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by Leilehua Yuen

Holidays

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January
    New Year
  Chinese New Year

February
   Valentine's Day

March
   Girl's Day
   St Patrick's Day
   Prince Kūhiō Day

April
   Vernal Equinox
   Easter Sunday
   Qing Ming

May
  Lei Day
   Boys' Day
   Cinco de Mayo
   Memorial Day

June
   Kamehameha Day
   Summer Solstice

July
   Independance Day

August
   O-Bon
   Hawai'i Statehood

September
   Labor Day
   Atumnal Equinox
   Explorers Day

October
   Halloween

November
   All Saints Day
   All Souls Day
   Election Day
   Rising of the  Pleiades
  Makahiki
   Thanksgiving

December
  Advent
   St. Nicholas Day
   Pearl Harbor Day
   Christmas Eve
   Christmas Day
   Hanukkah
   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!

December

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!

January

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.

February

Valentine's Day, February 14

Hina Matsuri - Girls' Day

March 3

St. Patrick's Day

March 17

Vernal Equinox

March 20

Prince Kūhiō Day

March 26

Easter Sunday

Varies

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

Week Beginning Easter Sunday

Quing Ming

15th Day After Spring Equinox (April 4 or 5)

May

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!


Lei Day

May 1

Tango no Sekku - Boys' Day

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

May 5

Memorial Day

Last Monday in May

Kamehameha Day

June 11

Independance Day

July 4

O-Bon

June through August

Summer Solstice

June 20 or 21

Hawaiʻi Statehood Day

August 19

Labor Day

Fist Monday in September

Autumnal Equinox

September 22 or 23

Explorers' Day

Second Monday of October

Halloween

October 31

All Saints' Day

November 1

All Souls' Day

November 2

Election Day

November 8 (In 2016)

Rising of the Pleiades

November 17

Makahiki - the Hawaiian New Year

Movable

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.

Thanksgiving Day

Movable, fourth Thursday in November

Sundays in Advent

Movable, the four Sundays before Christmas

Saint Nicholas Day

December 6

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7

Winter Solstice

December 21 or 22

Christmas Eve

December 24

Christmas Day

December 25

Hanukkah

Movable

New Year's Eve

December 31