Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby

Mele Kalikimaka Bing CrosbyMele Kalikimaka is a Christmas song sung as a warm greeting from Hawaii. The song takes its title from the phrase Mele Kalikimaka, derived from the Hawaiian pronunciation of Merry Christmas. The song was written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson who is better known to fans of Hawaiian and hapa haole music as R. Alex Anderson.

Decca Records released Bing Crosby’s version of Mele Kalikimaka on 7 September 1950. It was the B-side of that very-forgettable non-hit Poppa Santa Claus.

Though some people think Mele Kalikimaka was released on the B-side of White Christmas, Crosby debuted Irving Berlin’s  White Christmas on his NBC radio show, the Kraft Music Hall, on Christmas Day 1941.

If you rent the video of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) with Chevy Chase, you can hear Bing singing this song when Clark (Chase) looks out his kitchen window and fantasizes about a young suntanned woman taking off her bikini as she emerges from his imaginary in-ground pool.

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Song Lyrics

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

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

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

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 a
Very merry Christmas, a very, very, merry, merry Christmas to you.

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darlene December 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

this song is my very best favorite christmas song of all times!!!! i can’t get enough of this song!!!!!!

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