Governor Abercrombie’s 2011 Holiday Message

Governor Abercrombie offers a special holiday message and reflects upon the meaning and values of Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.



We all know Christmas is a special time of the year and we say so every Christmas. But what is it that makes it special? I suspect it’s because we feel we need to remind ourselves about values that represent the holiday season – The value of giving, of sharing joy, of spreading the meaning of Aloha near and far – to family, friends, and even those we meet or scarcely know.

We emphasize these things during the holidays because we fear we may have forgotten them more than a little bit since last Christmas. The idea of the greetings – Mele Kalikimaka – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – is to remind ourselves that perhaps this year we can keep their meaning fresh in our hearts and minds all through the year to come. So, Mele Kalikimaka – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. Love and joy to you this holiday and for all the days to come in the New Year.

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