As the new year is welcomed across the world, we pause to share the spirit of aloha with readers of the Hawaii Vacation Blog. This year marked the addition of new voices from three regular contributors. Here are their holiday greetings from the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii (Big Island).

I celebrated my first Hawaiian Christmas in Kauai and it was full of contrasts. Instead of driving through the frigid snow-blown plains of Colorado to my brothers house, we drove down winding jungle roads past waterfalls and lush vegetation to a friends house. Instead of ham we had mahi mahi, instead of potato gratin we had a gratin made with taro, the ancient Hawaiian staple poi is made from. I was surprised by the warmth and sunshine this time of year in Kauai offers. Being from Colorado, Christmas always brought cold, snow, cold, and had you scurrying inside for warmth and pine scented trees. Despite the contrasts in weather, the warm human spirit of the season was abundant and I enjoyed the aloha spirit amplified during the holiday season. As they say in Hawaii Hauoli Makahiki Hou, Happy New Year from Kauai and mahalo for your comments, I love interacting with you!

— Marta Lane

It seemed like a miracle that the sun came out Christmas day and it was warm and wonderful weather.
I spent the morning out on the water off Lanikai beach, kayaking to the mokeloa islands, along with countless other locals and visitors. The surf was unusually high for this break and there must have been 100 people in the water enjoying the swell. Upon returning to Lanikia beach, a local family had set up two decorated trees and invited everyone to use it for pictures. This same family played guitar and sang popular holiday and hawaiian music, which everyone in earshot enjoyed. The beach was just overflowing with Christmas wishes and what made it so special for me was to hear visitors express how this had to be one of their bests Christmases ever. I love it when people love Hawaii.

— Katherine Finch

One of the best things about getting a mid-December snow on Mauna Kea here on the Hawaii’s Big Island is that when mainland friends and family start sending texts and emails with photos of their “White Christmases” I can send back an “Us Too!” message. Even though it was a cloudy weekend, we had enough glimpses of the remaining snow on the summits that we could go to sleep on Christmas Eve knowing it was still a White Christmas on the Big Island this year.
As the old year passes fast away, I hope you all have a healthy and prosperous New Year filled with joy and happiness.

— Cynthia Hoskins

If 2011 brings you to our islands, welcome! If not, please continue to join us for a virtual Hawaii vacation. A day filled with aloha is a good day, whether you are in Hawaii, remembering your visit or hoping for one in the future. Aloha!


  1. Happy New year to you all!  I have enjoyed reading each blog post by you four wonderful writers. I've learned so many new things about the islands I call home, so thank you!!!!
    Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!!!   Bring on 2011…it's going to rock!!!

  2. Mahalo Nui to our wonderfully informative bloggers, who bring so much advice about everything under our beautiful Hawaiian Sun.  Even for someone like me who was born and raised here for my entire 57 years, I learn and am enlightened by you ladies everyday!  Hauoli Maka Hiki Hou to all of you! 

  3. Marta, Katherine, Cynthia and Cindy:

    I would like to express just how much I appreciate all you have done to make the Hawaii vacation blog  amazing. We have learned so much from your posts in the last year which has become a tremendous archive of information that can't be found anywhere else. Our blog is truly unique. Coming from the minds of people who are discovering something new about Hawaii every day because they are "living" Hawaii.

    To our blog editor Cindy, I would like to to give a heartfelt Mahalo Nui Loa. From day one,  Cindy has executed the vision we had for our blog flawlessly pulling from her background as a seasoned journalist.

    We are so proud of you and happy to have a part of our Ohana. Happy New year and I look forward to hearing more of your voice in 2011.

  4. Wow! Came back from a New Year's Eve sail to such wonderful comments! Thank you all! Telling people about Hawaii is a labor of love – I am amazed by something new every day! Happy New Year everyone!

  5. Cindy and Bruce,
    Thank you for the opportunity to share some of the things I love about the Big Island here on the HAT blog. Preparing a post to send your way has become an enjoyable break from my weekly routine and it makes me appreciate where I live even more. I hope I get a chance to meet you both in person in the New Year!
    To all those who have taken time to read and share your additional insights on the Big Island posts, Mahalo! Part of the fun of living here is the continuous process of discovery, and these "conversations" are now a part of that for me.

    The New Year is now less than 3 hours away. Here's to a WONDERFUL 2011!

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