KIHEI - Jews on Maui and worldwide will begin the eight-night celebration of Hanukkah beginning at sundown Dec. 11.
The celebration will include the lighting of menorahs, eating special foods, singing songs, playing games and giving gifts. It's a special time for Jews.
"By lighting candles and spending quality time with their families, friends and communities, they will be bringing light into the physically darkest time of the year," says a news release from the Jewish Congregation of Maui.
The congregation will hold its annual Community Hanukkah Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Mayor Eddie Tam Memorial Center in Makawao.
The event will feature a candle-lighting ceremony, communal singing, Henna painting, storytelling and drama, Israeli folk dancing and children's crafts. Door prizes and children's gift bags will be presented.
Hanukkah season items will be available at the Judaica Store at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei. For more information, call 874-5397 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.