Everyone loves Christmas music with an island flavor. Here are our picks for some of the best Hawaiian Christmas music currently available. Mele Kalikimaka!
The Brothers Cazimero's 2006 Christmas album was the winner of the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and features holiday selections such as: The Merriest Hawaiian Christmas, Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow, Snowfall, Sleigh Ride, Up on the Housetop, A Christmas Love Song, Carol of the Bells, Go to the Light,(Eight) Tiny Reindeer, Angels Bear Gifts, Feels Like Home, I Love Christmas (Aloha Kalikimaka), Christmas Time is Here and Jingle Bell Rock.
This superb Christmas album by the Makaha Sons debuts five new compositions. Guest artists Robi Kahakalau, Rocky Brown and Darlene Ahuna each sing a verse of "Silent Night" in German, Filipino, and Hawaiian. The album features: Winter Wonderland/Hawaiian Santa, Silent Night, Come Now, It's Christmas, Sing Praises to Him, What Child is This, Silver Bells, Christmas Lu`au, Christmas Day in Hawai`i Nei, Me Ke Aloha Nona, I Love Christmas, Little Drummer Boy and E Ke Keiki, E Iesu.
Na Leo Pilimehana
The first Christmas album by Na Leo Pilimehana won the 1999 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and includes such favorites as: O Holy Night, Unto Us Tonight, Jingle Bell Rock, What Would Christmas Be?, Ave Maria, Christmas Time Blues, Hosana (Ua Mau), A Christmas Wish and more.
Na Leo Pilimehana
The second Christmas album by Na Leo Pilimehana won the 2002 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and includes such favorites as: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Christmas in Your Eyes, The Song of Christmas, The Happiest Time of the Year, Celebrate Me Home, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Yes, Santa Island, Christmas Day, First Christmas, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, and The Twelve Days of Christmas (Hawaiian style). The best place to find this CD is on mele.com.
Amy Hanaiali`i's Christmas album was the winner of the 2008 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and features holiday selections such as: Hamau E Na Kanaka, Betelehema Iki E, Po La`i E, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Pomaika`i Wale Ko Ke Ao, Ho`onani Kakou Ia Ia, Ka Po La`ela`e Ke Hikina Mai, Little Drummer Boy and Do You Hear What I Hear, Po Hemolele, White Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, Mary Did You Know?, Ke Akua Mana E, and Ave Maria.
Ho'okena's Christmas Album was the winner of the 2001 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and features holiday selections such as: There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays, The Song of Christmas, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Christmas Song, Rock 'n Roll Christmas, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, The Little Drummer Boy (Hawaiian), Do You Hear What I Hear?, Christmas in Paradise, and Mele Kalikimaka ia Kakou.
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Twelve of Hawaii's slack key masters in a uniquely seasonal collection, to warm hearts and wish a Hawaiian "Mele Kalikimaka" (Merry Christmas) to all. Featuring Do You Hear What I Hear? with Keola Beamer, Mele Kalikimaka with Cyril Pahinui (vocal), Christmas Memories with Dennis Kamakahi (vocal), Little Drummer Boy with George Kahumoku, Po La`i E (Silent Night) with Joanie Komatsu (vocal) and many more. 1997 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner for Best Christmas Album.
This long awaited Christmas album by Hawaiian music superstar Keali'i Reichel arrived just in time for Christmas 2006. With a mix of traditional and Hawaiian language Christmas selections, this is a must buy for all fans of this fantastic Hawaiian singer. Songs include: Ke Au Maluhia, Remind Me Of Home, Silent Night, Christmas Lullabye, Merry Christmas, Darling, Nu 'Oli, O Holy Night, Testify To Love, 'Til The Season Comes Round Again and Ke Aloha Kalikimaka.
Kanilau's Christmas Album was the winner of the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and features holiday selections such as: Medley of Because It's Christmas and I Am a Child of God, Christmas Island, Christmas in Hawai`i, Medley of What Child is This and Mary Did You Know, Star Bright, Oh Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, Medley of Sleigh Ride, Hawaiian Santa and Mele Kalikimaka, Medley of I'll Be Home For Christmas and The Christmas Song, Christmas Lu`au, and Silent Night.
Willie K.'s Christmas album was the winner of the 2000 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Christmas Album of the Year and features holiday selections such as: Mele Kalikimaka, Christmas Island What Child is This (Greensleeves), Christmas Bells, Away In A Manger, Reggae Christmas, Silent Night, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Medley: The Little Drummer Boy/Ring Your Christmas Bells, Unto Us Is Born A King, Merry Christmas, O Holy Night, and Song of Christmas.