That's One Huge Lei, Yo
:: Kalikimaka Vocal Group - Mele Kalikimaka ::
I love promotional records. I don't run across them as often as I'd like, but when I do they are usually gold. This vinyl postcard from Hawaii's Ilikai Hotel in Honolulu features an introduction by GM Howard Donnelly, whose voice and delivery sound a heck of a lot like Les Nessman's. It then breaks into a very short and pleasant version of the famous Hawaiian Christmas song, Mele Kelikimaka. There's no date on here, but seeing as how Mr. Donnelly refers to the hotel as "the new Ilikai," I think it's safe to assume this came out the year it opened, 1964. If the hotel looks familiar to you, it might be because it was featured for years in the opening credits of Hawaii Five-O, in the sweeping aerial shot where Jack Lord is up on a balcony.
Another interesting side note --- there's a picture of the Ilikai's president on the back, and his name is Chinn Ho. There's a character, named for him, in Hawaii Five-O named Chin Ho.