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Christmas in Hawaii isn't complete without the fun and festive holiday Hawaiian music. It's the traditional with a definite island twist. Filled with lyrics in both Hawaiian and English, these songs are a joy for anyone wishing to remember and reminisce about the holidays in Hawai'i Nei. Mele Kalikimaka!

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Betelehema Iki E)
Written by Phillip Brooks & Lewis Redner  
Hawaiian lyrics by Edward Kahale

Betelehema iki e
Ke `ike nei makou
Kou moe `ana i ka po
Pane`e a`e na hoku
La`ela`e no kou mau ala
Ka lama e ola ai
Ka li`a ka weli o na kau
Aia no me `oe

Hanau `ia `o Kristo
A hui a`e ko `o
Moe ko ke ao a kia`i mau
Na`anela maika`i
Hui pu na hoku ao
Kukala a`e `oukou
A mililani i ke Akua
He malu i kanaka

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark street shineth
The everlasting light
The hopes andfears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep
The angels keep their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And peace to all on earth

 

 

Recent recordings of
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Betelehema Iki E)
for purchase:

Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas 

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Away in a Manger (He Kapu Hanai)
Christmas Day in Hawaii Nei
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
(Hamau E Na Kanaka)
Hawaiian Santa
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

     (He Po Laelae Ka Hiki `Na Mai)
Jingle Bells
(Kani Na Pele)
Joy to the World
(Pomaikai Wale Ko Ke Ao)
Mele Kalikimaka
Numbah One Day of Christmas

     (The 12 Days of Christmas local style)
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Hoonanai Kakou Iaia)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Betelehema Iki E)
Silent Night (Po La`i E)



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