Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hawaiian Coconut Creche Nativity - Christmas in Hawaii

Bringing Polynesia to you is more easier than ever before and with the holiday's coming up, we're more than happy to wish everyone a very Merry Hawaiian Christmas - Mele Kalikimaka.

The traditional manger scene everyone is familiar with takes on a little twist in Hawaii. People picture the South Pacific with tropical palm trees, beautiful white sand beaches, and warm sunny skies. They also are right in assuming that coconut trees are an important part of island life. Coconut trees are a source of so many things including food, drink, oil, wood, weaving material, rope, shade, and decorative items aplenty. It is called - the tree of life.

One of the more creative and fun uses of the coconut (niu in Hawaiian) is our own coconut creche. It's a Hawaiian manger nativity scene complete with wooden stable animals, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and just a touch of the islands - a coconut palm tree. The manger is made of the inside of the coconut husk. The cleaned out coconut husk sits atop another piece of coconut.

Putting the creche together is a labor of love and even more so because they are assembled by Lanakila Pacific, a provider of services and programs geared toward building independence for people with challenged lives.

This is a great gift for those who have visited or lived in Hawaii. It's also great for those who want to share the "aloha spirit" with their loved ones.

Don't wait. Avoid the rush and save when you buy more than one at Black Pearl Designs.

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