Mele Kalikimaka, Kua Bay

Mele Kalikimaka from Kua Bay

Mele Kalikimaka is the Hawaiian way to say Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas from Kua Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island. Here the sun shines on the beach and ohana (families) get together in homes, on the beach, and in the upcountry to celebrate Christmas in Hawaii.

Although the islands are more than 2,000 miles from the nearest land, they are not separated from the traditions and joys of Christmas. One can find the same trimmings, with slight differences that make them unique to the islands. Kalua pork is often served in the stead of ham, coconut deserts and haupia pie replace cookies, and some will enjoy purple poi instead of mashed potatoes.

For activities, spending time at the beach trumps sledding on snow (although on the Big Island some sledding can be had). Church services sing both traditional hymns and Hawaiian originals, and beautifully prepared hula dances are performed by special Christmas halau.

For all the small differences though, spending time with loved ones and sharing the Season is found in Hawaii, just as it is around the world.

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