Many students at BYU–Hawaii said they were staying home for the holidays due to the financial burden it would cause them and their families if they returned home. Despite going home, students agreed that Hawaii can feel like home as they make new traditions with their friends.
With the commercialization of Christmas, the true meaning of the holiday is often overlooked. BYU–Hawaii students said they are adamant in creating traditions that will help them remember that Christ is the reason for the celebration.
Christmas season began on Sept. 1 and extends to Christmas day for Filipino students of BYU-Hawaii and returned missionaries who have served missions in Philippines. Special foods, gatherings and traditions are shared throughout the country.