Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas in Hawai‘i

It's Christmas in Hawai‘i, and although you won't experience an old-fashioned "winter wonderland" in the Aloha State, holiday traditions abound amid the palm trees, sandy beaches, balmy temperatures and blue skies.

Christmas at Holualoa Inn
Live Christmas trees are usually imported by container from the Mainland. For local residents, it's no secret that you have to get your tree early before supplies run out! Some folks in Hawai‘i, however, prefer a local-style tree. It's not uncommon to see a Norfolk pine inside the home decorated for the holidays, or even a small coffee tree in a planter if you're a Kona coffee farmer.

Holiday wreaths and flower arrangements are laden with flora unique to the Islands. Here on the Big Island, the beautiful red lehua blossom makes the perfect holiday flower, whether incorporated into leis, centerpieces or wreaths. An imported flower, the poinsettia can be seen all over the Islands during Christmas.

Poinsettia arrangement Holualoa Inn's dining room
Before the arrival of the missionaries in Hawai‘i in the early 1800s, Hawai‘i had (still has) its own unique winter "holiday" season known as Makahiki. The four-month celebration of "rest and feasting" coincided with the arrival of the Pleiades constellation in the night sky. In 1862, King Kamehameha IV and his wife, Queen Emma, declared that Christmas should be a national holiday for the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Since then, holiday traditions have taken on a decidedly Hawaiian flair.  Hawai‘i's even has its own unique Christmas carols!

Holualoa Inn holiday centerpiece
Everyone knows that "Mele Kalikimaka" is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day. As the song proclaims: "That's the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway." This season at Holualoa Inn, our guests are enjoying the holidays in style. We've decked the halls with a bounty of botanicals from our tropical gardens and grounds. In our kitchen, the aroma of fresh-baked Christmas cookies permeates the Inn, while our festive gourmet breakfasts are brimming with holiday flavors. From our Holualoa Inn ohana to yours, we wish you a Mele Kalikimaka!

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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