"Mele Kalikimaka" is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. Although it has been covered by many artists, one of the earliest recordings of this song and the one we remember so fondly, was by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters in 1950. The song is notably featured in L.A. Confidential and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The Beach Boys also recorded a song of the same name for their album Ultimate Christmas, but it contains lyrics and music completely different from the song written 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 so "Merry Christmas" becomes "Mele Kalikimaka". Short sleeve retro tee with a Christmas graphic of a Santa tiki, Hibiscus flower and MELE KALIKIMAKA on front.
FABRIC: Super-soft blended CVC crew, 60% combed cotton/40% polyester jersey. 4.3-oz.
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CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Turn inside-out when washing for best results -- Machine Wash. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.