The Creativity and Love of the Hawaiian Christmas traditions
Christians in Hawaii celebrate Christmas, aloha style with a lot of creativity and love involved. One of the Hawaiian Christmas traditions that has been in existence for decades is the import of their Christmas trees from other countries before the festivities begin; the trees are transported by the famous Christmas tree ship that travels around the Pacific ocean delivering trees. The trees supposed to be fir or pine origin as per the Hawaiian Christmas traditions but other Hawaiians prefer to grow the tree in their backyards a year before Christmas to reduce on cost. Others opt to decorating palm trees with Christmas ornaments for outdoor display.
Santa Claus is different according to the Hawaiian Christmas traditions with the substitution of his reindeers and sleigh with a spar canoe and a fleet of dolphins. Santa and his elves are dressed in aloha shirts to enhance the creativity of the Hawaiian Christmas traditions. It is stated that he first arrives by boat at the Waikiki beach before visiting the other regions as per the Hawaiian belief. He is usually a big man who walks barefoot dressed in Hawaiian clothing upon arrival.
The Hawaiian Christmas traditions officially begin on the night of Christmas Eve where traditional hymns and carols are sung with the aid of the guitar and ukulele by church choirs. Families participate in the luaus feast that includes the preparation of a traditional chicken dish that is baked with taro leaves and coconut milk and the Kalua pig that is cooked using an underground oven. Other foods included in the feast are poke, salad made of mainly raw fish; lomi salmon, a fresh salmon and tomato salad; haupia, a traditional desert made from coconut milk; and opihi which are freshwater snails.
The feasts that are in form of picnics happen on the beach embracing the culture associated with the Hawaiian Christmas traditions, with the attire of Santa hats and aloha shirts. A new feature that has been incorporated in the Hawaiian Christmas traditions includes the putting up of lights on vehicles and parading them in the streets of Hawaii hooting their horns while people watch this beautiful spectacle by the sidewalk.