One of the questions we hear often from our guests who don’t visit in December is, “do you celebrate Christmas on Kauai?” The answer is, we sure do! Even though we don’t have snow, Kauai becomes a holiday wonderland with lights in downtown Lihue, on peoples’ houses, and even at the Kukui Grove Center mall.

December 7th this year was the launch of the Festival of Lights starting with the Lights on Rice Parade. Here are some photos of the County Courthouse all decked out for Christmas as part of the Festival of Lights.

Click here for a YouTube video of the entire Lights on Rice Parade if you want to watch like you’re in the audience.

The Hawaiian term for Merry Christmas is Mele Kalikimaka. This was made famous by Bing Crosby, as you can see in this video:

Just for fun, here’s a video of 6 year-old Usaburo playing Kanakaloka:

And finally, here’s a video of a Hawaiianish version of the 12 Days of Christmas:

We hope you have a Mele Kalimikimaka.