Do you know how to wish someone a merry Christmas in the Hawaii? You say, “Mele Kalikimaka.”
Mele is pronounced like “May-lay”
Kalikimaka is pronounced like “Kah-lee-kee-mah-kah”
According to Hawaii Magazine, the phase is not actually a proper Hawaiian phrase — “The Hawaiians had difficulty pronouncing Merry Christmas, and so came up with a phonetic translation that rolled more easily off their tongues”
The easiest way to learn how to say Mele Kalikimaka is to listen to Bing Crosby sing this classic song from his White Christmas album. See the below video of Hawaii scenes set to the famous song, Mele Kalikimaka. Soon you’ll be singing right along and Mele Kalikimaka will roll right off your tongue.
Check out our guides for celebrating Christmas in two of Hawaii’s most popular destinations:
Mele Kalikimaka to you!
See this photo collection showing the unique ways Hawaii decorates for Christmas.
See the following link if you would you like to learn how to spell and pronounce Happy New Year in Hawaiian.