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Tourists escape snow for a warm Christmas

Don Branwell Don Branwell
Charlotte Carrico Charlotte Carrico

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Some people from the mainland have chosen Hawaii as their Christmas vacation destination. Our 80-degree weather is quite attractive to those experiencing freezing temperatures.

It's not looking a lot like Christmas, at least here in Hawaii anyways. Our warm beaches look more like summer anywhere else.

That's why so many snowbirds are flying west for the winter, folks like Dan and Charlotte Carrico from Jerome, Idaho.

"It was snowing and it was like 10 degrees," said Charlotte Carrico. "It was horrible. Great big flakes and it was cold, windy. I'm glad to be here."

"We wanted to get out of the cold, snowy weather and celebrate Christmas on a warm beach with a mai tai," added her husband Dan Carrico.

They're the lucky ones. Some people who wanted a Mele Kalikimama have had their flights delayed.

And in some cases, folks' luggage are on vacation without them. Harsh weather on the mainland has put a damper on their Christmas spirit.

"Chicago and San Francisco and the northwest have also experienced a lot of snow the last few days and ice storms," said Shallon Cole, a United Airlines employee. "And San Francisco had fog last couple of days, so it's been like all over the mainland."

These bags are going back to the mainland. They belong to folks who never made it out here.

And Don Branwell and his wife are going back home to Kansas after spending a week in Hawaii.

"I'm thinking it's going to be awful cold when we get back home," said Branwell, who is visiting from Spivey, Kansas. "I hate to leave this place but you have to."

But for the Carricos, their Hawaiian vacation is just getting started.

"I'm originally from Iowa and I've had plenty of White Christmases, so it'll be nice to sit on the beach and enjoy it," said Charlotte Carrico.

A Merry Christmas: Hawaiian style.

Airline officials say snow and fog have delayed some flights, but airports in the Midwest and the East Coast report few problems or delays so far.

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