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  • John Barnette

Noel on Noelo Street!

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

If you ask anyone in America for their take on 2020, undoubtedly you’ll hear that it has been a really tough year. But as we come down to the final stretch of what could be described as one of the longest 365 days in American history, it is important to take a moment to recognize the resolve of the human spirit. No matter the circumstances, people (irrespective of race, color, or creed) instinctively have an innate ability to rise above adversities and overcome even the most difficult of situations. To these people, the expression, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is more than just a cliché that encourages optimism and positivity in the face of life’s challenges. On the contrary, to these people, this expression is a way of life.

Never has this notion been more apparent than on Noelo Street, the main access road to a residential subdivision located in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Despite the effects of a raging pandemic, despite multiple Government lockdowns, despite massive layoffs, despite business closures and ongoing political rhetoric, despite personal financial struggles, despite every other reason imaginable to be a Grinch this year, the residents of Noelo Street have decided to make lemonade.

The word Noelo (pronounced nŏ-ĕ'-lo, nowelo) in the Hawaiian language means “to search for wisdom in order to reach a right conclusion.” The residents of Noelo Street embody this definition to the fullest as they have justly concluded to display their Christmas spirit notwithstanding the many challenges of 2020.

Up and down the street, visitors from far and near can witness the extravagant parade of ornaments, lights, and Christmas characters that permeate the yards, trees, and homes of the Noelo Street residents. This outward exhibition of talent and creativity is the realization of an inner conviction to not be defeated. And as the pictures depict, it is a significant reminder that hope is truly in the eyes of the beholder.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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