In case you were wondering, “ Mele Kalikimaka, is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day,” according to Bing Crosby, and he’s not wrong. In Hawaiian, Mele Kalikimaka means, Merry Christmas. Now that you know the proper greeting for a Hawaiian Christmas it’s time to see how you can have a breezy island Christmas even if you’re not on the island. We will walk through how to have a Hawaiian traditional Christmas, while being eco-friendly and plant based.
When you get off of the plane you are traditionally greeted with a beautiful floral lei. Why not keep this tradition as your guest walk into your house, except you may need to forgo the flowers if it’s snowy in your neck of the woods. If you have extra garland, make garland necklaces with a few bows on it. Or, learn how to make different types of lei’s online with stretchy ribbon. Your guests will already feel the island joy as they cross over your door step into a tropical paradise.
The decorations are what provides your gathering with a flowing atmosphere. Research the Polynesian culture, to learn more about their traditions, to make your Hawaiian Christmas as authentic as possible. In Hawaii, poinsettia bushes are everywhere, which may be fun to include in your decorations. Make your Hawaiian decorations to still have a traditional flare, with a Hawaiian trend. You can add accents in your regular decor to give a tropical pop that lurks behind corners for your guests to sight.
Of course in Hawaii, Palm trees replace your traditional evergreen tree, but if you don’t live in the tropics you will probably be sticking to your evergreen tree. It is perfectly alright to keep to your traditions; try making some origami to place on your tree, along with some clay pineapple ornaments. If you’d rather make your tree as “beachy” as possible, light your tree with beach themed lights, and ornaments.
It may be frosty, but inside it’s nice and toasty by the fire, which means you can get away with wearing some tropical clothing. Ask your guests to wear some comfy and fun themed clothing that fits the Hawaiian theme. You may not be hanging out at the beach, but you can still gather for a heck of a Christmas celebration. Break out your guitars, ukuleles, or instruments just like the Hawaiians would, while enjoying the summer breeze.
Try a kabob recipe, rice, and plant based meatballs to immerse yourself in the Polynesian cuisine.
Sweet Polynesian Plant based Meatball Recipe:
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Vegan Meatless Ground Beef
- Flax seed egg replacer ( 2 Tbsp of flaxseed meal, 5 Tbsp of water: yields two eggs as needed for recipe)
- ⅔ cup of Almond milk
- 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
- ⅔ cup of vegan friendly bread crumbs
- ½ tsp of dried parsley
- ½ tsp of chili powder
- ½ tsp of sea salt
- ½ tsp of black pepper
- ½ cup of natural grape jelly
- 1 bottle or make your own sweet chili sauce
Set oven to preheat at 350 degree Fahrenheit.
In a large pan place olive oil and onion in on a medium-heat let this cook until onions are lightly brown, then add in the garlic, crushed red pepper and cook for one minute, or until the garlic is lightly brown.
Make sure you turn off of the heat and let the pan cool.
Once the onion mixture is cool add it to large bowl along with the vegan meatless beef, bread crumbs, almond milk, parsley, salt, pepper, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
Mix them together and form into 1 inch balls.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until brown.
Let it sit for five minutes, and enjoy.