If you are looking for a way to make Christmas a little different and memorable and are tired of the same old and generic way of celebrating, Christmas in Hawaii could be the ideal solution. Swap out the gray skies and dropping temperature for sunshine and tropical weather: less dreaming of a white Christmas, and more Mele Kalikimaka!
A Hawaiian Christmas means that Santa arrives on a canoe, you can spend Christmas day in your bikini on the beach, and, as an additional bonus, you will not have to tolerate ugly Christmas sweaters – it’s just too hot! Christmas is a peak tourist time for Hawaii, so you need to plan your trip in advance.
Unlike Mexico, the Caribbean and other tropical destinations, Hawaii does not have a great number of all-inclusive hotels. You will need to reserve your accommodation as well as your flights. On the larger islands, it is a good idea to book two separate accommodation options so that you have half your stay on the east and the other half on the west of the islands. This way, you will get to experience the best of the islands and be able to explore more thoroughly!
The islands of Hawaii give the visitor a real opportunity to experience paradise. To take full advantage of your Hawaiian Christmas, you need to hire a car. While public transport in Hawaii can be reliable and inexpensive on the larger islands, it caters for commuters rather than tourists, and the routes do not make the best sites accessible without a car.
If you know the dates that you are planning to travel, you need to reserve your car as soon as you can. There are only a limited number of cars on the islands, and so cars sell out quickly especially in peak times.
Traveling during the peak season can mean that restaurants and eateries get booked up well in advance. Be sure to book any popular eateries in advance. Traditional Hawaiian food is rich and varied, and well worth exploring.
- Poi: A thick taro root paste that is steamed or baked.
- Laulau: Pork that is wrapped in layers of taro leaves.
- Kalua pig: Slow roasted pork that is cooked in an underground oven (imu).
- Poke: Similar to sashimi but rather than delicate slices, poke is served as hearty chunks.
The Aloha State is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and consists of 8 main islands, and each has a slightly different focus and culture:
- Big Island of Hawaii
The islands of Hawaii are famed for their rugged landscapes, tropical foliage and iconic beaches. What’s more, your idyllic days on the beach can be interspersed with trips to the WWII memorials at Pearl Harbor. There are also many smaller uninhabited islands, islets and rocks between these larger islands, some of them are just too small to appear on maps and others are only visible at low tide. So which island should you visit? Here are 4 of the most popular and accessible islands for tourists
This is the only Hawaiian island with a city. It is home to Pearl Harbor, the world-renowned Bonzai Pipeline, the volcanic tuff Diamond Head, and more. The most culture and history is found on this island, so it makes it a popular choice for tourists.
Maui also has great shopping and dining, but is best loved for its beaches, excellent snorkeling and its whales watching in winter. The island is home to Haleakala, the large dormant volcano and also lush jungles. Unlike some of the islands, Maui has accommodation right on the beachside.
Kauai is the oldest of the islands and most recognizable from television. With its sheer cliffs of the Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast and North Shore, Kauai really is an undeveloped rural idyll. Be warned, though, that the roads don’t go all the way around the island, so you’ll need to hike or canoe to the best beaches.
The Big Island of Hawaii has the most varied climate and geography. It is the youngest of the islands and has both lush jungle and bare lava fields due to the volcano being active. You really do need to spend half of your time on one side of this island, and the rest on the other. The west side is the sunny Kohala Coast, and the east is the wetter, volcano side.
Hawaii is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year, but especially so at Christmas. The people of Hawaii are famed for their hospitality and welcome to visitors, so what are you waiting for? Make next Christmas a Mele Kalikimaka.