MERRY CHRISTMAS…but in Hawaii.
This article will throw light on Christmas in Hawaii.
There is no doubt that Hawaii is a unique state, and that too, in many ways. The soothing tropical season and the diversity in the culture make it even more beautiful.
As in many other western countries, Christmas is one of the most important festivals in Hawaii. People believe that it started after 1820. Hawaii celebrated Christmas and the holiday season with the arrival of protestant missionaries for the first time.
Before the Hawaiians celebrated the Christmas spirit, which is known today, they had another festival known as Makahiki; the festival lasts for around four months. Makahiki is a harvest festival that pays homage to the indigenous deity Lono. Historically, during this period, battles and fighting were outlawed. And populations from all around Hawaii would come together to compete in games like arm wrestling and spear throwing.
During the festivals, beaches and the white wave breaks often mark a “white Christmas” in Hawaii to keep your holiday spirit alive. Mauna Kea, a Hawaiian name for “White Mountains,” and Mauna Loa—are two of the best skiing or snowboarding peaks.
We can say that you can visit Hawaii anytime because it looks beautiful every season. But Christmas has a different effect on Hawaii. Christmas is celebrated in December during the winter season, but the weather is not very cold; it can be warm and pleasant weather. During the day, the temperatures can be more than 70 Fahrenheit or around 26-27 Celsius.
The usual things you see everywhere at Christmas are spectacular Christmas decorations like Santa, Christmas lights, and Christmas trees, which can all be seen in Hawaii. But Christmas cheer in Hawaii is different because of the Hawaiian touch they add to everything. If we take Santa, for example, then we can see the difference in the costume of Santa.
The Santa we generally see wears a full-sleeved shirt and full-length pants, but according to Hawaiian Christmas traditions, Santa wears the costume’s short-sleeved version. Sometimes, you can find Santa carrying a surfboard, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, and sporting shorts. How cool it would be to celebrate Christmas with a surfing Hawaiian Santa?
The History of Hawaiian Christmas Traditions
Until 1862, Christmas wasn’t even a festival in Hawaii but there was a tradition to celebrate the successful journey of the sailor of the British ship Queen Charlotte to the west side of Kauai. The sole purpose of this journey was to hunt a wild pig for their vacation supper and gather coconuts to drink with rum for their festive beverages. This celebration has hints from all around the world, introduced by Catholic and Protestant priests, later on by sailors and traders, and eventually, this celebration gradually become Hawaii’s seasonal customs.
The festivities also coincide with Thanksgiving, and for a period, December 25th was marked as Hawaii’s official Thanksgiving Day until Christmas became a legally recognised holiday on the islands.
Amazing Things to Know about Christmas in Hawaii
In other places, you find a snowman on Christmas but don’t be surprised if you see a snowman wearing a Hawaiian outfit, or you may even find a sandman instead of the snowman.
If you now feel like planning a Hawaii Vacation and spending your Christmas in Hawaii, then your hotel is here.
1. Christmas Traditions in Hawaii
1.1. Christmas Trees are decorated a little differently in Hawaii.
The island’s tropical climate is not ideal for growing gorgeous traditional Christmas trees, i.e., pine trees. Christmas without a Christmas tree would be incomplete.
But, do you remember Christmas in Hawaii is different? The locals have found a way through this. They elaborate decorations with the fir trees. The locals also decorate Christmas palm trees so as not to lose the Christmas vibes. Real Christmas trees also come to Hawaii, but they arrive on ships in refrigerated containers.
Hawaii locals often light up their vehicles and trucks to welcome the festive season. It is done so for an unplanned holiday parade and for roadside spectators to vibe on the Christmas songs while driving through the towns. The yearly Lights on Rice festival, which takes place in Lihue in the first week of December, offers a more ceremonial parade experience on Kauai. It would really be a great idea to celebrate Christmas in Hawaii.
1.2. Christmas Carols are sung with guitars and ukuleles.
Another core holiday tradition without which Christmas feels incomplete is the Christmas songs. It’s Christmas in Hawaii; it has to be different. The Hawaiians sing their own versions of the Christmas carol on guitars and ukuleles. Hawaiians have completely unique Christmas tunes.
Songs are sung in the Hawaiian language during all the family feasts. This family feast eventually becomes a sing-a-long, and how can you forget about the hula dance? The traditional holiday season in Hawaii sounds so much more fun than the usual one, right?
1.3. Santa’s Sledge doesn’t have Reindeer.
Hawaii has a variety of species when it comes to dolphins. This helps the Hawaiians to add a creative element to Christmas in Hawaii. Santa Claus does not arrive with reindeer but in an outrigger canoe, which Dolphins pull.
The elves also wear an aloha and festive Hawaiian shirt, similar to Santa Claus.
There are several chances to visit Santa in person over the holiday season. Children go to Waikiki Beach in the early days of December to see Santa come on a paddle boat and to have their pictures taken. Other Santa-centered events may incorporate Hawaiian elements like leis decorated with holiday ornaments, beachside carol singing, or visits from elves with festive aloha shirts and Santa hats.
Do you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays on Christmas? Christmas in Hawaii is incomplete without wishing Mele Kalikimaka. This is said to wish people an awesome festive season. Then plan a Hawaii vacation; you’ll forget these standard greeting methods.
Then plan a Hawaii vacation; you’ll forget these standard greeting methods. During travels to Hawaii to celebrate Christmas day, your shopping is a must. Your Info does not shop from the Big Island. Mau, your trip will be incomplete Kea, also known as the White Mountain, is the largest mountain globally and is located on none other than the Big Island. Are you influenced to visit Hawaii yet or are you?
If you search for unique gifts, you can’t miss the opportunity to shop from the Big Island, one of the Hawaiian Islands. The big island has an abundance of gift options, be cautious. You might get confused. Exploring this island can be so intriguing. One can go by yacht or even a canoe and enjoy whale watching or reindeer pulling. Blooming Poinsettias make it a perfect winter wonderland.
The capital of Hawaii and the largest city organizes many Christmas events. It starts with the best Honolulu City Lights. The Honolulu City Light event, in simple words, is an incredible light display.
At Honolulu Hale, they have a one-month-long Christmas decoration and light display known as the Honolulu City Lights. The display is organized at the Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street.
You’ll see the things on display: Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele, a Christmas tree that is fully decorated and is 50- foot feet. You will also see the Honolulu Hale beautifully decorated with the season’s special decoration items.
2. Christmas in Hawaii
Christmas is not all about only a day in Hawaii; it will not be justified if you call it a Christmas ‘day’. Christmas in Hawaii is a season.
2.1. Two-day Christmas
Yes, you read it right. It’s the Christmas season. From Christmas morning to Christmas eve, Hawaii is decorated as if there is a big family function, and the whole of Hawaii is one family.
Many churches also host Christmas Eve candlelight services to end your day on a serene note. Restaurants serve special buffets on Christmas Eve with Christmas cookies.
2.2. Christmas parades
Christmas parades and concerts are organized in early and mid-December because these are the days that lead to Christmas Day. Santa is so cool that you should not be shocked if you see him before Christmas because there is a possibility that he is on a trip. Moreover, he’s likely wearing no shoes so he may distribute gifts to island youngsters while enjoying the sensation of smooth sand between his toes.
Christmas in Hawaii is a thing you should not miss if you are planning a visit to Hawaii.
2.3. Christmas Food
Any festival is incomplete without food, and when it comes to Hawaiian food, you can’t miss the food, which is famous for its fresh and tropical flavours. Old and contemporary customs are mixed together for the Christmas feast. The thanksgiving dinner on Christmas stands out which serves you turkey WITH sticky rice, poke bowls and tropical fruits. Did you just drool? Because we sure did. It even tastes better when it is eaten during the holiday season.
Kalua Pig, a full roasted pig covered with banana leaves around and hot rocks, is the quintessential Hawaiian Christmas supper. Despite the lengthy cooking time, the kalua pig is a welcome substitute for turkey or ham because of its tender, melt-in-your-mouth feel.
Christmas in Hawaii means you need to taste fantastic food. Your menu for the day will be -sticky rice, sushi, Kalua Pig, Halo, Poke, Lumpia, Tamales, and Sashimi, and these all will be cooked in an underground oven. And as we know, dinner is incomplete without dessert, so you may find Coconut Pudding and Christmas cookies on the beach.
Once you’ve had all the Christmas delights you can handle, a trip to the beach is a simple way to burn them off.
2.4. The Climate
Hawaii has become one of the most popular vacation spots for many people these days, and Christmas in Hawaii is something you would not want to miss if you are visiting the place in December. The place has the temperature you want to relax in, you may call it the perfect temperature.
The rainy season in Hawaii is not very predictable, but December is the month that receives the most rainfall among the other months. But, it’s not much of an issue because the rain falls for about 10 minutes and not more than that.
The evenings in Hawaii during the month can be frigid and don’t forget to pack your sweater with you. Christmas to New Year is the most expensive time to visit Hawaii.
December is one of those seasons in Hawaii, which gets a lot of rainfall and many tourists. But this doesn’t mean that it will not cost you much. If you travel to Hawaii in December, you should be prepared for the burden it will put on your pocket.
Oahu is the cheapest island to make your holiday plans in Hawaii during Christmas. It is the cheapest, but it holds the most Christmas events and is the least crowded.
The average annual hotel stay may cost you around $250, but when you visit Hawaii during Christmas, this charge may rise to somewhere around $335. So be prepared because spending Christmas in Hawaii may trouble your budget.
Spending Christmas in Hawaii is possibly one of the best ways to understand the culture of Hawaii. The pleasant warm weather will make your trip even better. The greenery and all the events held in this season will not let you get bored of the place. You will never have to think about what to do next because Hawaii has many options to entertain you.
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