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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!

Joy to the World (Hiki Mai Hau`oli Honua)
Written by Isaac Watts      Music by George Handel    
Hawaiian lyrics by Hiram Bingham

Pomaika`i wale ko ke ao
Ua hiki mai ke Ali`i
E moe e na `aina a pau
E malu nui mai
E malu nui mai
E malu, malu nui mai

Hau`oli `o Iesu ke Ali`i
Mahalo kanaka
Ho`okani a`e na mea a pau
E pau ho`i na kina
E pau ho`i na kina
E pau, e pau ho`i na kina

A nana e ho`omalu mau
Ke aupuni pomaika`i
A `ike pu na `aina a pau
Ia pono e ola ai
Ia pono e ola ai
Ia pono, pono e ola ai

Joy to the world
The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King, let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonder of His love

 

 

Recent recordings of
Joy to the World (Hiki Mai Hau`oli Honua)
for purchase:

Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas 

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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)
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Silent Night (Po La`i E)



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