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These 9 Hawaiian Christmas Songs Will Fill You With Holiday Cheer

From classics with a Hawaiian flair to original Christmas songs from the islands, Hawaii is perhaps the only state lucky enough to lay claim to some incredibly unique holiday music. In celebration of Christmas – and our great state – here are 9 Hawaiian Christmas songs that are sure to fill you with holiday cheer today.

1) 12 Days of Christmas, Hawaiian Style

The classic Christmas song gets a Hawaiian twist in a performance by Hula Hulau Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i at Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua Village, Hawaii. The kids are just too cute, yeah?

2) Mele Kalikimaka, Bing Crosby

Most people will recognize this tune from the 1989 cult classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation, which is why we included the video here. The tune was originally recorded by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters in 1950, and has been wildly popular ever since.

3) O Holy Night, performed by Uncle Willie K

Maui’s own Uncle Willie K, slack guitar playing, and Hawaiian language makes this subtropical version of a beloved Christmas song an instant classic.

4) Christmas In The Sand, Colbie Caillat

We agree, Colbie, spending the holidays in the sand is just as wonderful – if not better – than a white Christmas.

5) Christmas Luau, performed by Pure Heart

This song was originally written by Leonard Hawk, and is the perfect choice for a Christmas jam session, or Christmas dance party.

6) Po La’ie (Silent Night), performed by Tia Carrere + Daniel Ho

Originally from Hawaii, Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho join forces to perform this beautiful Hawaiian version of one of the most well-known Christmas songs.

7) Kana Koloka, performed by Na Leo

This Hawaiian version of Here Comes Santa Claus is a combination of English and Hawaiian lyrics, and was featured in an episode of Hawaii Five-O.

8) No Mo’ Christmas Blues, performed by Frank DeLima + Honolulu Boy Choir

Is there really anything more adorable than kids singing a Christmas song about most likely being on Santa’s naughty list? I really don’t think so…

9) We Wish You A Merry Christmas, performed by Leonard Kwan

This lovely Slack Key rendition of the popular Christmas song is performed by Leonard Kwan, and keiki from the Kalihi-Kai School Ukulele Club.

Mele Kalikimaka, everybody! From everyone at Only In Your State, we hope you have a marvelous holiday season filled with joy, laughter, and hopefully, a few of these Christmas songs.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.