Deaf Santa ‘hears’ Christmas wishes from hearing-impaired children

Pearlridge Center

There was a packed house when the state’s only deaf and signing Santa Claus arrived at Pearlridge Center Thursday.

He used American Sign Language to find out what more than 125 deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing students from across Oahu wanted for Christmas.

“We had kids talking about wanting to get Spiderman shooters and skates and trains, all the things they’ve been wanting to tell someone because they want to make sure that their wishes will come true on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning,” said interpreter Jan Fried. “What’s most important is that deaf kids don’t have that opportunity because most of the Santas that they see in the malls, Santa’s helpers, don’t know how to sign.”

The festivities included skits, storytelling and music that was translated into ASL. Keiki got to take home goodie bags and ride on the mall’s holiday train.

Neighbor island students were also able to relay their wishes via videophone.

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