January 02, 2011

Hawaiian Gingerbread Village

I know, I know, I am so late posting this kind of thing but I wanted to show everyone a gingerbread house made with aloha.  I have been meaning to visit the gingerbread village at Sheraton Princess Kailuani in Waikiki for the past two weeks.  It just didn't happen.  I was determined to get there before January 3 when they took down the display,  so off we went last night.  I wasn't disappointed. I just stood there in awe of the work it took to make this village happen.

This gingerbread village depicts various buildings right here in Hawaii - Iolani Palace, the Moana Surfrider (complete with rocking chairs on the veranda), and the historic Kawaiahao Church.

The Sheraton Moana Surfrider, with the Kawaiahao Church in the background

The village is not made with pre-fabricated sheets, they are gingerbread bricks. According to Chef Ralf Bauer, the architect of this wonder "it’s what keeps the village special.”  He and his team begin making the components for the village in September.  Although the base of the buildings is actually Styrofoam, each one is then painted with melted chocolate and covered with small gingerbread bricks that are approximately an inch-and-a-quarter long.

'Iolani Palace

Each of the gingerbread villages are interlinked by ski lifts, ice-skating ponds, working carousels, and a train station all made from icing, spun sugar, gelatin, chocolate, and of course gingerbread.

Waikiki Station

Here are some of the stats that go into making this happen:
  • 100 pounds of dark chocolate
  • 30 pounds of white chocolate
  • 60 sheets of gingerbread bricks
  • 200 gallons of icing
  • And tons of Aloha!

It certainly was a spectacular sight and I can't wait to see what they come up with in 2011.  My only wish is that they move the display back to the Sheraton Moana Surfrider because it is such a classic hotel.

The Christmas tree in the lobby of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider 


  1. Those are amazing! I am always impressed with anyone who makes a gingerbread house, because I know how much work goes into them, but that display goes beyond phenomenal!

  2. Beautiful..I could get lost looking at gingerbread for hours. Thanks for posting :) Happy New Year!

  3. What an amazing gingerbread display! That makes the store bought, pre-built gingerbread house we decorated this year.

  4. That is absolutely amazing! :O If I saw it in real life I would have stared transfixed for ages! :D

  5. These photos are so fun to see! My family has a tradition of making gingerbread houses each year, but of course they're not nearly as elaborate and amazing as these! How fun!


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