Mele Kalikimaka

“Mele Kalikimaka,” written by Robert Alex Anderson, recorded by Honolulu-born Bette Midler, 2006. Originally recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950. The title phrase first appeared in 1904 as a Hawaiian-ish pronounciation of the English phrase “Merry Christmas.” You can wish people “Hauʻoli ʻahaʻaina” (“happy holiday”) if you prefer.


“Is ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ Really the Thing to Say on a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day?” Blair Mastbaum, Atlas Obscura

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