People have asked me:
Do we have fall in Hawaii?
And I can’t even lie.
Nope. We don’t have fall in Hawaii.
Not even close.
But being the die-hard autumn girl that I am, I live for fall–even when it takes fake pumpkins and a lot of imagination.
Here in Hawaii we do have seasons, but they are very different. I don’t know if I could even call them seasons, it’s more like changes in the waves. This time of year our waves switch from the Summer South Swell, to a Winter North Swell.
And that’s pretty much it. Ha.
But it is very exciting when the waves come to the North Shore every fall. Crowds start coming to town for the Triple Crown Surf Series and a winter filled with pro surfers and epic contests.
Fall does cool down a little bit (thankfully–It’s been so hot and humid lately!) and as it gets closer to winter it begins to rain a lot more. Up on the hill where I live it rains at some point pretty much every day. It usually starts to pour rain late at night, just as I’m getting ready for bed, (COZY!) but the sun will still come out for most of the day.
The only other thing that sets our seasons apart is what fruit is growing. Every September, we get a big harvest of avocados, pomelos, macadamia nuts, pears, and starfruit. (Bananas and papaya grow year round.)
I have to buy apples at the market, but that’s ok. (I have to get caramel there too.)
I do get a little homesick for the Pacific Northwest every year around this time. If I can, I try to plan any travels for fall so I can get my little fix.
Here in Hawaii, we have to put a little extra effort into creating our own “autumn.”
Here are a few things we do every year:
1. Burn a lot of scented candles. I have tried a lot of other brands, but I always seem to come back to a few Yankee Candle favorites: Spiced Pumpkin, Cinnamon Stick, Home Sweet Home . These are my splurge every year and I burn them almost constantly from September through December.
2. As soon as it gets a little cooler, I make hot spiced cider a lot. We all love it, and again: It’s all about the smell.
3. I decorate the house with pumpkins and any other fall things I can find. It’s not a lot, but it helps.
4. Music. Ok, maybe there isn’t such thing as “fall music” but from the beginning of the school year we play a lot of jazz and orchestra music around the house. It really sets a peaceful tone and puts us all in a good mood. It’s good for studying too.
AND– Caramel apples!
Jonah and I hurried to our little grocery store to get everything to make caramel apples today, because we just realized that tomorrow he is getting braces on his lower teeth! This would be his last chance to enjoy biting into a caramel apple! Our little local grocery store didn’t have most of the fall decorations we wanted for the apples, or the sticks we usually use (we ended up using chopsticks to hold the apples!) but we still had fun.
So…Do we have fall in Hawaii?
No. But we’ll be ok.
Is it fall where you live?
Go ahead and rub it in if you wish–I can take it! (Be gentle.)
Have an amazing weekend!