Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Traditions in Hawai‘i

"Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright, Hawaiian Christmas day." Those are the lyrics of a famous song heard throughout the Islands during the holidays. As the song proclaims, if you want to wish somebody a Merry Christmas in Hawaiian, just say: "Mele Kalikimaka!"

Christmas traditions in Kona are decidedly "island style." One of the ways kamaainas (residents) usher in the holidays is to make wreaths, leis and floral arrangements from natural flora that grows on the Big Island — everything from  lehua blossoms, coconut husk and orchids to norfolk pine, Christmas berry, hibiscus, palapalai ferns, protea, ti leaves and more. Last year at Holualoa Inn, our Christmas tree was decorated entirely in white orchids with elegant simplicity.

Holiday foods in Hawai‘i reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Islands.  Festive Christmas pies can be made of red ohelo berries that grow in higher elevations like Volcano. Resembling cranberries, the slightly tart berries are favored by native Nene geese. For Christmas dinner in Hawai‘i, many residents serve up a plate of ahi sashimi for appetizers, followed by a turkey or kalua pig cooked in an underground oven (imu). With New Year's Eve around the corner, local folks get out the mochi pounder to make delicious rice cake, a Japanese tradition.

Holualoa Inn rings in the holidays in style. Our Kona bed-and-breakfast inn offers a cozy, elegant setting for experiencing the season. You can even hang your stockings on our fireplace!

Mele Kalikimaka!

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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