Christmas Traditions in Hawaii [Video]

Categorized as Big Island Vacation Information, Hawaiian History

Hawaii might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “holiday traditions.” Usually, people picture snow-coated cottages, heavy sweaters, and reindeer-drawn sleighs. These aren’t the holiday sights you’ll find in Hawaii – people here have their own ways to enjoy the season.

[marker] You might be surprised to hear that Santa, for example, does not cross the Pacific in his sleigh – he travels through the islands in a red canoe pulled by dolphins. Pine and fir trees are brought in for the holiday, and palm trees are adorned with lights and other decorations as well. For Christmas dinner, Hawaiian’s swap the turkey and mashed potatoes for a luau celebration.

[marker] In addition, December in Hawaii is full of parades, concerts and other events to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Mele Kalikimaka!