The Night Before Christmas in Pidgin with Narration

The video above was uploaded on Dec 24, 2011 – A take on the Christmas classic “The Night Before Christmas” done in
Hawaiian Pidgin English by Kamaka Brown with music by James Kimo


Was da night bafo’ Christmas,
and all ova’ da place
Not even da geckos
was showin’ their face.

Da stockings was hangin’ on top da TV?
(‘Cause no mo’ fireplace in Hawai’i)
Da kids stay all crashed, my old man too.
They leave all da work for you-know-who.

So me, I stay pickin’ up alla their toys,
When – boom! – outside get only big noise!
I run to da window, I open ’em up,
I stick out my head and I yell, “Eh! Whassup?!”

And then, I no can ba-lieve what I seen!
Was so unreal, you know what I mean?
This fat haole guy get his reindeers in my yard!
And reindeers not housebroken, you know, as’ why hard!

But nemmind, this Christmas, so I cut ’em some slack.
Plus, had uku pile presents pokin’ outta his sack!
So I wait ’till he pau tie up his reindeer,
Then I yell out da window, “Huui! Brah, ova hea!”

An’ I tell ’em first thing, when I open da door,
“Eh, Hemo your shoes! You going dirty my floor!”
He take off his boots, he tell, “You know who I am?”
I go, “Ho! From the smell, must be Mr. Toe Jam!”

He make mempachi eyes and he go, “Ho, ho, ho!”
By now, I stay thinking this guy kinda slow!
He look like my Tutu, but little less weight,
And his beard stay so white, mo’ white than shark bait!

He stay all in red, specially his nose,
And get reindeer spit on top his nice clothes!
But him, he no care; he just smile at me,
And he start fo’ put presents unda-neath da tree.

I tell ’em, “Eh, brah, no need make li’dat,
And watch where you step! You going ma-ke da cat!”
Then, out from his bag, he pull one brand new computah,
Choke video games, and one motorized scootah!

He try for fill up da Christmas socks too,
But had so much pukas, all da stuff went fall troo.
When he pau, I tell ’em, “Eh Santa, try wait!
I get plenty leftovahs, I go make you one plate!”

But he nevah like hang, he had so much fo’ do;
Gotta make all them small kids’ wishes come true.
So I wave ’em goodbye, and I flash ’em da shaka,
And I tell ’em, “Mele Kalikimaka!”

When he hear that, he stop and I telling you true,
He go, “Garans ball-barans! Merry Christmas to you!”


Da Night Befoh Christmas (Pidgin)

6 thoughts on “The Night Before Christmas in Pidgin with Narration”

    1. put da stocking on top the tv rabbit eya. you put on da lanai sum body going spark the puka stocking and hooky all your present.

  1. Wen I waz teenager, one guy name Kent Bowman(K.K. Kau Manua) went record Da Nite Befo Christmas. Dis talk story you wen make kinda sorta remind me of da one he made. Both of um da kine good stuff. I goin show-um both to my mo’o puna”s. Keep up da good work cuz. Much mahalo and plenty aloha, O.K. pau

  2. So funny. I grew up in Molokai, and I remember we had no Santa Claus because the houses were so far apart and roads were so junk, all dirt road, so I don’t know where Santa Claus would pull up and land his sleigh, the land was filled with Pineapple Fields, then we were so naïve about Santa Claus. Yes, that;s what you call pigion English. I neva no, ha!ha!

  3. Hi, I love dis pidgeon english about Christmas. When Im with some of my Hawaiian friends at times, I sometimes talk pidgen english too, so dis email is right on da kini popo and shaka. Aloha Bradda Wendell Wood Abbey

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