TIPS ON HOSTING A HAWAII THEME CHRISTMAS PARTY!
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easily add warm touches of Aloha to your holiday party to create a festive fun Hawaii
theme Christmas party wherever you are! It is also lots of fun to hold a Hawaiian Theme
Christmas Party anytime, especially in the warmer summer months, when your guests can
dress comfortably in aloha and beach attire and the party can even be held outdoors! In
fact many people celebrate Christmas in July for that very reason. In addition to our luau
tips provided on this web site, below are tips specific to adding a Hawaii theme to your
luau including decorating tips, games, and recipes.
|HAWAIIAN SANTA & HULA MENEHUNE
Have a man, preferably tanned or a darker skinned man, to play the Hawaiian
Santa. Have him wear a white Santa beard, a red Santa hat, Aloha shirt, shorts, and beach
In addition to a Hawaiian Santa or instead of a Hawaiian Santa you can have a lovely
lady dress as Santas helper Hula Menehune (elf) dressed in a green real grass skirt,
a red, green or white top (bikini or t-shirt), a red Santas hat, and a red silk
CHRISTMAS LUAU ACTIVITIES
Have a Makepono (bargain) gift exchange. Everyone has at least one gift that
theyve received in their closet that's a perfectly good gift, but does not suit
their taste or they already have one. Tell each guest to bring a gift wrapped item they
had previously received as a gift and have never used. Have your guests place their
Makepono gift under the Christmas Tree or on a gift table when they come in. We recommend
the host provide a few extra Makepono gifts for those who may forget. Then have your
Hawaiian Santa and/or lovely Santas helper Hula Menehune (elf) distribute the gifts
randomly to the guests. Encourage everyone to mingle to see what other people got and
trade among each other. As they saying goes; one persons' trash is another persons'
treasure. This fun activity wont cost anyone anything and is a great mixer!
CHRISTMAS WORD FINDER MIXER
This is a really fun mixer that gets your guests to mingle! Create name badges for
each guest with their name in Hawaiian (see our name translation resource at www.alohafriends.com/name.html ) Then
below their Hawaiian name put a Christmas related word in English and its translation in
Hawaiian. Words can be used on more than one name badge.
How Game Works
When your guests arrive have them put on their name badge and give them a paper
listing all of the English Christmas words and advise them to mix with the other guests to
find the translation for all of the words. Advise each guest once they have located all
the translations to put their name on their answer sheet and have a drop box or basket for
your guests to put the completed answer sheets in. Later during the party randomly pull a
winner from everyone who returned a completed Christmas words translations answer sheet
and award a prize.
Christmas Eve Ahiahi Kalikimaka
Christmas Tree Laau Kalikimaka
Garland - Lei
God - Akua
Jesus Christ- Iesu Kristo
Joy, Happy Hauoli
|Merry Christmas - Mele Kalikimaka
Ornament - Wehi
Reindeer - Leinekia
Santa Claus Kanakaloka
Snow Hau Kea
Snowflake Hau puehuehu
Star - Hoku
CHRISTMAS PRESENT GAME
You will need
prize wrapped in several layers of gift wrap and boxes (The more the merrier)
1 Pair of Gloves that will fit up to the largest hands of your guests (The bigger the funnier)
1 Hat (Santa hat, knit hat, or woven palm frond luau hat)
How to play
Have those who will be playing stand in a circle with the gloves, hat, and wrapped
box placed in the center of the circle. The game begins by someone rolling the die. Each
player in turn rolls the die once. If the player rolls a 3 (three) they will then pass the
die to the player next to them, then hurry into the middle to put on the gloves and hat
and start to unwrap the package. Players must move fast because the next player who rolls
a 3 must pass the die and rush to the center where they will take the hat off of the
person already unwrapping. The player already in the center must stop unwrapping
immediately, take off the gloves, gives them to the next person who begins trying to open
the present with the gloves on. The person bumped from the center returns to their spot in
the circle. The game continues like this until the package is completely unwrapped. The
last player unwrapping receives the prize. Keep in mind the trickier you wrap the gift the
more fun it is to open!
|GRAB THE LUCKY CHRISTMAS GECKO BY THE
bandanas or T-shirts or paper tails
Santa Hats (optional)
How to play
Break your guests into teams of 3-5
people. Have the members on each team of 3-5
people hold on to each others waists or link elbows to create the lucky gecko. Put a Santa
hat on the head of the first person and tuck a bandana or t-shirt or paper tail in the
back pocket of the end person so it hangs out and acts as the gecko tail. The object of the game is to steal the tail
of the other geckos while avoiding other geckos who are trying to steal your tail. Teams
must stay linked to participate, no letting go to grab the tail. Only the first person can
reach for the opponents tail. Once a teams tail has been stolen the team must go to
the sideline. The last team to have a
tail wins the title of the ultimate Lucky Gecko Tail Catcher and a prize.
You will need:
8 different individual serving size candies (Candy Cane, Chocolate Santa,
M&Ms, Peanut Butter Cup, etc)
How to play
Have everyone who will play sit on the floor in a circle with the packaged candy
in the middle of the circle. Go around the circle and have everyone say their name and how
they know the host. The host then makes sure that everyone knows what candy is in the
middle by introducing each piece of candy. The person to the hosts right begins by
rolling the dice. If they roll a 7, they can take one of the candies from the middle. The
die continues to go quickly around the circle while people keep picking up candy. When all
of the candies are taken, people then can get other player's candy. In order to get their candy, they must state the person's first name
and the name of the candy they hold. The player who rolls a 7 and matches the name of the
candy and the person takes the other's candy. If they forget either name, they miss their
turn and the dice goes to the next person and they continue to roll. One person can get
more than one candy and people can hide the candy behind their back. The host calls the
end of the game after 20 minutes or whenever they see fit. This is a great way of getting
to know people's name and how to get your favorite candies!
HAWAII THEME CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
(Air Dry Method)
You will need
one cup of fine salt
two cups of flour
half to one cup of water
8X10 Pieces of cardboard covered in wax paper
How to make
In a large bowl mix salt and flour ingredients together. Gradually add 1/2 cup water
and continue to mix. Keep adding water until desired consistency. Once you can
roll it into a ball, knead it on the table for a few minutes, you may need to moisten it a
little but don't make it too moist. Divide the dough ball into smaller balls. Keep all
dough that is not being used covered with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Roll
out a dough ball with a rolling pin as if you were rolling pastry. When it is about
1/8" thick place your cookie cutters in and cut out. Don't forget to make a hole to
hang your ornament from. Place the dough that has been cut with a cookie cutter on a piece
of cardboard that has been covered with wax paper. Use food coloring to create several
different batches of dough in a variety of colors so your guests can add colorful accents
to their ornament. The different color dough can also be used without cookie cutters by
molding the dough into different shapes to create ornaments or small figurines. Advise
your guests when they get home to turn their ornament over several times a day to help
speed up the drying process. It takes anywhere from 30-48 hours to completely dry
depending on the size of the shape and the temperature of the room.
HAWAII THEME CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
(Oven Bake Method)
You will need
two cups flour
one cup salt
one cup water
How to make them
In a large bowl mix salt and flour ingredients together.
Gradually add 1/2 cup water and continue to mix. Keep adding water until desired
consistency. Once you can roll it into a ball, knead it on the table for a few minutes,
you may need to moisten it a little but don't make it too moist. Keep all dough that is
not being used covered with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Roll out a dough
ball with a rolling pin as if you were rolling pastry. When it is about 1/8" thick
place your cookie cutters in and cut out. Don't forget to make a hole to hang your
ornament from. Place the dough that has been cut with a cookie cutter on a piece of
aluminum foil. Use food coloring to create several different batches of dough in a variety
of colors so your guests can add colorful accents to their ornament. The different color
dough can also be used without cookie cutters by molding the dough into different shapes
to create ornaments or small figurines.
Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament. Bake on a foil covered
cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours - or until dry
Decorate: Let cool before you begin and paint with acrylic paints, glue on
beads, buttons; etc. To make them last a long time, coat with acrylic varnish when
everything is dry.
Decorate your Christmas
tree in Hawaii theme ornaments and when someone wins a game allow them to choose an
ornament from the tree to keep as their prize!
CHRISTMAS LUAU RECIPES
Items needed for each "Christmas Candle"
1 pineapple slice
2 maraschino cherries
1 candy mint leaf
1 leaf of lettuce
Place lettuce on plate, put pineapple slice on lettuce, put the cut end of the banana in
hole of pineapple, top with cherry. Place mint leaf on side with another cherry. This can
be made into a fun activity by putting out the ingredients and a completed example then
have your luau attendees create their own. You can even have competitions to see who can
create one the fastest.
Hawaiian Reindeer Snacks
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups regular oats, uncooked
1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts
1-1/2 cups candied pineapple chopped into small pieces
Combine peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Stir in vanilla. Spread oats
in a lightly greased 15z10x1 inch jellyroll pan. Pour peanut butter mixture over oats;
stir to coat evenly. Bake at 300 F for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in
macadamia nuts. Turn oven off and let cool in oven 1-1/2 hours with door closed, stirring
occasionally. Remove from oven; stir in candied pineapple pieces. Makes 8 cups.
Mele Kalikimaka Punch
1 can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1 can frozen pineapple concentrate
1 can cream of coconut
2 liters ginger ale soda
1 bottle sparkling mineral water
Pineapple sherbet balls
Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl and serve!
Santa's Hat Ice Cream Float
1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet
1 bottle of ginger ale
1 can refrigerated instant whipped cream
Red decorator sugar crystals
8 long-stemmed maraschino cherries
Spoon 1 cup ice cream into each of 8 glasses or mugs; pour 1/2 cup ginger ale over each.
Top each with whipped cream, colorful sugar crystals, and a cherry. Makes 8 servings.
Hawaiian Snowball Cookies
1-3/4 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt then set aside. In
a medium bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg
and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture then mix in the
coconut. Drop dough balls by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Cookies balls
should be about 3 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until
lightly toasted. Cool on wire racks.
Santas Favorite Hawaiian Trail Mix
Candied Pineapple Chunks
Mix and serve in a large bowl!
Crock Pot Guava Jelly
1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1 cup guava jelly
1 to 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine chili sauce, jelly, and mustard in Crock Pot and stir well. Cook, covered, on high
while preparing meatballs. Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape into 30
meatballs. Bake meatballs in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes; drain well.
Add meatballs to sauce, stir to coat, cover and cook on low for 6 to 10 hours. This is a
tasty Hawaiian variation of a sweet sour meatball dish!
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