Traditional Christmas Greeting: "Mele Kalikimaka"
Location: Pacific Rim
Tree Type: Cultural

- The decorations on their tree symbolize traditional Hawaiian pastimes and wonders of Hawaii.
- Poi balls are white balls on braided yarn used in New Zealand by women for dancing.

Though it is a part of the United States, holiday celebrations in Hawaii might seem foreign to many visitors. On Christmas Eve, friends and families often get together to enjoy sushi, tamales, manapua (steamed rolls filled with chicken or pork), coconut pudding, and poi at a lu'au. Instead of chestnuts, guests can find pork roasting on an open fire. They sing to carols played on the ukelele, not the organ or the piano. When it's time for Santa Claus to deliver presents, he arrives on the beach in a big red canoe, not a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Every year, Hawaii's biggest holiday celebration takes place in Honolulu. "Honolulu City Lights" includes a 50-foot pine tree, elaborately decorated wreaths and garlands, and live entertainment.

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