Adapted from the classical children’s poem The Night Before Christmas,
this version celebrates the beautiful islands of Hawaii and the traditions of the locals. In this lush tropical paradise, they refer to the holiday as Ka Po Ma Mua O Kalikimaka.
The house, or hale as they call it, is made ready for Santa’s arrival. Mama, Papa, and the keiki (children) have decorated a coconut tree, placed the lauhala (woven baskets) on the porch, and left a snack just for him to enjoy.
As the children drift off to sleep, visions of what Santa might bring fill their dreams. While Mama and Papa watch as Santa, known as Kanakaloka, comes drifting in with his net full of toys. He surfs to the island on his outrigger canoe led by his majestic sea turtles. As he arrives at their hale, he listens as the holiday ornaments magically come to life. The decorations dance all around Santa. It is through their whispers that he knows just what to leave each girl and boy. When Santa is ready to depart, Mama and Papa present him with a lei and bid him farewell as he rides the waves out of sight.