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Thanksgiving In Hawaii

Thanksgiving in Hawaii has a unique history that blends ancient Hawaiian traditions with the American holiday. While the exact origins of Thanksgiving celebrations in Hawaii are unclear, it is believed that the first official Thanksgiving Day celebration took place in Honolulu among the families of American missionaries from New England.

Makahiki: A Hawaiian Harvest Festival

Long before the arrival of Europeans, Native Hawaiians had their own harvest festival called Makahiki. This four-month-long celebration, which began in November, was a time of giving thanks for the bounty of the land, honoring the gods, and engaging in athletic competitions and games. Makahiki was also a time of peace and reconciliation, as wars were suspended during the festival.

Thanksgiving in Hawaii has a unique history that blends ancient Hawaiian traditions with the American holiday. While the exact origins of Thanksgiving celebrations in Hawaii are unclear, it is believed that the first official Thanksgiving Day celebration took place in Honolulu among the families of American missionaries from New England.

Makahiki: A Hawaiian Harvest Festival

Long before the arrival of Europeans, Native Hawaiians had their own harvest festival called Makahiki. This four-month-long celebration, which began in November, was a time of giving thanks for the bounty of the land, honoring the gods, and engaging in athletic competitions and games. Makahiki was also a time of peace and reconciliation, as wars were suspended during the festival.

Thanksgiving in the Kingdom of Hawaii

In 1849, King Kamehameha III declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in the Kingdom of Hawaii. This was 14 years before President Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States. The Hawaiian observance of Thanksgiving was similar to the American holiday, with families gathering for feasts and church services.

Thanksgiving in Modern Hawaii

Today, Thanksgiving is a popular holiday in Hawaii, and many families celebrate with traditional turkey dinners, parades, and football games. However, there are also some unique Hawaiian twists on the holiday. For example, it is common to see leis made of turkey feathers and to eat local foods such as poi and kalua pig instead of stuffing.

Thanksgiving Traditions in Hawaii

Some of the most popular Thanksgiving traditions in Hawaii include:

  • Thanksgiving luaus: These traditional Hawaiian feasts often feature roasted pig, poi, and fresh seafood.
  • Thanksgiving parades: Parades are held in cities across the state, featuring marching bands, floats, and colorful costumes.
  • Thanksgiving football games: Football is a popular sport in Hawaii, and many families gather to watch Thanksgiving football games on television.
  • Thanksgiving volunteering: Many people volunteer their time at local soup kitchens and shelters on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving in Hawaii is a time to celebrate family, friends, and the blessings of life. It is a reminder of the importance of gratitude and the spirit of Aloha.  Happy Thanksgiving from Sea Paradise!

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