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Celebrate Christmas Hawaii-Style


(Cue the Christmas carols.) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….even in the Hawaiian Islands. While it may not be the white Christmas you’re dreaming of, here (in Hawaii) the holidays are just as merry and bright and celebrated in a unique way. Here are 10 reasons that make Christmas in the islands one-of-a-kind:

  1. 12 Days of Christmas, Hawaii Style: This Christmas classic gets a local twist and trades your true love for your tutu (grandparent) and starts with numbah one day of Christmas. For lyrics, visit 12 Days of Christmas Hawaiian Style.
  2. A Golden Sunny Christmas: Ditch the snow shovel for a sand shovel and build a sandman on the beautiful golden sand beaches of Hawaii. While the cold winter weather typically keeps folks across the country confined indoors, with a year-round warm climate in the Hawaiian Islands you can enjoy the holidays’ outdoors.
  3. All About Family: A critical part of any Hawaii gathering or celebration is family, with Christmas being no exception. Local families get together for potluck style parties to celebrate the holidays and reconnect with friends and family. For visitors, the Hawaiian Islands are also a great family-friendly location to spend the holidays with activities for the young, old, and young-at-heart.
  4. Local Cuisine: Hawaii is known for its diverse ethnic population and cuisine, so it’s no surprise to find Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, American, Filipino, Korean, and many other ethnic foods sitting side-by-side on the same table.
  5. Hawaii-style Santa: In Hawaii, Santa has been known to surf his way to shore aboard an outrigger canoe, where he greets the keiki (children) and hands out gifts on the beach at several locations including the Outrigger Waikiki and Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki (Oahu) and the Makena Beach and Golf Resort on Maui.
  6. Mele Kalikimaka: This is the Hawaiian way to say Merry Christmas and is also a popular Christmas song, with versions by Bing Crosby, Bette Midler, Don Ho, and countless others.
  7. Honolulu City Lights: Featuring Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele, Honolulu Hale on Oahu is decked out in Christmas decorations for this annual light display. Outside, Santa sits and throws a shaka, while the inside of Honolulu Hale showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. For more information, visit HonoluluCityLights.org.
  8. Festive Events: Celebrate the holidays with a variety of holiday events across the Hawaiian Islands, including parades, festivals, craft fairs, concerts, and more. For a listing of events, visit GoHawaii.com/event.
  9. Hawaiian Christmas Trees: Helemano Farms on Oahu’s North Shore grows Norfolk pine trees for Oahu residents looking for a traditional tree, while some residents opt to decorate small palm trees as their Christmas tree.
  10. Save Big on Shopping: Christmas shopping can put a serious dent in your wallet, but with a four percent sales tax statewide, you’ll save big when stocking up on gifts in Hawaii. From national retailers like Macy’s or Prada to small local boutique shops, there’s something to satisfy every budget and style. Give your friends and family something different with unique Hawaii gifts like a handmade ukulele or a gift basket filled with Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and Waialua Estate chocolates.

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