We have lots of diversity here in Maui, all contributing to make a wonderful holiday.
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaiian for "Merry Christmas." There are lots of phrases like this in the Hawaiian language that are really just phonetic translations of English, Portuguese and/or Japanese. When the missionaries first brought the traditions of Christmas to the islands, the Hawaiians had difficulty saying "Merry Christmas," so they ended up with "Mele Kalikimaka."
I am looking forward to sharing local Christmas traditions with someone far away!