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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!

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (Ka Po La`ela`e Ka Hikina Mai)
Written by Ed H. Sears & Richard S. Willis  
Hawaiian lyrics by Edward Kahale

Ka po la`ela`e ka hikina mai
Ia mele `oli nei
Mai na `anela i ke ao
Ho`okani mai lakou
He malu he aloha no
Mai ka Makua mai
Mehameha ke ao a pau
Aloha no lakou

Mai loko mai o ke ao
A wehe a`e na `eheu
A `o na mele ke `o mai la
I ke ao luhi nei
Maluna a`e o ka honua
Kulou mai no lakou
Ho`okani no a lohe `ia
Ka leo o na `anela

It came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth goodwill to men
From heavens's all gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing
And ever over its babel sounds
The blessed angels sing

 

 

Recent recordings of
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (Ka Po La`ela`e Ka Hikina Mai)
for purchase:

Ho'okena - Home for the Holidays  

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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