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Celebrating Hanukkah in Hawaii

Information about about where and how to celebrate and observe Hanukkah in Hawaii.

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle's 2008 Chanukah Greeting
On behalf of the people of Hawaii, we send our personal greetings of aloha to those of the Jewish faith who are celebrating Chanukah. This year, the Festival of Lights began at sundown on December 21 and continues until December 29. This is a special time of year to commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago. According to tradition, there was only enough oil in the sacred lamp to last for one day, but upon being lit, the oil continued to burn brightly for eight days. Throughout the world, the Chanukah celebration begins by lighting the first candle of the menorah in homes and synagogues. This act is repeated throughout Chanukah as a symbol of enlightenment, hope and gratitude. Other customs include enjoying traditional foods, such as potato latkes, as well as giving Chanukah gelt to and spinning the dreidel with children. As the Jewish community in Hawaii celebrates Chanukah, let the continued illumination of the lamp act as a reflection of the light, the aloha spirit, within us all. Best wishes for a joyous, peaceful and happy Chanukah!

Order Hanukkah Flowers from Beretania Florist
A collection of flowers in traditional Hanukkah colors that can be ordered from Beretania Florist at 1293 South Beretania Street in Honolulu.

Honolulu City Lights Includes a Menorah
The annual Honolulu Hale (Honolulu City Hall) winter holiday lights display features both Christmas decorations and a Menorah.

10 Things to KNow about Hanukkah
Article by Barry Abisch on the Web site of Hawaii television station KHNL.

See also:
- Celebrating Christmas in Hawaii
- Celebrating New Year's Eve in Hawaii
- Events This Month in Hawaii

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