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Holidays in Hawaii – Like a Cashmere Sweater…

20,000 lights in Puako Beach, HI

Winter Holidays in Hawaii are something akin to slipping on a cashmere sweater, so soft and lightweight, you almost don’t notice you’re warm until you’re, well, chilled…

Based on some HGTV shows, it appears that everyone on the mainland goes overboard when it comes to holiday lights. While we do enjoy our lights in Hawaii, perhaps the 72-75 degree average winter temperature with slight breezes makes us a bit more disinclined to get up on a ladder and actually hang the lights (and instead go to the beach with a good book).

One of those bravely-climbing-ladder souls, right here in Puako Beach, on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, has an amazing show for us this holiday season. Down on the mauka side of puako, right near Pani’au,  the owners have strung over 20,000 lights and have them on daily from 6-10pm. They say people often pull over and cut their engines to gwak at the lights (as we did, here) and occasionally they receive drive-by accolades, “You rule, Griswalds!”

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Susanna Kunkel

December 21, 2009

Katie, great analogy – but I have to laugh at myself. Cashmere would be too light for me lately – have been sleeping in sweats, under 3 blankets. And it’s not even down past 65!

Susanna Kunkel

December 21, 2009

Katie, great analogy – but I have to laugh at myself. Cashmere would be too light for me lately – have been sleeping in sweats, under 3 blankets. And it’s not even down past 65!

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