Oahu has always welcomed a diversity of people with traditions that span cultures. Mochi-pounding, a Japanese custom, is one of those rituals. It’s a day-long preparation of mochi, a sweet rice, that is eaten here on New Year’s Day as a symbol of strength and good luck.
Celebrating Christmas at Halekulani is a long-held and much-loved tradition. The warmth of the season is on display, from the lights that frame the front of the building, to the decorated trees and wreaths throughout the property.
While temperatures on Oahu never tempt the arrival of snow, the spirit of the season lights up the city.