With snowstorms and freezing cold weather soon to be approaching the mainland, Christmas in Hawaii is about as far from a traditional White Christmas as you can get. And for most of us, that’s a very good thing.
Christmas Day in Hawaii includes many traditions, a personal favorite of which is swimming in the ocean and some relaxing time at the beach. Other Hawaii Christmas traditions include beautifully lit homes, garage parties, boat parades and ubiquitous Hawaiian Christmas music.
Honolulu City Lights, which open this Saturday, is a major, festive city hall celebration that’s been going for 3 decades, and features a grand displays of trees and wreaths, live entertainment, contests, a parade and more.
Beat of Hawaii is a regular participant at the Festival of Lights on Kauai. If you’re on island, please stop by the historic county building on Rice Street. We look forward to meeting you.
First Christmas in Hawaii
The first known Christmas in Hawaii occurred in 1786, here on Kauai when a merchant ship was anchored and the crew celebrated Christmas with roast pig. While merchant ships have been replaced by Matson container ships, the tradition of roast pig continues to this day.
Before westerners arrived, Hawaiians enjoyed Makahihi, a winter festival which prohibited all wars. Lasting from about November to February, work stopped, offerings were made and feasts, dance, sport and other celebrations occurred.
However you plan to celebrate these long welcome holiday weekends, enjoy.
And from our family to yours, Mele Kalikimaka, Hau’oli Hanukaha, and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou He ‘Ohana Nani!
December always one of the most popular (and expensive) times of year to visit Hawaii and here’s why.
Idyllic weather. The weather in Hawaii is almost always great. At the holidays it is still generally beach weather during the days, albeit somewhat cooler at night. That’s why locals flock to the beaches at the holidays, and you should too.
Enjoy our wildlife in winter.
You can enjoy viewing wildlife in Hawaii year round. That includes spectacular birds, endangered sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals. But at this time of the year (from fall through early spring), humpback whales are found here too. They can be seen on all the islands, and are a sight not to miss. There is an abundance of opportunities for free whale watching in Hawaii.
Availability and costs
Keep in mind that highly desirable locations such as Hawaii are in the highest demand at the holidays. That means you can expect to have issues with both availability and costs. Many people book holiday travel as far out as possible to guarantee their perfect vacation. There are always some last minute spots available too. Remember that things like car rentals and activities can also become sold out or costly. See our guide entitled “Ten Ways to Score a Discount Hawaii Car Rental.
Check calendar for all islands to find local holiday events. Shopping centers and resorts also run extensive holiday programs.
Is your idea of a cheap trip to Hawaii in 2020 one that’s free? If so, there are many December sweepstakes in process, each offering you a chance to win a free trip to Hawaii.