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Mele Kalikimaka Ukulele Cover by JC Van Luyn

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Am 16.12.2008 veröffentlicht

My entry to the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest 2008 http://ukuleleluau.com/uke-contest.html and to wish all my friends, subscribers and youtube viewers a "Mele Kalikimaka." When I started playing the ukulele, and knowing that Christmas was around the corner; I asked myself, "Is there such a thing as a Hawaiian Christmas song?" and by the powers of King Kamehameha, there is! It's "Mele Kalikimaka" Imagine Christmas in Hawaii...aaaaah. Never been, but would love to find out how it really is. I'm always fond of other cultures and it's music and learning the languages. Hope you learned something too=)

The Bushman guys/gals who promote the contest also help spread the word of this beautiful instrument to the world, and they also make some fine ukeleles=) check em out!

The song takes its title from the phrase of "Mele Kalikimaka," the Hawaiianized pronunciation of "Merry Christmas." The Hawaiian language does not include all the sounds found in the English language (notably the letter R). Thus the familiar English phrase of "Merry Christmas" when pronounced using Hawaiian language syllables becomes "Mele Kalikimaka" (note the substitution of L's for R's). "Mele Kalikimaka" is therefore not Hawaiian for "Merry Christmas," but simply a Hawaiian transliteration.

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. One of the earliest recordings of this song was by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters in 1950 on Decca 27228 (78 rpm) / 9-27228 (45 rpm) and has been covered by several artists. (Wikipedia.org)

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawian 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

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