Definition of Mele kalikimaka
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"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 or of English and doesn't have the phonotactic constraints to allow consonants at the end of syllables - "Merry Christmas" becomes "Mele Kalikimaka". One of the earliest recordings of this song was by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters in 1950 on Decca 27228 (78 rpm) / 9-27228 (45 rpm) and it has been covered by several artists including Bette Midler and The Beach Boys. The song is notably featured in L.A. Confidential and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
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