© Lyrics & Music: Leonard Hawk
‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the hale,
Was singing and dancing
Mama in her mu‘umu‘u
And papa in his malo
Sister gathered flowers for a lei.
Brother watched the imu all of the day.
Soon the music boys began to play
Mele old and new of Hawai‘i nei.
Tables were loaded with plenty of kaukau –
‘Opihi and salmon and steaming hot laulau.
We ate and talked story until we were pau.
It was really maika`i at our Christmas lū‘au.