Archive for December, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Hui! Aloha mai!
Christmas is right around the corner. And that means that everywhere I go, I hear Christmas music Piped in over the loudspeakers at stores, at holiday parties, on television and the radio, my world is filled with the sounds of the season.
Here in NYC, we hear a lot of the “traditional” recordings. The standards, recorded by the greats like Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Julie Andrews, Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Brenda Lee et al. (You know the ones I’m talking about, right?)
And please don’t get me wrong. I LOVE those songs.
But as a Hawaiian Crooner, I need some holiday tunes with an Aloha-infused, Hawaiian vibe to help ring in the holiday spirit.
And I’m guessing YOU do, too.
So this year, I thought I would share a list of some of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS ALBUMS. Culled from my personal Hawaiian Christmas music collection–which is far from complete–these albums are in constant rotation in our home during the holiday season. Each of ‘em are full of great tracks that will make you smile.
(Note: Click on the title for a link to Mele.com–a fantastic online Hawaiian music source.)
The Crooner’s Hawaiian Christmas Music Picks:
A Hawaiian Christmas (Amy Hānaialiʻi)
Maluhia (Kealiʻi Reichel)
Hilo for the Holidays (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Christmas ʻUkulele Style (Daniel Ho)
Christmas Time (Eddie Kamae & The Sons of Hawaiʻi)
Santa’s Gone Hawaiian! (Various Artists)
Christmas Day in Hawaiʻi Nei (Mākaha Sons)
Kī hōʻalu Christmas: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (Various Artists)
Willie Kalikimaka (Willie K.)
Christmas Is… (John Keawe)
Merry Christmas (Keahiwai)
What are some of YOUR FAVORITE Hawaiian Christmas albums? Drop me a line and let me know! I’d love to hear from you!