Christmas in Hawaii

Christmas is special in Hawaii and honored in traditional Aloha Spirit. Modern Hawaiian Christmas traditions are influenced by the Ancient Hawaiian New Year festival Makahiki. During this period Nov-Feb tribal wars were taboo and people ceased working to attend religious ceremonies and pay tribute to their chief or ali’i. All the rest of the time was devoted to sports, feasting, dancing and generally just having a good time. In 1856, Alexander Liholiho (King Kamehameha IV) declared December 25 to be his kingdom’s national day of Thanksgiving.

Hawaii receives and displays the year’s first shipments of Christmas trees. You will also see decorated palm trees and Santa and his elves in aloha shirts. A Hawaiian Christmas Dinner is often a community luau with a kalua roast pig and Xmas leis with flavors of candy, fruitcake, sushi, lumpia, tamales alongside turkey alongside the roasted pork.Today, there’s no bigger Christmas celebration than “Honolulu City Lights,” a favorite holiday spectacle put on by the City & County of Honolulu. Held at Honolulu Hale (City Hall), “Honolulu City Lights” features a 50-foot Norfolk pine Christmas tree, elaborate Christmas tree and wreath exhibits, giant Yuletide displays and live entertainment.Hawaiian greetings during the Christmas and New Year’s Day Holidays

Merry Christmas – Mele Kalikimaka
Happy New Year – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou
Angel – Anela
Candy – Kanake
Christmas Eve – Ahiahi Kalikimaka
Christmas Tree – La’au Kalikimaka
Elf – Menehune
Garland – Lei
Gift – Makana
God – Akua
Holly – Kawa’u
Jesus Christ- Iesu Kristo
Joy, Happy – Hau’oli
Love – Aloha
Mistletoe – Kaumahana
Ornament – Wehi
Peace – Malu
Reindeer – Leinekia
Santa Claus – Kanakaloka
Snow – Hau Kea
Snowball – Popohau
Snowflake – Hau puehuehu
Star – Hoku
Wreath – Lei
Mahalo Nui Loa – Thank you very much.

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