Review Makawao Library Ukulele Show

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented Story of the Ukulele and Concert on July 14 at Makawao Library in upcountry Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 at Makawao Library in upcountry Maui. This was our first performance at the Makawao Library and the second library show for the year as sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. There were forty people including families with young children up to senior adults who attended. “You made my day – you’re an ukulele ambassador,” commented Jane Bush, an attendee who took photos and videos. The librarian was very happy and passed on comments by library patrons who wanted to know if there could be music every Saturday.

The Hawaiian Serenaders is the stage name for our husband-wife duo as we entertain on ukulele, ukulele-bass, and vocals. We customized our concert to meet the educational requirement of our sponsor by talking about the ukulele and playing different musical genres. We gave the history of the ukulele, displayed our collection of soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings, and demonstrated the different sounds while strumming a “C” chord on a high “G” versus low “G” string tuned instrument. My husband gave a special demo on his ukulele-bass and played instrumental solos on it. We also played a few songs on my dad’s banjo-uke, a hybrid of the ukulele and banjo that first became popular in the 1920s.

Here is our song list of 11 songs and why they were chosen:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history of the uke; King Kalākaua patronage).
  2. Sea Breeze/Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum (uke began as rhythm accompaniment to singers and hula dancers – Aloha ‘Oe and On The Beach at Waikiki first songs that audiences heard outside Hawaii at Pan-Pacific International Exposition in 1915).
  3. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1st of 2 banjo uke examples).
  4. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with audience sing-along on chorus).
  5. Uwehi Ami and Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song).
  6. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1920’s sing-along).
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum (Hawaiian place name song with English translation spoken).
  8. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck (3/4 time and country music example).
  9. When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (2nd of 2 banjo uke examples).
  10. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change to blues genre and change to uke with high A for picking riff).
  11. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova Strum (features u-bass solo and change to jazz genre).

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Concert on Maui July 14

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will present Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 14 at Makawao Public Library on Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of songs.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will present Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 14 at Makawao Public Library on Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites. Mele Fong teaches ‘ukulele lessons and will present the history, types, parts, and tuning of the ‘ukulele along with a display of the different instruments. This will be the ninth offering since 2016 of Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert at public libraries and Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. It’s free!

The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples, view photos, and read reviews.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Picnic For Poki Ukulele Concert Review

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The Hawaiian Serenaders gave a ukulele concert with hula dancers for the monthly “Picnic for Poki” concert on Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS gave a ukulele concert with hula dancers for the monthly “Picnic for Poki” on Thursday, June 21 from 11 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. under the monkey pod tree on the grounds of Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku, Maui. This was our first performance and our honor as entertainers need to asked to perform. Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions were sponsors of the event. There were more than one hundred people who came to our concert and we even got a standing ovation! Afterwards, a young man came up asking for a photo (he was buying our CD), and a young woman asked for a photo (she watches my YouTube channel from California).

The Hawaiian Serenaders is the stage name for our husband-wife duo as we entertain on ukulele, ukulele-bass, and vocals. We customized our concert in keeping with the goal of “Picnic for Poki held every third Thursday of the month to continue bringing the spirit of aloha and Hawaiian music to the Maui community in honor of the late Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala. Braddah Poki was dedicated to sharing Hawaiian music and culture through various venues in Hawaii.” — Excerpt from Roselani Place June 2018 newsletter.

Nine hula dancers from Na Kupuna O Kaunoa joined us for 7 songs at the concert. We were pleased to see front page coverage of three photos with captions in our local newspaper, The Maui News, on Saturday, June 23. Some of the dancers also take ukulele lessons from me at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. In fact, I teach many of the songs we performed to my students at Kaunoa.

Here is our show list of 21 songs with my unique ukulele strum name (for different rhythms):

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. To You Sweetheart Aloha – I Wanna Rest
  3. Hula – E Huli – Olapa
  4. Lahainaluna – I Wanna Rest
  5. Lahaina – Latin
  6. Hula – Puamana – I Wanna Rest
  7. Kuu Morning Dew – Pick in 4/Latin
  8. Uwehi Ami and Slide – Instrumental/I Wanna Rest
  9. Hula Bev – Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz
  10. Island Medley – Hum Ding-Ah
  11. Hula Kaleo – Sophisticated Hula
  12. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4/I Wanna Rest
  13. Hula Bev – Hula O Makee – Olapa
  14. Days of My Youth – Latin
  15. Wahine Ilikea – Bossa Nova
  16. Hula – Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest
  17. Hula – Papalina Lahilahi – Olapa
  18. Flying – Bossa Nova
  19. O Ka Leo – Hum Ding-Ah
  20. Maile Lei – Bossa Nova
  21. Hana Hou – Somewhere in Hawaii – Latin

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Hawaiian Serenaders Perform June 21 on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders perform at the monthly Picnic for Poki on June 21 at 11 a.m. in Wailuku, Maui.

“Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to join our residents to a Picnic for Poki concert at 11:00 AM at the Historic Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku Town, 103 South High Street on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Our featured guest will be Mele Fong & Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders.

Richard Tom and Mele Fong perform professionally as the husband-wife duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders. They play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites with a specialty in nostalgic boat days music. The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised.

Roselani Place, Maui’s premier assisted living community, will have fresh baked cookies, coffee, and water. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or mat and their lunch and most importantly, bring a friend.

Picnic for Poki is held every third Thursday on the month to continue bringing the spirit of aloha and Hawaiian music to the Maui community in honor of the late Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala. Braddah Poki was dedicated to sharing Hawaiian music and culture through various venues in Hawaii.” — Excerpt from Roselani Place June 2018 newsletter.

My husband and I are honored to be asked to perform for Picnic with Poki. We have invited hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa to join us on several songs during our one hour+ program of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Father’s Day Ukulele Concert Review

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Father’s Day Concert at Kula Hospital on Maui. Nurse Joan danced four hulas.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented a special Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 17 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui. This was our second concert at the hospital this year after our Mother’s Day Concert. There were approximately sixty people who came which was definitely more than last month. The lady who had commented after last month’s show that she would be there early for this show did and was so appreciative of our music.

The Hawaiian Serenaders is the stage name for our husband-wife duo as we entertain on ukulele, ukulele-bass, and vocals. We customized our concert for the older local audience with a variety of upbeat happy songs from different genres including Hawaiian, hapa haole, country, and 1920’s sing-along songs. Plus we sang Japanese and Filipino songs that are popular in Hawaii.

New for this concert, we had a nurse who danced hula to four songs that she told us she could do after our Mother’s Day concert. It was a treat to have a dancer to augment our show.

Here is our song list of 19 songs with my unique ukulele strum name (for different rhythms):

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. To You Sweetheart Aloha – I Wanna Rest
  3. Lahaina – Latin
  4. Hula – Ulupalakua – Olapa
  5. Medley: Happy Days/Ain’t She Sweet – Tom Tom/I Wanna Rest
  6. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah
  7. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz
  8. Hula – E Huli – Olapa
  9. Uwehi Ami and Slide – I Wanna Rest/instrumental
  10. When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah (on banjo ukulele)
  11. Medley: Shine On Harvest Moon/Moonlight Bay – I Wanna Rest
  12. Hula – Papalina – Olapa
  13. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah
  14. Sweet Someone – I Wanna Rest
  15. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah
  16. Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout – Latin
  17. Hula – Hukilau – Swing
  18. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  19. Manuela Boy – Hum Ding-Ah

After the concert, I reconnected with a man I knew from my days as Assistant Superintendent of Haleakala National Park from 2000-2002. Terry was visiting his mom who is a patient at the hospital. It is such a small world.

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Serenaders Father’s Day Concert in Kula

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The Hawaiian Serenaders present a special Father’s Day Concert on June 17 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui.

“You made my day. I’m coming early to your Father’s Day Concert so I can sit up front,” commented a Kula Hospital resident after our Mother’s Day Concert.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong on ukulele, u-bass, and vocals, present a special Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.  The program includes a variety of fun, upbeat songs familiar to the audience to increase their enjoyment of the music. For example, we will perform a few Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and hapa haole songs popular in Hawaii as well as songs from the 1920s to encourage people have fun singing-along to the nostalgic tunes.

The last time we performed at Kula Hospital was on Mother’s Day this year when we were received warmly by the patients, their families, and hospital staff. One of the nurses came up to us afterwards and requested that we sing a couple of songs she knows the hula to so she can dance to those songs at our Father’s Day concert. Read more about our Mother’s Day concert here.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing-Along with Mele Fong June 15

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs is Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Join in singing fun, sing-along songs we remember from childhood at my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series – Small Kid Time Songs on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Songs include a few specific to growing up in Hawaii such as “Days of My Youth” and “Kuu Home O Kahaluu” in addition to the usual “Oh Suzannah” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

My sing-along program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my ‘ukulele while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele-bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why are people returning? “It’s fun!” is what participants are telling me.

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

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Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Serenaders Perform July 9 in Lahaina

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, present Story of the Ukulele and Concert on Saturday,  June 9 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The program includes the history of the instrument, display of different sizes of ukulele, and a variety of songs to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, present Story of the Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The program includes the history of the instrument, display of different sizes of ukulele, and a variety of songs to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility. We are honored to be sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program to be able to present our educational program to the public.

Our appreciation goes to the head librarian who asked us to return after performing at Lahaina Public Library twice last year.

  1. Read about the program we did for 50-5th graders on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by clicking here.
  2. Read about the program we did for the general public on Saturday, July 1, 2017 by clicking here.

For more information about the entertainment services of our duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Serenaders’ Mother’s Day Concert

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The Hawaiian Serenaders performed a Mother’s Day Concert at Kula Hospital on Maui. The next concert will be Father’s Day.

“You made my day. I’m coming early to your Father’s Day Concert so I can sit up front,” commented a Kula Hospital resident after our Mother’s Day Concert from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 13. The woman talked to us at length about how happy she was to listen to our music (and we had noticed her singing along during the concert). We were told to expect up to 75 people at our concert outdoors.

My husband and I performed as the duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, on ‘ukulele, u-bass, and vocals to upbeat, fun, sing-along songs that were familiar to the senior audience. We heard comments that they liked the variety of songs in different languages (Filipino, Japanese, Hispanic, and Hawaiian) that are popular in Hawaii. One lady commented on how much my personality came through and how much she enjoyed our music. We started our set 10-minutes early and sang a couple of songs by memory after we ran out of the planned songs for the one-hour set.

Total: 20 songs of different genres and rhythms:

  1. Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  2. Medley: Shine on Harvest Moon/Moonlight Bay – I Wanna Rest Strum
  3. Ulupalakua – Olapa Strum
  4. Medley: Happy Days/Ain’t She Sweet – Tom Tom/I Wanna Rest Strums
  5. Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout – Latin Strum
  6. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums
  7. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah
  8. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova Strum
  9. When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  10. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum
  11. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  12. M-O-T-H-E-R – Pick in 4 Strum
  13. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  14. Medley: Sea Breeze/Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum
  15. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  16. Sweet Someone – I Wanna Rest Strum
  17. Singin’ in the Rain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  18. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  19. To You Sweetheart Aloha – I Wanna Rest Strum
  20. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

We will return to Kula Hospital to present a Father’s Day Concert from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 17. Our show set will include four songs that a nurse requested we play the next time to accompany her hula dancing. The first time we performed at the Kula Hospital was in October 2010 when we brought members of our Maui Ukulele Pops Band comprised of my ukulele students from Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We were pleased that the same Activities Coordinator still works at the hospital and remembered us!

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.Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Serenaders Present Mother’s Day Show on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders present a Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui.

My husband and I will be presenting a special Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital at 100 Keokea Place in upcountry Maui. We will a play a variety of songs including some sing-alongs.

The last time we performed at Kula Hospital was in October 2010 when we brought students from my Ukulele Pops Band. We were pleased that the Activity Coordinator who helped us then remembered us now and has welcomed us back. We anticipate about 75 patients and their families to attend. This is part of our effort to give back to the community.

For more information about the entertainment services of our duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, click here.

Mele Fong at her Mom’s 93rd birthday party in 2016. Mom died in 2017 before Mother’s Day and her next birthday.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele