Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day ... Mele
When the first
European settlers came, Christmas was unknown to the Hawaiians.
However, the Western holiday coincided with an ancient island
rite of giving thanks to the gods for a bountiful year, so the
two traditions eventually fused to what has become the "Christian
holiday" season on the islands.
comes every year in a magic canoe over the sea and right up onto
the beach - with expressions of Mele Kalikimaka (Merry
Christmas) and a Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year).
Find out what
else is happening in Honolulu and throughout the Aloha State this year with more general information
on Hawaiian Christmas customs and traditions ...
DID YOU KNOW? Hawaii Christmas fun facts
Merry Christmas from Hawaii!
• You'll see island Norfolk Pines decked out for the holidays, but most often palm trees serve as the islands' Christmas trees that are aglow with lights throughout the season.
• Traditional Christmas carols are very popular everywhere in Hawaii, such as "Po La'ie" (Silent Night), but words are sung in the native Hawaiian and accompanied by ukuleles.
• Christmas dinner in Hawaii may consist of a traditional luau (roasted pig, along with chicken noodle soup, Lomilomi salmon and poi), or a Christmas turkey or ham dinner, or even a picnic at the beach.
• A white Christmas in Hawaii? Snow falls are a regular occurrence on Hawaii's volcanic mountains including Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala.
More information about Christmas in Hawaii around the Web:
of Lights Christmas Boat Parade - Join the online fun
with photos and lists of winners past plus the current schedule,
this year's theme and entertainment venue sponsored by the Hawaii
Kai Marina in Honolulu.
City Lights - Hawaii's main event at Christmas time with a guide to times
and schedules of the opening ceremony, related entertainment and a
photo slide show.
Tower Marketplace - Find out what's happening at the festive
Honolulu shopping showcase with a complete calender of events,
information on guest stars and holiday shows.
Lahaina Maui Events Calendar - Scroll down for facts & information on the annual Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree and other seasonal events