Month-long festival at the Convention Center to Yamaguchi's foundation
The Hawaii Convention Center held a grand opening for its "Winter Wishes" Festival Friday.
The festival features multiple stages of live entertainment, local food, drink and craft stands, a projector with holiday movies playing and perhaps the biggest spectacle of all -- an ice rink.
The ice rink is 82 by 50 feet large and can accommodate up to 164 skaters.
Opening Friday's blessing was Olympic gold medal ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi's foundation, the Always Dream Foundation is receiving a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales.
Yamaguchi, with her foundation, aims to increase early childhood literacy in underserved communities. Always Dream is currently serving the following schools in Hawaii
- Linapuni Elementary, Honolulu
- Kalihi Kai Elementary, Honolulu
- Fern Elementary, Honolulu
- Puuhale Elementary, Honolulu
- Waiahole Elementary, Kaneohe
- Pope Elementary, Waimanalo
- Kalihi Elementary, Honolulu
- Malama Honua Charter School, Waimanalo
"Sixty percent of low income families don't have age-appropriate books in the home. We give them those books on a digital tablet. We're hoping to be in as many schools as we can here in Hawaii," said Yamaguchi.