(Cue the Christmas carols.) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….even in the Hawaiian Islands. While it may not be the white Christmas you’re dreaming of, here in Hawaii, the holidays are just as merry and bright and celebrated in our own special way. Here are five reasons that make Christmas in the Hawaiian Islands one-of-a-kind:
Santa takes a break at Hulopoe Bay, Lanai. Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resorts Lanai
1. A Golden Christmas: Ditch the snow shovel for a sand shovel and build a sandman on the beautiful golden sand beaches of Hawaii. While the cold winter weather typically keeps folks across the country confined indoors, with a year-round warm climate in the Hawaiian Islands you can enjoy the holidays outdoors.
2. Mele Kalikimaka: This is the Hawaiian way to say Merry Christmas and is also a popular Christmas song, with versions by Bing Crosby, Bette Midler, Don Ho, and countless others.
3. Local Cuisine: Hawaii is known for its diverse ethnic population and cuisine, so it’s no surprise to find Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, American, Filipino, Korean, and many other ethnic foods sitting side-by-side on the same table.
Hawaii-style holiday decorations at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Photo credit: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
4. Festive Events: Celebrate the holidays with a variety of holiday events across the Hawaiian Islands, including parades, festivals, craft fairs, concerts, and more. For a listing of events, visit GoHawaii.com/events.
5. Tropical Christmas Trees: Helemano Farms on Oahu’s North Shore grows Norfolk pine trees for Oahu residents looking for a traditional tree, while some residents opt to decorate small palm trees as their Christmas tree.
- by So Much More Hawaii Staff