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).

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

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

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

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

Review Flower and Lei Songs 2018

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Twenty three people signed up for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series – Flower and Lei Songs program on May 3, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“I’ll be back and I’ll bring my friends,” commented a first time participant after the program.

Twenty-three people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii as both the unique Hawaiian cultural occasion and the song that is celebrated on the first day of May in Hawaii nei. Read more by clicking here.

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! We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs, the story behind each song whether it was Hawaiian or not, and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang nine songs (omitting a prepared tenth song) during the 75-minute program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawaii. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. May Day is Lei Day – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Pua Ahihi – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. For You a Lei – Bossa Nova and Latin Strums.
  4. Pua Lililehua – Morse Code Strum.
  5. My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  6. Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. He Aloha Mele – Latin Strums.
  8. Maile Lei For Your Hair – Bossa Nova Strum.
  9. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW UKULELE PLAYERS CAN 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 on how to play it.

  1. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Pua Ahihi and Pua Lililehua.
  2. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – For You a Lei, Maile Lei For Your Hair, May Day is Lei Day, My Yellow Ginger Lei.
  3. See all categories of songs with over 100+ audio recordings that you can sing and play along with professional entertainers on voice, ukulele, and ukulele-bass.

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

  1. Hawaii Aloha
  2. Pua Lilia
  3. See all Single Song Purchases

SUBSCRIBE TO ONLINE LESSONS. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for 16 songs with unique strumming styles for beginners to intermediate ukulele players. Select the One Month Trial or the Recurring Monthly Package.

  1. Advanced Online Lessons aka Complete Monthly Online Lessons – Hawaii Aloha, Pua Lilia, and 48 other songs.

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles for beginners to advance ukulele players.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha, Pua Lilia, plus 4 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Friday, June 15.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Hula Songs Sing-Along Program

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June Jones visiting from Arizona commented how excited she was to take ukulele classes again from Mele Fong after many years. Photo shows Richard Tom (Mele’s husband), Mele Fong, and June Jones at the start of the monthly “Sing-Along with Mele Fong” series at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“Singing these songs brought back memories of my sister learning hula when we were growing up,” commented one lady after the Hula Songs program. June Jones visiting from Arizona commented how excited she was to take ukulele classes again from Mele Fong after many years.

Twenty-three people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hula Songs on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about April 1-7 being the 55th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a week-long event in Hilo, Hawai’i that features an internationally acclaimed hula competition and more dedicated to the memory of King David Kalākaua, also known as the “Merrie Monarch” for his fun loving ways and support of Hawaiian music and hula. Read more by clicking here.

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! New for this program I changed the graphic layout, background color, and font to Arial after learning this font is the easiest to read at a distance. These changes were in addition to a slide showing the strum graphic and ukulele chord shape images before each song. We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs, the story behind each song whether it was Hawaiian or not, and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang all ten songs that we had prepared for the 75-minute program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawai’i. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. Keep Your Eyes on the Hands – I Wanna Rest Strum and 4And Strum.
  2. Papalina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  3. Hula Lolo – I Wanna Rest Strum and 4And Strum.
  4. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin Strums.
  5. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. E Huli Makou – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  7. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Sophisticated Hula – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum.
  9. Lovely Hula Hands – I Wanna Rest and 4And Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW UKULELE PLAYERS CAN 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 on how to play it.

  1. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – E Huli Makou, Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai, and Papalina Lahilahi.
  2. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Hukilau Song, Hula Lolo, Keep Your Eyes on the Hands, Lovely Hula Hands, My Little Grass Shack, and Sophisticated Hula.
  3. See all categories of songs with over 100+ audio recordings that you can sing and play along with professional entertainers on voice, ukulele, and ukulele-bass.

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

  1. Hawaii Aloha
  2. See all Single Song Purchases

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles for beginners to advance ukulele players.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 3.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Maui Nui Sing-Along Program

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“Mele and Richard, Thank you for the joy you have given me,” wrote Gail Ainsworth in the autographed copy of her book Maui Remembers A Local History which she presented before the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong program.

“Mele and Richard, Thank you for the joy you have given me,” wrote Gail Ainsworth in the autographed copy of her book Maui Remembers A Local History which she presented to me before the program. Gail is a retired librarian and her book is in its 10th printing. “You just extended my life by a year; singing is when words aren’t enough,” commented John Murphy after the program. John loves to sing.

Twenty-six people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Maui Nui Songs on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Maui Nui refers to Maui County (Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe). We started the program by talking about the significance of wearing the color pink (Maui’s color) as every island has its own color and flower. During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about the royal birthdays of Queen Ka’ahumanu on March 17 and Prince Kuhio on March 26. Read more about their legacies by clicking here.

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! New this year I also added an additional slide showing the strum graphic and ukulele chord shape images for each song. We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang eight of the ten songs that we had prepared for the 75-minute program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawai’i. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Medley: Sea Breeze/Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Lahaina – Latin Strum.
  4. Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz Strums.
  5. Hasegawa General Store – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  6. Maui – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Lahainaluna – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW ‘UKULELE PLAYERS CAN 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 on how to play it.

  1. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Maui and Puamana (not including Sea Breeze).
  2. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Hasegawa General Store, Maui Waltz, Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl,
  3. From the Pop Songs Category – Lahaina.
  4. See all categories of songs with over 100+ audio recordings that you can sing and play along with professional entertainers on voice, ‘ukulele, and ukulele-bass.

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

  1. Hawaii Aloha
  2. See all Single Song Purchases

SUBSCRIBE TO ONLINE LESSONS. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for 16 songs with unique strumming styles for beginners to intermediate ‘ukulele players. Select the One Month Trial or the Recurring Monthly Package.

  1. Intermediate Online Lessons aka Ukulele Mele Beyond the Basics – Maui and 15 other songs.

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles for beginners to advance ‘ukulele players.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hula Songs on Thursday, April 5.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review March 2018 Ukulele Workshop

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A couple from California came to my 47th Ukulele Strumming Workshop on March 10, 2018 at the Bailey House.

A couple from California came to my 47th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on March 10, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Bailey House in Wailuku. This brought the total to 646 participants since I began teaching these workshops at the museum on July 14, 2012.

The couple just happened to be touring the museum the day before when they saw my Workshop poster. They were excited to meet me because they had watched my ‘ukulele lesson video on “Goodnight, Irene” on my YouTube channel. They play in a group and entertain at senior facilities in California. We had a private lesson for two since the other three people who had also pre-registered for the workshop did not show up.

We played the following songs with 6 different ‘ukulele strums taught by no one else:

  1. Horse with No Name – 2-chord song with Chalang-alang Strum.
  2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – 3-chord song with I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Goodnight, Irene – 3-chord song with 3 Waltz Strums.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – 5-chord song with 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 on how to play it.

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

SUBSCRIBE TO ONLINE LESSONS for 30 days at-a-time access. Get the downloadable song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for each lesson.

  1. Basics OnlineGoodnight, Irene and 7 more lessons for beginners.
  2. Beyond the Basics OnlineGoodnight, Irene and 15 more lessons for intermediate players.

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.

For a listing of all Ukulele Mele products and services, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Paniolo Sing-Along Songs 2018

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Twenty nine people signed up for the February 22 Sing-Along with Mele Fong series – Paniolo Songs.

“I’m going to extend my vacation on Maui just so I can complete your ukulele class,” said Patricia Hans from New York whom we first met at my February 10 Ukulele Strumming Workshop at Kaunoa. At the workshop Patricia told me she had signed up for my Ukulele Strumming 101 class from February 12 – March 12 at Kaunoa. Patricia’s original travel plans had her leaving Maui before class ended, but after experiencing how much fun it is to learn to play ukulele from me, she chose to extend her trip. What a great testimonial!

Patricia was one of twenty-nine people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Paniolo Songs on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Paniolo is the Hawaiian word for cowboy, so we sang a mix of Hawaiian cowboy and American cowboy songs. 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!

New this year for the “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about the significance of February 23, 2003, the date a flatbed trailer carrying an enormous bronze statue of Ikua Purdy roping a steer was pulled into the Parker Ranch Shopping Center in Waimea on the Big Island. In 1908, Purdy stunned the American West at the World Championship in Wyoming by winning the steer-roping contest. Read more about Ikua Purdy, the first Native Hawaiian voted into the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame by clicking here.

New this year I also added an additional slide showing the strum graphic and ukulele chord shape images for each song. We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang ten of the eleven songs that we had prepared for the program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawaii. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. Paniolo Country – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Ulupalakua – ‘Olapa Strum.
  3. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums.
  4. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Kaula ‘Ili – 2 Waltz Strums.
  6. Ring of Fire – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4/I Wanna Rest Strums.
  8. King of the Road – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Country Roads – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

UKULELE PLAYERS CAN 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 on how to play it.

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

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles for beginners to advance ukulele players.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Maui Nui Songs on Thursday, March 15.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review February Ukulele Workshop

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Six people came to Ukulele Mele On Maui’s Ukulele Strumming Workshop on February 10 at the Bailey House in Wailuku.

Six people came to my 46th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on February 10, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Bailey House in Wailuku. This brought the total to 644 participants since I began teaching these workshops at the museum on July 14, 2012.

One lady was so excited to meet me, exclaiming “It’s like meeting a celebrity” because she watches my YouTube channel videos. One man returning from California brought a friend who had seen us at the Shops of Wailea back in 2015 when we entertained and provided free ukulele lessons to the masses who showed up on Wednesdays (read more). One young man mentioned that he is a student at the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii Maui campus (I have mentored students there). We had a lot of fun playing music with this small group.

We played the following songs with 4 different strums taught by no one else:

  1. Horse with No Name – 2-chord song with Chalang-alang Strum.
  2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – 3-chord song with I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – 3-chord song with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. When You’re Smiling – 5-chord song with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Hawaii Aloha – 5-chord song with 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 on how to play it.

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

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles.

  1. Sing-Along Songs, Vol. 1 – She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain plus 5 other songs for beginning ‘ukulele players.
  2. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.

The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 10. Register now and discover how much fun it is to Watch. Listen. Play. the Ukulele Mele Way. For a listing of all Ukulele Mele products and services, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele