“What have you been doing since high school?” asked Roger Hughes, a classmate of my husband’s who was visiting Maui with his wife from California. Roger called us up out of the blue and since they were “age eligible” we invited them to join us at our program. How fun it was to meet and catch up.
Sixteen people signed up for my Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Kauai Songs on Thursday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults age 55 and better. In the second year, the program evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs from long ago. I used PowerPoint to project the lyrics and chords for 9 songs up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 51 slides (approximately 4 lines per slide) took 1 hour and 10 minutes. As I introduced each song, I told the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, I taught how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation. We all had fun singing while I played my ‘ukulele and my husband accompanied the group on his u-bass.
Here are the 9 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs in the order we played them:
- Maika’i Kauai – I Wanna Rest and Hum Ding-Ah Strums.
- Beautiful Kauai – Latin Strum.
- Aloha Kauai – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Hele On To Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Hula O Makee – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
- Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Hanohano Hanalei – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Pupu O Niihau – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
You can learn to play some of the songs with my unique strums from wherever you live. Here are the ways:
- Listen to the audio recordings from the free online Fan Club and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam. I will send you the song sheet and give you feedback.
- Download a single song purchase for $10 and get the song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the story in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.
Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs for May Day coming on Thursday, May 4. Learn more about classes offered at Kaunoa Senior Center for 2017.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele