Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way of
saying Merry Christmas, as is shown in the popular Christmas song shown below. This song is sung widely and with gusto, even by those
who claim to be sick and tired of it. Feel free to sing along with the video below.
In Hawai'i, Santa shows up in a red outrigger
canoe (a magic one, of course)which carries him across the wide sea and right up onto
the beach. Since Hawai`i only gets snow on top of the highest mountains (which are volcanoes!) on the Big Island
and Maui, sleighs aren't of much use and the reindeer get to take a little rest while deliveries are being made
in the Islands.
As in other lands, trees are decorated, songs are sung and the malls and resorts get decorated to within an inch
of their lives-- but in Hawai'i you'll find a Christmas statue of Santa riding a dolphin, draped in leis.
You will find a short description of Christmas customs by clicking here.
You can find a lot of Hawaiian music
for listening to via Pandora or other online radio sources, or via YouTube. It's good stuff and will give you a
break from what you're used to hearing while you're shopping --- unless, of course, you're shopping in Hawai'i.
--R. Alex Anderson
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing
On a bright Hawaiian
That's the island
greeting that we send to you
From the land
where palm trees sway
Here we know
that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine
by day and all the stars at night