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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!

Mele Kalikimaka (1949)
R. Alex Anderson

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That's the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way
To say "Merry Christmas to you."

(Repeat)

The words "Mele Kalikimaka" are a phonetic translation. When the missionaries and other Westerners first brought the custom of Christmas to the islands the Hawaiians had difficulty pronouncing Merry Christmas and turned it into words that rolled more easily off their tongues.

 

Recent recordings of
Mele Kalikimaka
for purchase:

Hawaiian Style Christmas  

hawaiian_style_christmas_cds
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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