No Grinches allowed.

Not around here.

Not this holiday season.

And no matter what holidays you celebrate – be it Bodhi Day Dec. 8, Hanukkah Dec. 5-12, Hajj Dec. 18-25, Winter Solstice Dec. 21 or Zarathosht Diso Dec. 26, a Zoroastrian holiday recalling the death of the prophet Zarathustra – we’re in quite the celebratory mood at HILuxury.

It is our first holiday season, after all. And there’s lots to celebrate.

The big ones, of course, unavoidable regardless of your religious orientation, are Christmas and New Year’s.

The holiday season is a time of giving gifts and sharing meals, of family and friends, of hope and dreams, and of lifelong memories.

Too often, however, what can be the best time of the year can get bogged down in duties and details. So for this holiday issue, we’re bringing you a variety of gift ideas to make your life easier – from jewelry to beauty products, from cars to aquariums, from fashion to food and wine, from travel to high-tech toys and gadgets. Each of these products and services is available from local merchants – HILuxury is a local magazine in every way.

And because we know your holiday plate is probably full, we’ve designed this issue to be a quick, informative and entertaining read.

Greg Nichols, PGA professional and director of golf at Ko Olina, debuts a golf column in this issue. One of the nicest guys in golf – which is really saying something – Greg also turns out to be a fine writer. In this first column, he offers gift suggestions for the golfers in your life.

And whatever holidays you join us in celebrating, best of all we get to celebrate them in Hawaii where, in the immortal words of R. Alex Anderson, “we know Christmas will be green and bright, the sun to shine by day and all the stars at night.”

May these holidays bring you and your family, in the words of another song of the season, great pleasure and joy.

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