Mele Kalikimaka

A Classic Hawai'ian Christmas Song from 1949.

PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2017 • UPDATED: Dec 13, 2017 • LESSON CODE: UL1100 • VISITS: 48

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Mele Kalikimaka (pronounced [ˈmɛlɛ kəˌlikiˈmɐkə]) is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. The song takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase Mele Kalikimaka, meaning "Merry Christmas". One of the earliest recordings of this song was by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950 on Decca 27228 (78 rpm) / 9-27228 (45 rpm) and it has been covered by many artists. The song is present in the films L.A. Confidential , Catch Me If You Can, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

A chord chart with lyrics in the format typically used for ukulele beginner groups. A classis you can start playing around end of Novemeber into January. The season of holiday songs.

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Mele Kalikamaka Chord Chart with Lyrics
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Mele Kalikimaka (pronounced [ˈmɛlɛ kəˌlikiˈmɐkə]) is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. The song takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase Mele Kalikimaka, meaning "Merry Christmas".


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Mele Kalikamaka Chord Chart with Lyrics
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Mele Kalikimaka (pronounced [ˈmɛlɛ kəˌlikiˈmɐkə]) is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. The song takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase Mele Kalikimaka, meaning "Merry Christmas".


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