Tiny Christmas village at HPA


A miniature Christmas village created by Kona painter Martha Greenwell is on display at the Isaacs Art Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy through Jan. 5.

Affectionately known as “The Mouse House,” the holiday village made its first Big Island appearance in December 2005 at the Kona Historical Society when the village returned to Greenwell from Oahu after more than 20 years of being part of an annual holiday tradition at the Queen’s Hospital Auxiliary’s “Festival of Trees.”

All of the artifacts featured in the display are from the attic and tool shed of Greenwell’s in-laws, Frank and Violet Greenwell of Palani Ranch. It took Greenwell eight years to assemble the village.

“Having the Mouse House at The Isaacs Art Center during the extended holiday season has become an important tradition, and a time when we welcome keiki of all ages to experience Martha Greenwell’s magical creation,” said Gaylord Dillingham, director of the Isaacs Art Center.

The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. The center will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For information, or to arrange group visits, call 885-5884.

 

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