Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.
Honolulu is the capital and the largest city of Hawaii.
Other big cities and towns in Hawaii include – Hilo, Kahului-Wailuku, Kapaa, etc.
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Hawaii include – Punalu’u Beach, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Hawaii :
Christmas in Hawaii is a major annual celebration taking place for over 2 centuries now. The first recorded Christmas in Hawaii was in 1786, when the captain of merchant ship the Queen Charlotte, George Dixon, was docked on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
The annual Honolulu City Lights ceremony features a 50-foot Norfolk pine Christmas tree decorated with bright lights and elaborate decorations.
Attending a luau is a good way to celebrate Christmas Day in Hawaii. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment.
In Hawaii, you will find a very different version of Santa Claus ! Here Santa Claus will be seen wearing Hawaiian clothes while celebrating Christmas.
On the island of Oahu, Christmas events include the colorful boat parades that are held at the Honolulu Harbor and Hawaii Kai
In Waikiki, on the Friday night following Thanksgiving, the Waikiki Holiday Parade takes place.
On Big Islands in Hawaii, the famous Kailua-Kona Christmas Parade takes place in mid-December.
You can also watch the performances of The Nutcracker at the Hilo Palace Theater.
Lahaina Banyan Tree Lighting is also a famous Christmas celebration taking place on the island of Maui.
Kauai Festival of Lights takes place in the Lihue area on the island of Kauai.
Christmas celebrations in the Waimea Town include Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade which takes place on the Saturday before Christmas.
Even the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai host a few holiday season events during the Christmas season.
In Hawaiian, people wish each other “Merry Christmas” by saying “Mele Kalikimaka”
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2018 & Happy New Year 2019 !!!