Because makahiki also means “year”, the Hawaiian phrase for ” Happy New Year” became “Hau’oli ( happy ) Makahiki (year) Hou (new)” (how-OH-lee mah-kah-hee-kee ho). As Christmas and New Year are close together, you can even say “Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou,” or ” Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”
Let’s look at some key phrases that you may hear in Hawaii during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season: Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou— Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
The Hawaiian transliteration of “Merry Christmas ” is “Mele Kalikimaka.” Here’s to a very merry Christmas —and Mele Kalikimaka! Leilani is a Hawaii native, blogger, and avid surfer.
Happy/ Merry Christmas in Korean is ‘Meri krismas’ (메리 크리스마스) or ‘seongtanjeol jal bonaeyo’ (성탄절 잘 보내요) or ‘Jeulgaeun krismas doeseyo’ (즐거운 크리스마스 되세요). Christians can say ‘Sungtan chukhahaeyo’ (성탄 축하해요) to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Happy/ Merry Christmas in lots more languages.
Hawai’i is also the only American state to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English . However, a 3rd unofficial language is also widely spoken, Pidgin which is a slang combining words from many aspects of island life and culture.
Hawaiian Leis No other gift is as symbolic of Hawaii as the lei. Leis traditionally represent love, respect, congratulations, reverence and welcome. Flowers typically provide the material for leis now, but human hair, bird feathers, shells and dog teeth were all used by the ancient Hawaiians .
10 Hawaiian phrases to learn before you go Aloha – Hello. Pronounced a-lo-ha. Mahalo – Thank you. Pronounced mah-hah-loh. A hui hou – Until we meet again. Pronounced ah-hoo-wee-ho-oo-uu. Howzit? – How are you? Honu – Green sea turtle. Pronounced hoe-new. ‘Ono grinds – Delicious food. Pronounced oh-no grinds. Waina – Wine. A ‘o ia!
What’s a traditional Hawaiian gift ? One of the most universally exchanged gifts in Hawaii are leis. These can be fresh flower leis, ribbon leis, feather leis, or kukui nut leis. You can even purchase silk flower leis at gift shops to bring home for friends and family.
Prior to Christianity, Hawaiians would celebrate the indigenous tradition of Makahiki. Based on the lunar calendar, the four-month long festival focused on resting and eating to celebrate the earth and the local god, Lono. Now this period is mixed with Christmas but the most important thing has stayed – food!
Breakfast . Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice is one of the most common breakfasts of Hawaii . It includes linguiça (Portuguese sausage), eggs, and white rice. The McDonald’s franchise in Hawaiʻi has adapted this dish and put it on their breakfast menu as a replacement to bacon, ham, and eggs.
Sometimes Christmas dinner consists of a traditional lu’au, complete with a pig roasted in an underground pit, chicken long rice (chicken noodle soup, Hawaiian style), lomilomi salmon, and poi. A less formal get-together is called kanikapila (kah-nee-kah-PEE-lah), which means “to make music”.