Admittedly, Bastaradette has a warped view of Christmas. Whenever we think of Christmas we think of Hawai’i. This comes from an early and incessant exposure to the Andrews Sisters hit Christmas Island. We also like Leon Redbone’s version, but somebody stole our tape at an office Christmas party years ago, and the version isn’t on YouTube.

Despite knowing better, we spent the other evening on YouTube looking for a good video of Christmas Island. Unfortunately, none we found were acceptable for a high class blog like The Daily Bastardette.

What we did find, though, is Puka Shells by Ukulele Ray and the KoKoNutz:

Puka shells
Puka shells
It’s Mele Kalikimaka time in the islands…

(not to be confused with Arthur Lyman’s Puka Shells)

So, kick back with a Suffering Bastard, or two or three, and enjoy.


  1. Merry Christmas!!!

    Thank you very much for the video – it’s so strange to watch the white beach and green palms as New Year and Christmas video – I never could imagine New Year without snow and fur-tree what we have in Russia. Now I can ;).

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. I spent several years of my childhood living in Hawaii and my daughter’s absolute favorite Christmas carol? Is a song called “Santa Wear Your Shorts” … not quite as impressive as your video, but it’s pretty good for a five-year-old. She’ll get there. Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

  3. think they played it on the chevy chases, christmas vacation lampoon; thot the words looked familiar;happy merry belated christmas

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