Christmas Tales At Kahala Mall

Chris Fleck
Wednesday - December 21, 2011
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Keith Haugen

Award-winning shortstory writer and storyteller Keith Haugen will celebrate the holidays with a special performance at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve at Kahala Mall.

He will recite eight to 10 stories and poems Saturday, including A Cruel Joke (about a Hawaiian Santa who believes his good work might have been copied by Santa Claus) and His First Real Christmas (a young immigrant boy who knew nothing about the Christian holiday, but is moved to do the right thing).

Haugen teaches at Star of the Sea School and created its Na Hoku choir in 1993, but he’s been an inspired writer since he was a child.

“I still remember the first of my writings that was published in a local weekly paper when I was in fifth grade,” he said. “I’ve been a writer, poet and songwriter ever since.”

He worked as a reporter and photographer for the U.S. Army and has been a sports editor, bureau chief, columnist, entertainment editor, police reporter and more for a variety of publications including the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He also served on Gov. George Ariyoshi’s staff and taught music at the University of Hawaii.

In his spare time, Haugen writes stories that celebrate the spirit of Christmas in a fun way. In fact, he has more ideas than he has time to write.

“I used to categorize them, from ‘bus stop poems’ short poems that I wrote in a matter of minutes while waiting for the bus to what I call ‘epics’ longish poems. I have many that I’ve started and put on a back burner to finish later.”

For more details, call Kahala Mall at 732-7736.

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