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.
Christmas is one of the most important festivals in Hawaii, as in many other western countries. Hawaii celebrated Christmas with the arrival of protestant missionaries for the very first time. People believe that it started after 1820.
Before the Hawaiians celebrated Christmas, which is known today, they had another festival known as Makahiki. The festival lasted for around four months, and during the festivals, no wars were allowed.
Sandy beaches and the whites of wave breaks often mark a white Christmas in Hawaii. Mauna Kea, a Hawaiian name for “White mountains,” and Mauna Loa-two are some 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, 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, like Santa, lights, and Christmas trees, can all be seen in Hawaii.
But Christmas 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 the Hawaiian Santa wears the costume’s short-sleeved version. You can also sometimes find Santa carrying a surfboard and wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sporting shorts.
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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.
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1. Christmas Traditions in Hawaii
The island’s tropical climate does not support, or we can say is not ideal for growing the gorgeous Christmas trees, i.e., the 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 decorate the fir trees. The locals also decorate the palm trees so that the Christmas vibes are not lost.
The real Christmas trees also come to Hawaii but, they arrive on ships in refrigerated containers.
Another core tradition without which Christmas feels incomplete is the Christmas song. But, it’s a Christmas in Hawaii; it has to be different. The Hawaiians sing their own versions of the Christmas carol on guitars and ukuleles.
The songs are sung in the Hawaiian language in all the family feasts. This family feast eventually turns into a sing-a-long, and how can you forget about the hula dance?
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 raindeers but in an outrigger canoe which Dolphins pull.
The elves also wear the aloha shirt, similar to the Santa Claus.
Do you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays on Christmas?
Then plan a Hawaii vacation; you’ll forget these common greeting methods. Christmas in Hawaii is incomplete without wishing Mele Kalikimaka. This is said to wish people an awesome festive season.
If you travel to Hawaii to celebrate Christmas day, then your shopping is a must. Your trip will be incomplete if you do not shop from the Big Island. Mauna Kea, also known as the White mountain, which is the largest mountain globally, is located in none other than the Big Island.
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.
The capital of Hawaii and the largest city, which is Honolulu organizes many Christmas events. It starts with the best Honolulu City Lights. The Honolulu City Light event, in simple words, is a light display event of Christmas colors.
At Honolulu Hale, they have a one-month-long Christmas decorations and lights 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 tall. You will also see the Honolulu Hale beautifully decorated with the season’s special decoration items.
2. Christmas Day
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.
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.
Christmas parades and concerts are organized in early and mid-December because these are the days that lead to Christmas Day. The 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.
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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 flavors. It even tastes better when it is being eaten in the holiday season.
Christmas in Hawaii means you need to taste the special food, and your menu for the day will be -sticky rice, sushi, Kalua Pig, Halo, Poke, Lumpia, Tamales, Sashimi, and these all will be cooked in an underground oven. And as we know, dinner is incomplete without dessert, so that you may find Coconut Pudding in the dessert.
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- you may call it the perfect temperature.
The rainy season in Hawaii is not much predictable, but December is the month that receives rainfall, the most 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.
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 month, you should be prepared for the burden it will put on your pocket. Christmas to New Year is the most expensive time to visit Hawaii.
Oahu is the cheapest island 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.