Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou from your Ohana at Holualoa Inn

Santa and an elf at Holualoa Inn
Each year, Holualoa Village fills with joy and celebration at the Annual Music & Light Festival. This year – the 14th annual festival – was no exception. On December 4th, an estimated 2,000 kama’aina and visitors alike enjoyed the delicious foods, talented artists, tree lighting and even a visit from Santa. Favorite local musicians John Keawe, Anela, the Celtic Connection, Greg Shirley, and Bolo performed on three stages throughout the evening, and local shops offered holiday cheer and wonderful gift inspirations.

Christmas was first introduced to Hawaiians in the 1820’s by Protestant missionaries from New England. With no literal Hawaiian translation for the words Merry Christmas, the phonetic phrase Mele Kalikimaka was created. Modern Hawaiian Christmas traditions combine mainland customs with the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival of the winter solstice. This celebration, called Makahiki, honors the Hawaiian god Lono and the earth for all its bountiful foods.

The Makahiki season lasts four months, traditionally from November through February, and was customarily celebrated by resting (no work!), feasting, practicing sports, dancing, making offerings to the chief or ali’i, and enjoying family and friends.

Christmas tree at our Big Island B&B

The term Makahiki means year, thus the Hawaiian phrase Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, or Happy New Year. Your Holualoa Inn ohana invites you to ring in the new year with a romantic Hawaii vacation at our Kona bed and breakfast. Enjoy our beautiful rooms, our delicious breakfasts, explore our grounds and all the adventure the Big Island has to offer. Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn