December 21st, 2016 by Darcy

For the early Hawaiians, the Makahiki season was their time for “peace on earth and goodwill toward men.”

Hawaii’s traditional holiday season lasted for four months. Feasting, dancing and renewing social ties were important elements of the Makahiki festival, with war and conflicts completely sidelined for the duration. As a practical matter, war would have affected crops, detracting from the celebration of the bounty of the land.

The first Christmas celebration in Hawaii was the 1786 command of Captain George Dixon, docked aboard the Queen Charlotte in Waimea Bay on Kauai, for a feast of roasted pig, pie and grog mixed with coconut milk.

In 1856, King Kamehameha IV declared December 25 to be his kingdom’s national day of Thanksgiving. Two years later, Santa Claus visited Hawaii.

Mele Kalikimaka! Merry Christmas from all the Kerrigans: four legs and wagging tails wishing you all the best.

D'Arcy with Kapuna and Wyatt

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