It is not hard to imagine Santa relaxing in the Hawaii sand after his world travels. But this is a Santa MADE of sand, along with Mrs. Clause. The sand sculpture celebrates a unique island twist on Christmas and a love of the beach. It is one of three Santa-inspired sand sculptures designed by World Champion Sand Sculptor Thomas Koet and his partner Jill Harris that are now on display at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The seven foot sculptures are constructed purely with water and sand — 20 tons of sand! Each took four days to complete. They combine to share the story of Santa coming to Hawaii for a relaxing holiday. One sculpture begins the story with Santa preparing for his trip, another shows Santa and Mrs. Clause arriving in Waikiki being greeted with the spirit of aloha, and the final is Santa and Mrs. Clause enjoying a nice day by the water.

“We have a chance to incorporate the local culture into our art here in Hawaii,” said Koet. “We don’t get to do that anywhere else in the world.”

The sculptures will remain on display until the first week of January, so if you are on Oahu swing by for some only-in-Hawaii photos before Sand Santa returns to the beach.

(Thanks to the Sheraton Waikiki for providing these photos.)

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