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Exotic Island Christmas
Think you can’t do Christmas in a tropical paradise? Think again! Hawaii lends even more magic to the Christmas season. My husband and I were fortunate enough to live there and experience the full gamut of what the Islands have to offer. Even Santa trades snow and reindeer for the beautiful sand and sun of Hawaii.
The Hawaiians put their own spin on a traditional Christmas. We love it! To help you see the possibilities we’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons Hawaii rocks Christmas:
1. Santa arrives in Waikiki in a red outrigger canoe each year. He’s greeted with hula dancers and excited keiki (children). You might even catch a glimpse of Old St. Nick when he trades his Santa suit for a bathing suit. He likes surfing at the local beaches with his elves.
2. It’s a full family affair for the Clauses. While on Oahu, Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele (Santa and Mrs. Claus) like to hang out at the Honolulu City Lights, greeting keiki joyously. The twinkling display set up at Oahu’s Honolulu Hale (city hall) boasts the largest number of lights in the Islands. Kids can catch a train ride and families will find plenty of goodies to much on at the food trucks. Inside the building each city department decorates a tree. A back hallway displays creatively decorated wreaths from around the island.
3. Island Stylin’ Christmas…Hawaii bursts with unique Christmas decorations. Locals make use of tropical plants that grow around the island. You’ll see real poinsettias that can easily reach monster-sized proportions growing in people’s yards and blooming near December 25, wreaths festooned with hibiscus or pineapples and cheery palm trees decked out in Christmas finery. Imagine hanging those lights!
4. You should experience a Norfolk Island pine at least once in your life. Yeah, they kinda look alike a Charlie Brown tree, but once you load them up with decorations they take on an elegant Hawaiian look. Plus they don’t turn brown as quickly as traditional Christmas trees. We loved picking ours out at Helmano Farms on Oahu.
5. Christmas dinner is an ono (delicious) feast! You can find traditional foods at some buffets, but don’t miss the local grinds (yummy food). Kalua pig, poke, lomi lomi salmon, poi, laulau and sticky rice will fill you up and delight your taste buds. Don’t forget the haupia (coconut) pie from Ted’s Bakery on Oahu.
6. You have a great reason to skip those ugly sweater parties. Remember the tropical weather? Opt for the swimsuit and beach instead, although hot chocolate still tastes fantastic even when it’s hot outside. It’s chocolate. Enough said.
7. “Mele Kelikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day…” I love that song! We discovered all kinds of fun new Christmas music while living in Hawaii:
- Here Comes Santa in a Red Canoe
- Menehune Santa
- Hawaiian Fa-la-LA!
- Christmas Island
- Christmas Time Again, Aloha
- And their very unique take on the Twelve Days of Christmas
Who wouldn’t want a mynah bird in a papaya tree?!
8. Missing the traditions of Christmas? You can trade your snowman for a sandman on the beach. After opening presents on Christmas morning locals head to the water for a relaxing afternoon of swimming and surfing. Even Santa rides the waves after his work is done.
9. Still missing snow? No problem! Quite often the summits of Haleakala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa sport a nice coat of snow. We barely escaped the summit of Haleakala before a snow storm forced rangers to shut down the park! Hawaii lets you experience tropical weather and snow all in one day.
10. Finally for the football fans, you can catch the Hawaii Bowl every December wearing shorts and slippahs (flip flops) rather bundling up like Ralphie’s little brother in “A Christmas Story”.
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