The holidays are different in Hawaii.
For some, Hawaii is a destination for the summer time, when beaches and sufboards call. But for others, Hawaii means an escape from cold winters, snowbanks, and skiing, and that means you may find yourself on the islands during Thanksgiving or Christmas.If you’ve never been to the islands for the holidays, here’s what you can expect.
Thanksgiving in Maui
Just like on the mainland, every family has different traditions. Some families will celebrate with a small group; others will have a family reunion with a hundred people. Some families will eat turkey and stuffing while othes will opt for poke and kaluhia pork.
There may be some distinctions between Maui and the mainland, though. Maui’s island air gets into everything we do, so you may find some unique dishes being served, whether you’re at a friend’s home or a restaurant. You may also eat you meals outside on a lanai watching the sun set instead of in front of a roaring fireplace. Just like the mainland, many Hawaiians get up in the early hours to go shopping on Black Friday.
Mele Kalikimaka! That’s Hawaiian for Merry Christmas. As I wrote in my blog last year, Christmas in Hawaii is a little different.
Maui gets chilly in the winter, but our chilly is some place’s summer – you can expect to shiver in the 80 degree range through November, and potentially get down to the 70s in December. As a result, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose is substituted for indoor/outdoor dinners, fire pits, and fresh roasted pork.
The biggest distinction with holidays in Hawaii is that there’s a good chance you’ll visit the beach during them. You might be wearing board shorts and a tshirt, and you may see Santa Claus arrive in a canoe, but ultimately the holidays are about the ones you love, and no matter what island you’re on, that never changes.