Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

It’s another round of the wondering Blog Caroling hosted by Footnote Maven (aka Linda Rae Palmer).  I was trying to find something traditionally Hawaiian and didn’t have much luck.  I settled on a beautiful Hawaiian version of Mele Kalikimaka.

The History of the Song, Mele Kalikimaka

The song originated in 1949 and was written by Robert Alex Anderson.  One of the earliest recordings, according to Wikipedia was by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters (1950)

Robert Alex Anderson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1894.  He grew up in Honolulu and was a World War I veteran.

He was a businessman turned song writer.  He wrote several songs in the Hawaiian genre.  Mele Kalikimaka is his most well known.

I could post of video of that Bing Crosby/Andrew Sisters version.  But, I like the version by this husband and wife duo from Maui.

Enjoy!

These are the lyrics to the song

“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 will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you

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 will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you

Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you

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 will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas,
A very Merry Christmas, a very, very, very Merry Merry Christmas to you”

If you would like to learn more about Portuguese and Hawaiian Christmas Holidays traditions, head on over to YourIslandRoutes.

Enjoy your festivities whatever shape they may take.  Hope Santa puts some nice genealogy related presents under your tree…a new cousin or a busted brick wall ancestor, perhaps?

 

Wishing all my visitors

a very Merry Christmas

Feliz Natal

Mele Kalikimaka

Joyeux Noel

Happy Holidays

and a Happy New Year! 

 

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2 thoughts on “Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

  1. I have the Bing – Andrew Sisters version of this song. It’s a very pretty song. I really enjoyed it several years ago when we took a December cruise to Hawaii and heard it there.

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