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~ Mele Kalikimaka from Hawai'i ~

Santa in his outrigger
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way of saying Merry Christmas, as is shown in the popular Christmas song shown below. This song is sung widely and with gusto, even by those who claim to be sick and tired of it. Feel free to sing along with the video below.

In Hawai'i, Santa shows up in a red outrigger canoe (a magic one, of course) which carries him across the wide sea and right up onto the beach. Since Hawai`i only gets snow on top of the highest mountains (which are volcanoes!) on the Big Island and Maui, sleighs aren't of much use and the reindeer get to take a little rest while deliveries are being made in the Islands.

As in other lands, trees are decorated, songs are sung and the malls and resorts get decorated to within an inch of their lives-- but in Hawai'i you'll find a Christmas statue of Santa riding a dolphin, draped in leis.

You will find a short description of Christmas customs by
clicking here.

You can find a lot of Hawaiian music for listening to via Pandora or other online radio sources, or via YouTube. It's good stuff and will give you a break from what you're used to hearing while you're shopping --- unless, of course, you're shopping in Hawai'i.

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Mele Kalikimaka
--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)

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