MELE KALIKIMAKA AND HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU

Well, Christmas is here and I can only hope I survive until after the New Year arrival still fitting in the same dress size. Mumu’s are one size fits most.

Despite the fact that there is no snow (except on the top of Mauna Kea), no real Jack Frost nip in the air (although it did get down to 65 degrees last night) no chestnuts roasting on an open fire (will turkey slowly smoking on the BBQ grill suffice?) and no traditional jingle of the Christmas carol bells ( sounding of the conch horn and strumming of the ukulele are a good substitute), we here in Hawaii do get into the Season spirit with all our heart and soul.
Santa gives up his warm fuzzy suit and boots for board shorts and flip flops rents a condo for the holiday and chills out on the beach with a Pina Colada. He arrives here in Kona in an outrigger canoe escorted by spinner dolphins instead of a sled and reindeer and Palm trees are decked in colorful lights in lieu of a Douglas fir or Noble Pine. Ok different customs for different climate zones. As Jimmy Buffet says “Changes in Latitude Changes in Attitude”

There is no lack of the holiday spirit here or spirits in general, I must admit. The last week has been a whirlwind of parties and entertaining. Clients, Family and friends from the Mainland come to escape the harsh winter and we love any reason to celebrate. Instead of the Twelve Days of Christmas, I am singing the 12 pounds of Christmas. Who knew all the good food, rich desserts, and wine and egg nog could taste so good and yet be so cruel to the waist and hips. OK I admit I knew but just ignored the obvious.
Macadamia nut pie, Haupia custard, Chocolate covered mac nuts, mac nut crusted ono, lilikoi wine, passionfruit port, kalua pig in the outdoor Imu, rice, lots of rice, potato mac salad, mango cheescake and so on and on and on. These all taste too good to be bad.

From our side of the Blue Pacific where balmy breezes blow please accept our sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful Holiday Season. May your new year be happy, healthy and prosperous, may peace and laughter be you constant companions, and may you find yourselves in Hawaii sometime in the coming year. Call me when you get here. I would love to share my island with you.
MERRY, HAPPY, BLESSED TO ALL , AND TO ALL HIGH SURF , GOOD FISHING, AND DON’T FORGET THE SUN SCREEN.