LYRICS OF ALOHA: Menehune Santa

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    Larry Rivera

My father Mr. P.S. Rivera was a county plumber for many years from Mana to Hanapepe. He used to check the intake way up Waimea Valley, and he told me that one morning he saw a Menehune hurrying between the rocks. That’s how I came up with the song. Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka.

Menehune Santa

Menehune Santa, Menehune Santa with a big opu, bringing Christmas presents in his red canoe.

Menehune Santa, Menehune Santa under the Coconut tree weaving hats for keikis and for you and me.

I know you only work at night building Christmas toys, with many little people helping bringing Christmas joys

Menehune Santa, Menehune Santa bring me a flower Lei, so I can give the one I love a kiss on Christmas day.

From way up high the mountain top you’re seen just once a year, while all the little keiki dream and an Eastern Star appears.

Menehune Santa, Menehune Santa bring me a flower Lei so I can give the one I love a kiss on Christmas Day.

(Copyright 1969, Larry Rivera, 1092 Kamalu Road, Kapaa, Hi. 96746 A.S.C.A.P.)


Larry Rivera has been a musician on Kaua‘i for more than six decades, and shares the stories behind his songs in “Lyrics of Aloha,” appearing once a month in the Sunday edition of The Garden Island. Win prizes and earn an entry in the Vacations Hawai‘i Vegas vacation for two drawing by listening to KONG radio the following Monday and Tuesday between 6 and 8 a.m. and taking part in a contest based on the column.

  1. Wil Welsh December 15, 2020 12:29 am Reply

    Keep on singing, Larry!
    You’ve brought thousands of people joy through your songs and your positive personality!

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