Coconuts, pigs and pies were among the goodies present at Hawaii’s first Christmas celebration. Believed to be in 1786, Captain George Dixon led the monumental merriment, docked aboard the Queen Charlotte in Kauai.
Christmas wasn’t formally introduced to Hawaii until after 1820; the year Protestant missionaries came to Hawaii from New England. However, our islands have been celebrating in December since ancient times with the traditional Makahiki festival.
In 1858, Santa Claus made his first appearance in Hawaii, arriving at Washington Place to deliver gifts for the children.
There certainly aren’t any chestnuts roasting on our fires in December, but we still manage to make room for traditional trimmings. And Honolulu City Lights is one of our favorites.
Celebrating its 31st year in 2015, Honolulu City Lights is the focal point for Oahu’s Christmas celebration. With a 50-foot Christmas tree, wreath exhibits, giant Yuletide displays and live entertainment, this celebration is sure to get everyone in the spirit.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, make sure you enjoy the season! Mele Kalikimaka! Merry Christmas!