Chinese New Year
St Patrick's Day
Prince Kūhiō Day
Cinco de Mayo
All Saints Day
All Souls Day
Rising of the Pleiades
St. Nicholas Day
Pearl Harbor Day
New Year's Eve
The holidays listed here are those most commonly observed by people living in the islands. They include traditional Hawaiian holidays, American holidays, holidays from around the world, and new and/or alternative holidays which I think are a great idea!
Keep checking back, because we'll be putting in links to recipes and information on the traditions of these many special days, and fixing our code as we work our way through the calenday.
And, if you see any holidays we have missed, please let us know at Leilehua (at) KauKauKitchen (dot) com. Mahalo!
Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany - Late November through 6 January
Gifts from the Kitchen
The Advent of Christmas in Hawaiʻi
The First Christmas in Hawaiʻi
The Missionaries and Christmas in Hawaiʻi
Christmas Finally Becomes Official in Hawaiʻi
What "War on Christmas?" Save Advent!
New Year's Day, January 1 - Most people in Hawaiʻi celebrate the first day of the Gegorian Calendar, often with fireworks and parties. At midnight between the old year and the new, the cacophany and smoke can be overwhelming!
Pro Bowl, End of January
Chinese New Year, Movable, Mid-January to Late February - Chinese New Year or, more accurately, Lunar New Year, is based on an ancient lunisolar calendar that uses astronomical observations of the sun's longitude and the moon's phases. It occurs two new moons before the first day of spring. This means that the date of the lunar new year changes in relation to the Gregorian calendar now used internationally for civil time. For many people, Chinese New Year is celebrated based on Beijing, China time. This year the new moon falls on Feb 8 in both Hawai`i and China.
Valentine's Day, February 14
Week Beginning Easter Sunday
15th Day After Spring Equinox (April 4 or 5)
May 1 - Lei Day
One of our special local holidays is Lei Day. Traditionally held on May 1, it is now celebrated at various times throughout the month. Learn more at LeiDay.org!
Last Monday in May
June through August
June 20 or 21
Fist Monday in September
September 22 or 23
Second Monday of October
November 8 (In 2016)
Long before Christmas was celebrated in Hawai`i, we had our own winter holiday - the Makahiki. Makahiki can be a confusing word. It means "year," "new year," and also refers to the four month long season which heralds the new year in the Hawaiian calendar. In ancient times, as the old year drew to a close, the priests associated with certain temples on the western side of each inhabited Hawaiian island would watch for the appearance of Makali`i - the Pleiades - a star cluster which appears in the evening sky in our October. When the priests could finally distinguish Makali`i in the eastern sky shortly after sunset, they announced the next new moon would begin the Makahiki season. This was a time when warfare and most work were prohibited and the people celebrated with games and sports.
Movable, fourth Thursday in November
Movable, the four Sundays before Christmas
December 21 or 22