Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka

This month's Wed Club topic was "Christmas Around the World". Serena's choice? Hawaii. Why?  I don't know.

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".
Serena did a hula dance number with the song "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.

Mele Kalikimaka!

1 comment:

  1. Serena would be a good hula dancer
    Nanny & Papa