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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!

Silent Night (Po La`i E)
Lyrics by: Joseph Mohr     Music by: Franz Gruber
Translated by: Noelani Kanoho Mahoe and Samuel H. Elbert

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, 
Maluhia, malamalama 
Ka makuahine aloha e 
Me ke keiki hemolele e 
Moe me ka maluhia lani 
Moe me ka maluhia lani 

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, 
Oni na kahu hipa e 
I ko ka lani nani no 
Mele na `anela haleluia. 
Hanau `ia Kristo ka haku. 
Hanau `ia Kristo ka haku. 

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, 
Keiki hiwahiwa aloha e, 
Ka lama la`i mai luna mai 
Me ka lokomaika`i makamae. 
Iesu i kou hanau `ana. 
Iesu i kou hanau `ana.

Peaceful night, wonderful night, 
Peace, light 
The beloved mother 
With the holy child 
Sleep in heavenly peace. 
Sleep in heavenly peace. 

Peaceful night, wonderful night, 
The shepherds come 
With the heaven's beauty 
The angels sing hallelujah.
Christ the Lord is born. 
Christ the Lord is born. 

Peaceful night, wonderful night,
Beloved sacred child, 
Light of peace from above 
With goodwill and purity. 
Jesus for your birth. 
Jesus for your birth. 

Na Mele O Hawai`i Nei." 1970, University of Hawai`i Press

 

 

Recent recordings of
Silent Night (Po La`i E)
for purchase:

Makaha Sons - Christmas Day in Hawaii Nei 
 
The Brothers Cazimero's - Cazimero Christmas Favorites 

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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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