Mele Kalikimaka

Dear travelers,

This place is often called paradise.

Here, the breeze is mild and the water is warm enough to ride the surf. Knitted scarfs are traded in for necklaces of beautiful flowers called leis.

Maybe you have heard the song that says: “Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day”? Well, it’s true! I’ve said it to every single person I’ve met here in Hawaii (though—they keep reminding me—you can just say “Merry Christmas,” too).

And you what else is the thing to do in the Hawaiian Islands at Christmastime? Locals love to deck out their cars with thousands of lights for a Christmas parade. Everyone drives out and joins in, honking their car horns in celebration!

It’s so easy to get into the Hawaiian Christmas spirit. We wrapped palm trees in lights and made a sand-man—instead of a snowman—at the local beach. We watched a Santa Surfing competition and sang carols with ukuleles and guitars.

Everything is set for a big backyard feast called a luau (Say: loo-ow) but, sadly, it’s time for me to go!



Next Up: Glad Lucia