April 24 Sunday Serenade Review

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Maui Ukulele Pops Band performed at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center

“You all look like you were having fun,” commented a member of the audience member after The Hawaiian Serenaders performance on April 24 as part of Maui Made Sundays at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. We were fortunate to have the Maui Ukulele Pops Band (my students from Kaunoa Senior Center) join us for our first set. Five Band members including Andrea, Beverly, Eileen, Holly and Janet performed 13 Hawaiian, hapa haole and pop songs, plus Janet also danced three hula. I thought we all did great, especially since we had only one practice during Advanced Ukulele class at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Last Sunday, April 27 we cancelled our show at the Center because I was sick with bronchitis made worst by asthma. Although I was not 100 percent, the show went on.

We played the following mix of music:

First Set – (5 Hawaiian including 3 with hula, 1 hapa haole, 1 Filipino, 1 Japanese, and 5 pop songs).

  1. Koni Au (Hawaiian)
  2. Yellow Bird (hapa)
  3. Proud Mary (pop)
  4. Aloha Kauai – hula by Janet (Hawaiian)
  5. Lahaina (pop)
  6. Dahil Sa Iyo (Filipino)
  7. Hey Good Lookin’ (pop)
  8. Ulupalakua – hula by Janet (Hawaiian)
  9. Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree (pop)
  10. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia (hapa/ Hawaiian)
  11. Sukiyaki (Japanese)
  12. Puamana – hula by Janet (Hawaiian)
  13. This Land is Your Land – (pop) invite audience sing-along
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Beverly danced hula during our 2nd Serenader set

Second Set – (3 Hawaiian including 2 with hula, 6 hapa haole including 2 with hula, and 3 pop songs)

  1. Uwehi Ami and Slide (hapa)
  2. Fly Me To the Moon (pop)
  3. Hanalei Moon – hula by Beverly (hapa)
  4. Wahine Ilikea (Hawaiian)
  5. There’s No Place Like Hawaii (hapa)
  6. Waikiki – hula by Beverly (hapa)
  7. In a Little Hula Heaven (hapa)
  8. E Huli – hula by Beverly (Hawaiian)
  9. Could I Have This Dance (pop)
  10. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – hula by Beverly (Hawaiian)
  11. Girl From Ipanema (pop)
  12. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells (hapa) – invite audience sing-along

We enjoyed performing and received positive comments from the audience and vendors alike. As of this time, we are waiting to hear if our services will be needed for May’s Maui Made Sundays at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Visit my online Event Calendar to keep up-to-date with upcoming events.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage and Serenader photo galleries

Visit the Maui Ukulele Pops Band webpage and Band photo galleries

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele