Serenader Show and Ukulele Lesson at Grand Wailea

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The Hawaiian Serenaders entertained at the Grand Wailea on October 12 for a corporate incentive event

“Thank you for your music” and “You are a good teacher” were some of the comments received after our 2-hour gig including a group ukulele lesson from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 at the Grand Wailea.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele and vocals, entertained 125 people attending their corporate incentive event opening reception. Originally planned to be outside on the Chapel Lawn, the event was moved last minute to the paved covered area outside the ballrooms because of the threat of rain. We were so thankful for this change in venue. We setup our Bose PA system and debut matching headsets which eliminated the need for mics, mic chords, and mic stands.

We were hired because the client found our webpage and forwarded a request to the event planner who then contacted us. They liked our flexibility of providing entertainment and group ukulele lessons if requested. We rented instruments from Mele Ukulele Store in the nearby Shops at Wailea for the group lesson. Since the client did not want to do a pre-signup for lessons, we had no idea how many people would be interested. We were happy when 10 people suddenly appeared and wanted a lesson. In fact, we stayed 30-minutes past our contract time to provide the ukulele lesson. No problem.

Here is the mix of music we performed during the entertainment portion of the program:

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. Hanalei Moon
  3. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells
  4. Hula o Makee
  5. Lahainaluna
  6. On The Beach at Waikiki
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia
  9. Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree
  10. Papalina Lahilahi
  11. Lahaina
  12. Lovely Hula Hands
  13. Ulupalakua
  14. Fly Me To The Moon
  15. Girl From Ipanema
  16. Puamana
  17. In A Little Hula Heaven

Many of my arrangements for the songs we performed can be found in my free online Fan Club. Listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons on Maui or via webcam. No one else teaches my method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain or strumming unique rhythms on the ‘ukulele.

For more information about our entertainment services:

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Serenader Hula Show for Women Helping Women

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The Hawaiian Serenaders had 6 hula dancers for our show at the Women Helping Women event on October 14

“Do you have a CD? ” and “Your voice is so good” were some of the comments received after our 1-hour show with 6 hula dancers from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele and vocals, entertained people attending the Women Helping Women-Domestic Violence Prevention event. We were there because one of my ukulele students who dances hula asked us to play music so her hula sisters from Na Kupuna of Kaunoa could participate in the event. It’s for a good cause, so we agreed. We offered our house for one rehearsal together on Monday, October 9 which was the first time we met most of the dancers. The ladies take hula classes from kumu Lucky Cabral at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better (where I also teach ukulele classes and more). After the program, we were treated to lunch with the ladies which was good fun, too.

At the Center we met the new sound person, Kealoha, a young woman who told us she proposed to management the purchase of a new digital sound system – hurray! It is expected to arrive next year. The acoustics around center stage bounces all over the open space so a new sound system with better directed speakers will be a welcome change.

Here is the mix of music we performed (same set we did for Thursday gig at the Grand Wailea):

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. Hanalei Moon – with hula
  3. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells
  4. Hula o Makee – with hula
  5. Lahainaluna
  6. On The Beach at Waikiki
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – with hula
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia
  9. Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree
  10. Papalina Lahilahi – with hula
  11. Lahaina
  12. Lovely Hula Hands
  13. Ulupalakua – with hula
  14. Fly Me To The Moon
  15. Girl From Ipanema
  16. Puamana – with hula

Many of my arrangements for the songs we performed can be found in my free online Fan Club. Listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons on Maui or via webcam. No one else teaches my method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain or strumming unique rhythms on the ‘ukulele.

For more information about our entertainment services:

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Na Lani Eha Sing-Along Program 2017

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October’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series theme was “Na Lani Eha.” We sang a Hawaiian song from each of the four royal composers known collectively as Na Lani Eha, plus hapa haole songs in between.

“I’d like to take ‘ukulele lessons from you, but I am a caregiver for my mom so it’s hard for me to get away,” commented a lady after my monthly Sing-Along program. No problem. I told her to visit my website and take online lessons from home at her convenience.

New this month, we led a spontaneous play-by-ear session to “Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “My Girl” for ‘ukulele players who came early to the program. My ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop season starts this month on October 21 at the Bailey House in Wailuku and these two songs are what we have played at past workshops because they are familiar to sing and easy to play with 3-chords of C, F, and G7.

Twenty people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Na Lani Eha and more on Thursday, October 5 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We sang a Hawaiian song from each of the four royal composers known collectively as Na Lani Eha, plus a hapa haole song (in English) in between. The composers were also siblings: David Kalākaua (oldest brother), Lili’uokalani (oldest sister), Miriam Likelike (younger sister), and Lot Leleiohōku (youngest) who lived in the 1800s-early 1900s. They helped to perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture and are patrons of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.

The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 9 songs we learned:

  1. By Kalākaua – Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Singing Bamboo – Latin Strum.
  3. By Lili’uokalani – Sanoe – 2 Waltz Strums.
  4. Lovely Hula Hands – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  5. By Likelike – Ku’uipo I Ka He’e Pu’e One – Pick in 4/Latin Strums.
  6. Hukilau – Swing Strum.
  7. By Leleiohōku – Hawaiian War Chant – I Wanna Rest /Latin Strums.
  8. Song of Old Hawaii – Swing Strums
  9. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and feedback.

DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – American Classics on Thursday, November 2 at Kaunoa Senior Center.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Island Party Songs 2017

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Ukulele Mele on Maui presented “Island Party Songs” for September’s Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center

“We go to local parties and now we have a better idea of what they’re singing,” commented recent transplants to Maui.

Twenty two people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Party Songs on Thursday, September 7 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We chose the monthly theme to celebrate Aloha Festivals month, a time when each of the Hawaiian Islands celebrates the aloha spirit with festivals.

The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 11 party songs we learned:

  1. Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. The Pidgin English Hula – I Wanna Rest / 4 And Strums.
  3. Manuela Boy – Latin Strum.
  4. E Huli Makou – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  5. Princess Poopooly – I Wanna Rest / 4 And Strums.
  6. U.S.E.D. – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Aloha No Wau I Ko Maka – 2 Waltz Strums.
  8. Keep Your Eyes on the Hands – I Wanna Rest / 4 And Strums.
  9. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Swing/Hum Ding-Ah Strums
  10. Yellow Bird (local style) – Latin Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

1. LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and feedback.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Keep Your Eyes on the Hands, Manuela Boy, Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl, Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells, Princess Poopooly, The Pidgin English Hula, U.S.E.D. and Yellow Bird.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – E Huli Makou.

2. DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

  1. Aloha No Wau I Ko Maka
  2. Hawaii Aloha

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Na Lani Eha and More  on Thursday, October 5 as we celebrate the four royal composers.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Island Songs 2017

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Mele Fong led a Sing-Along of Island Songs on August 17 to celebrate when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959.

“Being new here, we’re trying to learn Hawaiian songs. We sing Hawaii Aloha at church,” commented a caregiver who has been bringing her elderly mother to the monthly Sing-Along program.

“I like the stories about the songs. You tell them with aloha,” commented another returnee to the program.

Twenty people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 17 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We chose the monthly theme to celebrate Hawaii’s Statehood Day on August 21, 1959. Learn more about statehood.

The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 10 island songs we learned:

  1. Island Medley (5 islands) – Hum Ding-Ah / I Wanna Rest Strums.
  2. King Kamehameha the Conqueror of the Islands – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Maui – Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  4. Maui – Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz Strums.
  5. Maui – Lahaina – Latin Strum.
  6. Maui – Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  7. Oahu – On the Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. Big Island – My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Kauai – Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and feedback.
  1. PURCHASE A PACKAGED SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD to learn the songs off-line.
  1. DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hawaiian Party Songs on Thursday, September 7 as we celebrate Aloha Festivals month.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Serenader Debut at Lumeria Maui

“Thank you for giving us such beautiful music tonight. We so appreciate your serenading with the soulful nahenahe to soothe everyone. Much aloha, Dr. B”

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The Hawaiian Serenaders performed for 32 people attending the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat on August 4 at Lumeria

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele, entertained 32 people attending the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat on Friday, August 4 at Lumeria Maui. This was our debut of playing music for dining guests at the restaurant. The opportunity came about after I read a Maui News article about Dr. Bridget Bongaard, a board-certified internal medicine physician who was directing the first MCWR, and I offered our musical services. It was the right thing to do. Many cancer survivors came up to us after dinner to express their appreciation of our music, and some took pictures with us. A few ladies who were practicing yoga near to the restaurant also came up to thank us for our music.

We purposefully picked our song list of easy listening hapa haole songs with a mix of tempo, strums, and feel, and played all the following except for “Singing Bamboo” during our 1-hour set:

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. Hanalei Moon
  3. Ku’u Morning Dew
  4. On The Beach at Waikiki
  5. Pagan Love Song
  6. For You A Lei
  7. Song of Old Hawaii
  8. Uwehi Ami and Slide
  9. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia
  10. I’ll Weave a Lei of Stars for You
  11. Shells
  12. Ka Pua E
  13. Lahaina
  14. My Yellow Ginger Lei
  15. Singing Bamboo
  16. Lovely Hula Hands
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We set up to perform in the middle of the porch of Lumeria’s restaurant (another table for 16 is out of the picture).

My arrangements for most of the songs we performed at Lumeria can be found in my free online Fan Club. ‘Ukulele players can listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons on Maui or via webcam. No one else teaches my method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain or strumming unique rhythms on the ‘ukulele.

For more information about our entertainment services:

The last time we performed at Lumeria was in February 2016 for the general managers wedding reception. We love the outdoor setting in upcountry Maui. To visit Lumeria’s website, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Patriotic Songs 2017

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21 people signed up for July’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui

“We need to sing these kind of songs about brotherhood especially during these times,” commented a singer after the program. “My friend Chris enjoyed the Sing-Along and was touched that you recognized the veterans today,” commented an ukulele student who had brought her friend Chris who was retired from 30 years in the Army.

Twenty-one people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 20 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We chose the monthly theme to coincide with 4th of July celebrations around the country.

The singing was the loudest that we’ve had so far this year, probably because the songs were in English and were familiar to the crowd. One 93-year-old man who really sang out loud in a clear baritone told me before class started that he likes to sing Broadway tunes. The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 10 patriotic songs we learned:

  1. Yankee Doodle – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. America the Beautiful – Pick in 4 Strum.
  3. You’re a Grand Old Flag – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. My Country ‘Tis of Thee – Waltz Variation Strum.
  5. Yankee Doodle Boy – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. God Bless America – Morse Code / Pick in 4 Strums.
  7. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Home on the Range – 2 Waltz Strums.
  9. This Land is Your Land – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam. I will send you the song sheets and give you feedback.
  1. PURCHASE A PACKAGED SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD to learn the songs off-line.
  1. DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 17 as we celebrate Admissions Day when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Kihei Library July Show

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This was our third library program this year as sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program.

It was standing room only for The Hawaiian Serenaders “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at Kihei Public Library on Tuesday night, July 11. The venue was spacious, air conditioned, and had lots of parking, all which contributed to 49 people in attendance (the largest audience we’ve had so far at a public library). Plus, the library’s advertising efforts were great on the state library website and in the local newspapers. We got this gig because the children’s librarian heard about us from her sister who has taken my ‘ukulele classes.

“Are you the famous Mele Fong?” asked a volunteer at the library as were setting up. “We’ve seen your YouTube videos,” commented a local man before the program started.

This was the third program we presented this year at a public library as sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. New this time, we used the library’s PA system and we had a hula dancer, Janet Rineer, who performs in our Maui Ukulele Pops Band. We also added another banjo ukulele song and replaced a contemporary hapa haole song with a pop medley in a minor key.

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It was standing room only with 49 people attending our “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at Kihei Library on July 11.

The program included a display of different types of ‘ukulele ranging from soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings and what they sound like. Plus we took my dad’s banjo ‘ukulele and played two songs on it. We gave a history of the ‘ukulele, and performed Hawaiian, hapa haole, and pop songs to demonstrate the diversity of music that can be played on Hawai’i’s official instrument. Rich gave a special demo of his ‘ukulele bass and played instrumental solos on it. We also led a sing-along.

We played the following ten songs and why:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage)
  2. Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula (uke began as rhythm accompaniment to singers)
  3. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (on banjo uke)
  4. Uwehi Ami & Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song)
  5. Medley: Summertime/Moondance – I Wanna Rest/4And Strum (minor key contemporary)
  6. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with sing-along on chorus)
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum with hula (Hawaiian place name song & story behind the song)
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck (3/4 time example)
  9. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change genre and change to uke with high A for picking riff)
  10. Fly Me To the Moon – Latin Strum (features u-bass solo and change genre)
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A hula dancer did 2 songs during the program.

Afterwards, a lady thanked the library’s branch manager (who was standing in front of us) for having us perform. A young boy returned with his dad and asked if he could hold an ‘ukulele. In a few minutes I taught him to play “Are You Sleeping?” a simple 1-chord children’s song with all down strums and he did great. As we were leaving the library, a staff person behind the book counter said “You guys were great.”

The library’s branch manager was very pleased with our program. We received a thank you note from our contact the children’s librarian who was sorry she wasn’t able to attend our performance, “but I’ve heard wonderful reports of your concert and presentation.”

‘Ukulele players are invited to visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons. No one else teaches my method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain or strumming unique rhythms on the ‘ukulele.

For more information about our entertainment services, Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or photo galleries.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Lahaina Library July Show

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” on July 1 for the second time at Lahaina Library.

“We’ve seen your YouTube videos and our daughter pays the uke,” commented a man who came early to our July 1st program at Lahaina Public Library. “Our friend Madeleine, the librarian, told us about it,” answered a woman when asked how they heard about our program.

Nine people including a family with teenagers came to our second presentation of “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at the Lahaina Public Library. We first gave the program on Wednesday, April 26 for an audience of 50-5th graders from a nearby public school who had requested a music program (read review). The librarian was so pleased with our program that she asked us to return this time on a Saturday to attract the general public. This time after the program, she mentioned possibly bringing us back in the fall.

The Hawaiian Serenaders are available to provide educational music programs to the public through the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. In this program we displayed our personal collection of different types of ‘ukulele ranging from soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings. Plus we took my dad’s banjo ‘ukulele and played a song on it. We gave a history of the ‘ukulele, and performed Hawaiian, hapa haole, and pop songs to demonstrate the diversity of music that can be played on Hawai’i’s official instrument. Rich gave a special demo of his ‘ukulele bass and played instrumental solos on it. We also led a sing-along.

Here is our song list of 10 songs including 4 with Hawaiian lyrics

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage)
  2. Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum (uke began as rhythm accompaniment to singers)
  3. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (on banjo uke)
  4. Uwehi Ami & Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song)
  5. Lahainaluna – I Wanna Rest Strum (Kui Lee began contemporary sound of local music in 1960s)
  6. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with sing-along on chorus)
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum (Hawaiian place name song & story behind the song)
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck (3/4 time example)
  9. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change genre and change to uke with high A for picking riff)
  10. Fly Me To the Moon – Latin Strum (features u-bass solo and change genre)
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Some of the audience who stayed after program. The lady in pink next to Mele got up and danced hula to Ulupalakua.

Our next presentation of “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” will be Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Public Library in south Maui. It’s free!

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or photo galleries or visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Small Kid Time Songs 2017

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Rich Tom and Mele Fong led “Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs” on June 22 at Kaunoa Senior Center

Before the program, a grandmother with two small children under the age of 8 asked, “Are we singing Old McDonald Had A Farm?” I replied that we’d be singing songs that adults may remember singing from childhood, but not necessarily children’s songs. There’s a difference.  After the program, they expressed their enjoyment.

Twenty-four people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 22 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The audience included four children under the age of 8 who came with their grandmothers. I had considered the idea for this special inter-generational program at the start of summer and finally offered it new this year. The singing was louder this time as more people sang the familiar songs. Only two songs were in the Hawaiian language. I prepared 12 songs, but at the end of 9 songs the length of the program was just past an hour and it seemed a good time to wind down. The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele works just great! Plus singing happy songs is fun!

Here are the 11 small kid time songs we learned:

  1. Froggie Went A-Courtin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.*
  2. Take Me Out to the Ballgame – 2 Waltz Strums.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Boy From Laupāhoehoe – ‘Ōlapa Strum (Hawaiian language).
  5. You Are My Sunshine – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And Rest/Tom Tom Strum.
  8. One Paddle, Two Paddle – I Wanna Rest Strum.*
  9. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.*
  10. Oh Susanna – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO PLAY THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. 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.
  • From the Pop Songs Category – Froggie Went A-Courtin’, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain, You Are My Sunshine, The More We Get Together, and Que Sera Sera.
  • From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Boy From Laupāhoehoe (part of Laupāhoehoe Hula) and One Paddle, Two Paddle.
  • From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Hawaii Aloha.
  1. 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 – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 20.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele