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Friday, December 23, 2011

It’s Christmas time in the islands of Aloha!


Here’s a little history about how this holiday arrived in the islands and some key phrases that you may hear in Hawaii during the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday season.

“Mele Kalikimaka” or Merry Christmas! The words "Mele Kalikimaka" are a phonetic translation. When the missionaries and other Westerners first brought the custom of Christmas to the islands the Hawaiians had difficulty pronouncing Merry Christmas and turned it into words that rolled more easily off their tongues.

Mele Kalikimaka from the Travel Professor!