What Hawaii is like during the Christmas holidays

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in Hawaii for Christmas? Yes, Hawaii is a wonderful year-round and a destination to consider for your holiday vacation.

Here is what you can (and shouldn't) expect to experience in your trip to Hawaii over the Holidays. Maybe this is the year to check it out for yourself???

Hawaiin Style Santa

You won’t see Santa and his reindeer soaring through the night skies on Christmas Eve. Mr. Claus – Kanakaloka in Hawaiian – is said to make a more island-appropriate entrance, paddling in on a red outrigger canoe or arriving by surfboard. He might even be wearing a lei.

Christmas Trees in Hawaii

Plenty of locals have traditional Christmas trees during the holidays, but the trees have to be shipped in by boat and can be quite pricey. Some islanders opt for a closer-to-home option. Expect to see Island Norfolk Pines, one of the few pine trees that grow here. But you’ll most likely see palm trees decked out for the season with lights and ornaments.

A (semi) White Christmas

A white Christmas in Hawaii? Well, it’s not likely unless you count all of the beautiful white-sand beaches. A fair amount of snow does actually fall every year at the summits of the state’s three tallest volcanoes, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Haleakala. During December, some locals living on the Big Island of Hawaii drive to high elevations, fill their pickups with snow, and bring a big pile of the powder back down for snowmen, snowball fights, and more.

How to Say Merry Christmas in Hawaiin?

MeleKalikimaka! You will hear this phrase a lot during the holiday season. The words are a Hawaiian phonetic translation of “Merry Christmas.” Not sure how to pronounce it? Well, Bing Crosby himself is here to help you out. Check out his popular song!

Family Christmas Dinner Traditions

Like most places, Christmas dinner is a big part of any holiday celebration in Hawaii, but old-fashioned turkey and ham feasts are not necessarily the norm. Hawaiians enjoy such island delicacies as roast pork, sushi, coconut pudding and Manapua – a barbecue pork-filled bun whose name translates delightfully as “that delicious pork thing.” Families hold private luaus and picnics on the beach - as usual, Ohana (family) comes first, especially at the holidays!

All in all, there is nothing is something so magical about mixing the Aloha Spirit with the Christmas Spirit....the result is a memorable holiday experience that will not be forgotten! Who is up for it?

Believe me, it isn’t too early to start planning your holiday vacation.

Don't hesitate, the sooner you start planning, the more options you have!!

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