Mele Kalikimaka Means "Merry Christmas" Island Style

Merry Christmas! Although it’s currently 78 degrees in my house right now, and 80 degrees outside, we got a true taste of our old life with the wild weather we had last night! The lightning, thunder and driving rain reminded us of spending Christmas with my mom on the Oregon Coast. The good news about Hawaii, however, is that there were no howling winds, sleet, and snow to accompany the showers!

Christmas in Hawaii is truly looking out over the blue ocean, palm trees slightly moving in a light breeze and enjoying the sounds of our children ripping open their presents and the delighted squeals of seeing a “Pillow Pet” or “Sands of Time” Lego set. It’s not the location; it’s the day, it’s the feeling. We are many miles away from all of our friends and family on the mainland, but we are only a phone call away.

We won’t be going down to the beach in our snow jackets like we do in Oregon, we will be taking our jackets up to Mauna Kea to get a familiar blast of cold air and perhaps see a blanket of snow. Then we will head down to the beach in our shorts and count our Hawaiian location blessings!

I am sending out love, light and peaceful energy to all and a wish to you for a beautiful holiday season. Mele Kalikimaka! (also if you are looking to come to Kona during the next few months, we are now renting the condo next door to ours for only $89 a night-we have openings throughout Jan-April! Details here!

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Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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