The Great Debate
The debate has raged on for years, and despite any evidence I may enter in at this juncture, will likely rage on for years more.
Spurred on by Beckie's reference to the most beloved of non-traditional Christmas Carols and Emily's subsequent diatribe, I did some digging.
I typed "mele kalikimaka lyrics bing crosby" into a Google search, and surveyed 10 of the first 11 returns (the eleventh wouldn't open because of a browser-detected security risk). My findings were thus:
1. On each of the websites, the lyrics were shown to be "Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you." This would refute the claim of some family members that the words are, in fact, "Mele Kalikimaka is a wise way to say Merry Christmas to you."
2. Further, the (seemingly) official website for the song/greeting, Mele Kalikimaka.com, ratifies the previous finding, that the words are "Hawaii's way" and not "a wise way." You can go here to verify this finding.
In closing, it is the opinion of this court (the court of my opinion) that the matter of "Hawaii's Way" vs. "A Wise Way" has been settled, and finds in favor of "Hawaii's Way."