Wednesday, December 7, 2011
If you strip away all the commercialization, there's unfortunately not much left of Christmas in Hawaii. We did learn that it was the protestant missionaries from New England who formally introduced Christmas to the Hawaiian people in 1820. The locals had trouble saying "Merry Christmas", so the missionaries made a phonetic translation - "Mele Kalikimaka".
Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby. We made a Hawaiian coconut pudding called haupia, a popular dessert served at luaus and all sorts of festivities including Christmas.