Mele Kalikimaka - Poinsettia - Euphorbia Pulcherrima
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Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That's the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way
To say Merry Christmas to you -
Mele Kalikimaka 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
The phrase is borrowed directly from English but since Hawaiian has a different phonological system - Hawaiian does not have the /r/ or /s/ of English and doesn't have the phonotactic constraints to allow consonants at the end of syllables -
Merry Christmas becomes Mele Kalikimaka
This beauty was photographed upcountry near Polipoli Road in Kula on Maui
From my collection: Heaven in it's Midst
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November 25th, 2012
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