Dining & Entertainment

Holiday Dining


The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani will feature the Hawaii and the World, a Global Christmas Celebration Gingerbread Village starting on November 21, 2012 - January 2, 2013 in the resort’s lobby.  Guests and kamaaina are invited to visit the edible winter wonderland made of gingerbread and other sweet treats created by Executive Chef Ralf Bauer and his team of culinary architects. 

Chef Bauer, Pantry Chef Amie Tungpalan, Executive Sous Chef John Hightower and the Engineering Department will spend over 800 hours designing, constructing and setting up the final art piece.  The gingerbread village, which will stand over 14.5 feet high and over 24 feet wide, will be constructed with 250 gallons of icing, 150 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of white chocolate, and 90 sheets of gingerbread.  Imitating the holiday spirit of quaint mountainside villages of his native country Germany, Bauer’s creation will include medieval churches, bell towers, train stations, a carousel and a skating rink. 

Chef Bauer adds a touch of old Hawaii by recreating history with iconic structures including the Kawaihao mission church, the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, the Iolani Palace which alone took over six weeks to build, and last year's inclusion of Aloha Tower. This year Chef Bauer will feature three new structures: Eiffel Tower in France, Tower Bridge in London, the East Pagoda of Yakushi-ji in Nara, Japan, and the Washington Monument as the latest additions to the historical gingerbread landmark creations.

“Visitors from all over the world come to Hawaii to see our gingerbread wonderland and experience the traditional Christmas atmosphere with the island’s touch of Aloha,” said Chef Bauer.  “It is an opportunity to give back to the community and share the holiday spirit with our ohana.”

“Every year, we look forward to seeing the children’s joy as they discover every detail of the village and have the chance to make their own gingerbread houses,” said Chef Bauer.  “I look forward to seeing the blind and deaf school kids, who are filled with so much joy as they make gingerbread houses and eat a lot of chocolate together.”

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani won “Orbitz Best Decked Out Holiday Hotel” in 2009 and 2010 for providing a feeling of holiday cheer to visitors traveling during the holiday season with Santa’s Gingerbread Village. 

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