Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas


Christmastime gives us a great opportunity to practice a little Hawaiian pronunciation. Though Hawaii’s way of saying Merry Christmas does not literally translate as such, it’s fun to say Mele Kalikimaka.

We created the above image with text to help be a guide for how to spell and pronounce Mele Kalikimaka. Feel free to share this post on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter etc. to spread the Aloha.

This photo of the ukulele ornament is from our very own Christmas tree. Do you have Hawaii ornaments or traditions that you incorporate at Christmas?

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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.


  1. I have several ornaments from my trip to Hawaii. I bought several commercially made ornaments and I found some hand made items too including an angel made from a papery material made in the islands and two gourds- one painted like Santa and another etched with a lively hula scene on it. I make a habit of picking up Christmas ornaments wherever I go on vacation so I can remember all my travels with souvenirs that don’t have to sit around the house all year long.

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