Hawaii A Melting Pot of New Year Traditions

Hawaii  A Melting Pot of New Year Traditions

Hawaii A Melting Pot of New Year Traditions

Posted on December 27, 2016
Hawaii – A Melting Pot of New Year Traditions

Whether you’re just a visitor to the islands, been a long time resident, or grew-up here, one cannot deny that Hawaii is a very special place to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

Located in the middle of the Pacific, the “Cultural Melting Pot” that is the Hawaiian Islands have birthed some very unique and festive New Year traditions that is celebrated by its ethnically diverse inhabitants. It is because of its diverse ethnic composition that you will find several worldwide traditions being practiced at once.

These traditions, that are still practiced today, can be traced back to Hawaii’s Plantation Era. As the many different immigrants came from across the globe to work in the sugar cane and pineapple fields, they brought with them the traditions of their homelands.

Perhaps one of the most iconic, and widely celebrated New Year’s custom in Hawaii are firecrackers. In the hours leading up to the New Year, the defining sound of firecrackers and thick smoke fill the air. Kids run around the street and families string long stands of firecrackers in front of their homes. This practice was brought in the 19th Century by the Chinese, and over a 100 something years later, the tradition doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  Believed to ward of the “evil spirits”, the defining sounds of the firecrackers truly create a unique experience for those whom have never experienced such a thing.
 

Food – and lots of it! For the people of Hawaii, New Year’s Eve and Day are two more days to “loosen-up” the belt once again.  Feast on some of the best local favorites! For example, Portuguese prepare bean soup, Filipinos cook up pork adobo (marinated, boiled meat), and the Chinese make different kinds of dumplings. All deliciously satisfying, and hard not to resist the second helping.

The Japanese practice a custom that is called mochitsuki. Mochi is sweet rice that literally pounded into a sticky texture. Friends, neighbors, and family take part in the pounding. Once the mochi has been pounded to perfection, it is then rolled into small circles. It is enjoyed with kinako (soybean powder), shoyu (soy sauce), and my personal favorite azuki (red bean paste). You can also have mochi in a special soup called ozoni, which is intended to bring you good luck.

Another tradition, gifted by the Japanese, is the display of kadomatsu near your front door. Similar to flower arrangements, the decorative pieces are made of green bamboo and pine boughs tied together. People place them at the front door or entrance to a building to bring in good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Bringing families and communities together is something that Hawaii does best during the New Year. It is a day that your entire family, and even extended family, get together and enjoy each other’s company. Perhaps your family would like to start a new tradition and enjoy a nice round of golf this year? Book online at www.kahiligolf.com and use Promo Code: NYEAR17 and save $5 off online rates – our gift from us to you.

From all of us here at the Kahili Golf Course and Restaurant, we would like to wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.