christmas tree.

Thomas Koet and Jill Harris from Sandsational Sand Sculpting put the finishing touches on the massive, 25-ton sculpture in the Sheraton Waikiki’s porte cochere.  

In the Sheraton Waikiki’s porte cochere, a 25-ton sculpture depicts Santa and his Menehune (mythological dwarf people) loading his sleigh for a final stop in paradise. Sandsational’s Jill Harris and Thomas Koet spent more than 250 hours during a three-week period to complete the challenging design.

The first of two statues was completed on November 10th. It uses 8 tons of sand, and portrays Santa in his aloha shirt placing gifts around a Christmas tree.

Sandsational has been creating visually stunning masterpieces in the Sheraton Waikiki lobby since 2006.

Past sculptures have included a tribute to the Malama Honua voyage by the Hokulea canoe and a sculpture titled “Fireknife Dancers.” The latter depicts a Samoan warrior’s knife dance that is performed before battle with the nifo oti (tooth of death).

Here are a few of their past sculptures that showcase their amazing talent.

These sand sculptures are a huge draw for the thousands of guests visiting the Sheraton Waikiki for holiday events and gatherings. The pieces are expected to remain at the hotel through early 2019, when a new sculpture will be made in the lobby.

Other highlights have included Namaka, the sea goddess and older sister of fire goddess Pele, as well as a sculpture depicting Hawaiian storytelling.

According to Tom Calame, the hotel’s general manager, the Sheraton Waikiki remains the only hotel in Hawaii to feature sand sculptures of any kind. “Celebrating the holidays island style with our family and friends is what we do best at Sheraton Waikiki,” said Calame. Calame notes that the sand creations are an engaging way to accomplish this.

Mahalo to Jill Harris and Thomas Koet at Sandsational Sand Sculpting for letting us use your pictures!

We hope you enjoyed our little taste of Aloha! If you ever have any questions or story ideas, please e-mail us at [email protected]!


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