|Santa and his Dolphins in Waikiki
Sunbathing in Waikiki. Dolphins instead of reindeer. Palm trees lit up under the starry skies.
Growing up in Hawaii has its perks, and one of them is experiencing unique holiday traditions.
Having never lived in a snowy climate, I am not familiar with winter wonderlands complete with snowmen and sleigh rides. It sounds (and looks) magical, but am so thankful I grew up experiencing a different kind of holiday.
“Mele Kalikimaka” (Merry Christmas)
So tell me, what were the holidays like for you as a child?
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3 thoughts on “Holiday Memories: Hawaiian Style”
I grew up in Florida, so I am used to warm Christmas' … wait, let me correct that. I am used to cool to cold Christmas mornings and warm Christmas afternoons.I distinctly remember getting a bike for Christmas one year. I was so excited and set out to ride my new bike, all bundled up because it had been cold that morning. After about 20 minutes, I was sweating like crazy though because the sun had come out.Now I live in Atlanta where there has been snow the last couple years. I LOVE it! It is such a novelty to me, I must look quite silly walking about with a huge, goofy grin on my face when it is snowing outside.
I have a "bike Christmas" memory too!!! I must say, I would LOVE to have a white Christmas one of these years. It truly does sound magical!
I lived in Puerto Rico in elementary school and definitely experienced something like you did. Warm Christmases, Spanish Christmas songs, and of course the celebration of Three Kings Day. Definitely different, but I wouldn't have it any other way!