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, a city hall celebration that’s been going for nearly 30 years, features a grand displays of trees and wreaths, live entertainment, contests, a parade and much more.
Beat of Hawaii is again volunteering at the Festival of Lights on Kauai on Christmas Eve. 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 While merchant ships have been replaced by Matson container ships, the tradition of roast pig continues to this day.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!
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