Review Hapa Haole Sing-Along Songs 2018

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Arizona visitors Larry and Trudy came to the Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series-Hapa Haole Songs on January 4, 2018

What a way to start of the New Year! I ended up giving a 45-minute ad lib talk about what’s new and different in this year’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series as we were waiting for my husband to arrive with the digital file for the day’s program. It took him that long to drive home and back with the external hard drive with my digital file because my laptop was not working properly so we needed it to plug into Kaunoa’s laptop. Good thing I knew the subject matter and could talk spontaneously while teaching people about Hawaiian music and cultural history.

Twenty people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hapa Haole Songs on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Two visitors from Arizona whom we met at the previous month’s Ukulele Strumming Workshop at the Bailey House also joined us. We sang 8 of the 11 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.

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 was a Hawaiian history moment of the month – January 17, 1893 was the date of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and an additional slide showing the strum graphic and 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.

Here is the list of 8 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:

  1. On The Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Haole Hula – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Yellow Bird (local style) – Latin Strum.
  4. Tutu E – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  5. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. One Paddle, Two Paddle – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  7. Hawaiian Lullaby – Pick in 4/Latin Strums.
  8. 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 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. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 1 – On The Beach at Waikiki plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Paniolo Songs on Thursday, February 22.  Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

2018 Ukulele Mele Classes Announced

Are you 55 years-old or better and live on Maui? Then you are age eligible for one of the 90 classes that I will be teaching in 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center. Read the class descriptions in the calendar view on my upcoming events webpage and then visit my Senior Classes webpage for information on how to sign-up and more. The classes below are open to new students so join in the fun today!

Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series (Updated and with new Hawaiian history moment of the month)

  1. Hapa Haole Songs (Jan 4)
  2. NEW Paniolo Songs (Feb 22)
  3. Maui Nui Songs (March 15)
  4. Hula Songs (April 5)
  5. Flowers and Lei Songs (May 3)
  6. Small Kid Time Songs (June 7)
  7. Patriotic Songs (July 19)
  8. Hawaiian Island Songs (Aug 16)
  9. NEW Pop Hits of the 50s, 60s, & 70s (Sept 6)
  10. Hawaiian Party Songs (Oct 25)
  11. American Classics (Nov 8)

Classes that include 30-day subscription to Online Courses on my website
1. Ukulele Mele Basics aka Beginner Online (April 9-30).
2. Ukulele Mele Beyond the Basics aka Intermediate Online (May 7 – June 4).

Classes that use my packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD of 6 songs with 8 strumming styles
1. Ukulele Strumming 101 uses Sing-Along Songs Vol 1 (Jan 8 – Feb 5)
2. Ukulele Strumming 101 uses Sing-Along Songs Vol 2 (Feb 12 – March 12).
3. Hawaiian Songs uses Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol 1 (July 9 – 30).
4. Hawaiian Songs uses Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol 2 (Aug 6 – 27).
5. Hapa Haole Songs uses Hapa Haole Songs Vol 1 packaged set (Oct 16 – Nov 5).
6. Christmas Songs uses Mele Kalikimaka Vol 1 (Nov 26 – Dec 17).

NEW Hawaiian History and Song (on 5th Wednesdays)
1. Queen Lili’uokalani (Jan 31)
2. State Holidays –Kuhio and Kamehameha (May 30)
3. Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders (Aug 29)
4. Merrie Monarch (Oct 31)

NEW Ukulele Mele Workshops
1. For Beginners (June 18)
2. For Beginners (Sept 10)
3. For Intermediate level (Sept 17)
4. For Beginners (Nov 19)

 6th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party (Dec 19).

Adults of all ages can also take private lessons and workshops at the Bailey House in Wailuku, download single song lessons, learn online, and purchase packaged sets of book/DVD/CD.  Enjoy!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Summary of 2017 Ukulele Mele Classes

2017 was the 8th year of Ukulele Mele classes at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. What started as a 6-month experiment in January 2009 continues to grow as I fulfill my business mission to “share the joy of making music one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.”

Highlights of the year included the filming of a professional video that five Kaunoa students (Beverly, Eileen, Kathleen, Peggy, and Susan) participated in the ‘ukulele strumming workshop, private student one-on-one lesson, student testimonial, and entertainment scenes on location at the Bailey House for my YELP business webpage.

New this year:

  • I taught classes that included subscription to my online courses rather than having a volunteer facilitator lead the course, and students did not join in the Ukulele Strumming 202 class on the last day of class for me to check on their progress because I taught them every class.
  • I put all 13 Christmas songs into the Sing-Along with Mele Fong PowerPoint format to make it easier for singers and ‘ukulele players at the 5th annual Christmas party open to all students.
  • No Hawaiian history PowerPoint presentations this year.

I taught 87 ‘ukulele classes during the year 2017:

  • 38 continuing classes (18 Advanced Ukulele + 20 Ukulele Strumming 202).
  • 11 Sing-Along with Mele Fong series.
  • 38 open classes (28 with packaged sets, 9 with online courses, 1 Christmas party).

Performances at the 10th Annual Maui ‘Ukulele Guild Exhibition Nov. 11 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center:

  • Maui Ukulele Pops Band (10 songs for our 30-minute set) with Rich accompanying on u-bass.
  • Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio (my husband and I and a new trio member from a Kaunoa class) performed 10 difficult songs (that I don’t teach) for our 30-minute set.

In addition to offering the above classes and performances, my husband and I hosted our annual 4th of July party at our house where students from my Kaunoa classes were invited to bring their instruments to meet and play music together the Ukulele Mele Way. Fun!

—— THE DETAILS —-

38 continuing ‘ukulele classes. Students received emailed song sheets and could play along with the audio recordings to over 100 songs in my online Fan Club to practice the curriculum outside of class.

  • Advanced Ukulele. 18 classes. I taught 53 songs including 10 for show set (approx 10 quarter).
  • Ukulele Strumming 202. 20 classes. I taught 43 songs (approximately 10 per quarter).

11  Sing-along with Mele Fong series. Students learned the story behind the song and how to sing it. I used a PowerPoint format to project the song lyrics and chords on a screen in the front of the room (like sing-along with Mitch Miller). Rich accompanied on u-bass. Lunch optional during 2-hour class.

  • Maui Nui Songs (Jan)
  • Oahu Songs (Feb)
  • Big Island (March)
  • Kauai Songs (April)
  • NEW Flowers and Leis for May Day (May)
  • NEW Small Kid Time (June)
  • NEW Patriotic Songs (July)
  • NEW Great American Songs (Aug)
  • NEW Hawaiian Party Songs (Sept)
  • NEW Na Lani Eha (Oct)
  • NEW American Classics (Nov)

28 open classes used my packaged sets of book/DVD/CD of 6 songs with 8 unique strums. Students bought the sets from me (discount from website shopping cart price) to practice the songs outside of class.

  • Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 set. 5 classes (Feb/March)
  • Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 set. 4 classes (April)
  • Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 set. 3 classes (May)
  • Hawaiian Songs 1 used Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (August)
  • Hawaiian Songs 2 used Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 2 set. 4 classes (Sept/Oct)
  • Hapa Haole Songs used Hapa Haole Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (Oct/Nov).
  • Christmas Songs used Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (Nov/Dec)

9 open classes included subscription to my online courses for 30 days accessible on my website.

  • NEW Ukulele Mele Basics. 3 classes (January)
  • Ukulele Mele Basics. 2 classes (June)
  • NEW Ukulele Mele Beyond the Basics. 4 classes (July)

1 Christmas Party (5th annual) at Kaunoa that included a group play/sing-along of 13 Christmas songs from my online Fan Club.

Click on the links to webpages below:

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review 2017 Ukulele Mele Christmas Party

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39 people signed up for the 5th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party at Kaunoa on Wednesday, December 20.

“You are my Christmas party,” commented a student.

Thirty nine people (nine more than last year) signed up for the 5th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The party is open to anyone regardless if they are my current students or not and thus, it was heartwarming to see so many people singing and playing ‘ukulele and having fun together.

During the welcome I introduced a couple visiting from Arizona (Trudy and Larry who we met the previous Saturday at my monthly Ukulele Strumming Workshop, and a student (Peggy) who after a year of classes is coming into Ukulele Strumming 202 in January (continuing class by invitation only). Note: Alma won the “Guess how many pieces in the candy jar” game by guessing the exact amount of 110.

There were three new elements this year:

  1. “Highlights with Mele Fong” PowerPoint presentation included a review of 2017 classes and a preview of 2018 classes.
  2. All 13 songs were put in the “Sing-Along with Mele Fong” Powerpoint presentation format eliminating the requirement for handouts for singers or binders of song sheets taught in classes.
  3. Ornament exchange game was determined by a person’s birthday month starting with December which went a lot faster than the previous right left game we used to play.

How did the party start? Years ago at Kaunoa I noticed the absence of sing-alongs of happy secular songs for the season. Thus, I decided to offer a program that I thought would be fun rather than wait until a class was offered. This was my third year of leading the following 13 Hawaiian style Christmas songs with unique ‘ukulele strums which the Advanced Ukulele class and ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class learned ahead of time (note songs get progressively harder to play):

  1. Jingle Bells with a verse in Hawaiian – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  2. Silver Bells – 2 Waltz Strums
  3. Feliz Navidad – Latin Strum
  4. Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  5. Hawaiian Santa – I Wanna Rest Strum and 4And Strum
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  7. The Christmas Song – Pick in 4 Strum
  8. Winta Wandaland – Hum Ding-Ah Strum and X Marks the Spot Strum
  9. Christmas Island – Swing Strum and 4And Strum
  10. White Christmas – I Wanna Rest and Latin Strums
  11. Aloha Kalikimaka – 2 Waltz Strums
  12. Christmas Luau (omitted because no time this year) – Play ‘Ukulele Yes I Can Strum and 4And Strum
  13. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum

‘Ukulele players can learn to play my song arrangements we played at the party from home:

  1. Listen to the audio recordings in the online Fan Club and I will send you the song sheet for one song and teach you how to play it with private lessons via webcam or on Maui.
  2. Purchase a downloadable Single Song Lesson for Jingle Bells.
  3. Download the Single Song Lesson for Mele Kalikimaka for free.

Other Christmas song arrangements are available via:

  1. Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 packaged song set of book/DVD/CD of 6 songs with 8 strums.
  2. Downloadable Single Song Lessons for Auld Lang Syne, Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

See more at our classes photo galleries and Senior Classes webpage.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review American Classics Sing-Along Songs 2017

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Fourteen people signed up for the Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – American Classics program on November 2

“I’ve come to your Hawaiian programs and thought I’d give this a try”, commented a woman originally from Georgia.

Fourteen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – American Classics on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We sang all 12 songs that we had planned for the program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawai’i.

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! This time we were in a regular classroom instead of the large multi-purpose room which meant I did not need a sound system to project my voice or to amplify my instrument. Thus, the vocal harmonies of all the singers in the room could be easily heard. The intimate setting worked great!

Here are the 12 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:

  1. Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Medley: Happy Days Are Here Again/Ain’t She Sweet – Tom Tom/I Wanna Rest Strums.
  3. Red Sails in the Sunset – Latin Strum.
  4. Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Sloop John B – Latin Strum.
  6. Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. Jamaica Farewell – Latin Strum.
  9. Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Let Me Call You Sweetheart – 2 Waltz Strums.
  11. Swanee – Tom Tom Strum.
  12. 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.

  • From the Pop Songs Category – All songs but Sloop John B, Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, and Swanee.

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.

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 – Jamaica Farewell plus 5 other songs for beginning ‘ukulele players.
  2. Sing-Along Songs, Vol. 2 – Sloop John B, Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York plus 4 other songs for beginning ‘ukulele players.
  3. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawai’i Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  4. Hapa Haole Songs, Vol. 1 – Let Me Call You Sweetheart plus 5 other songs for advanced ‘ukulele players.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Christmas Songs Hawaiian Style – as part of the annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 20.

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

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

Na Lani Eha Songs and More For October 2017

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October’s theme for Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series is “Na Lani Eha and More.” Learn songs by the four royal composers: King Kalākaua, Queen Lili’uokalani, Princess Likelike, and Prince Leleiohōku.

In celebration of the four royal composers: King Kalākaua, Queen Lili’uokalani, Princess Likelike, and Prince Leleiohōku, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series: Na Lani Eha and More on Thursday, October 5 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.  These four siblings were known collectively as Na Lani Eha, meaning The Royal Four. Their musical abilities and patronage of Hawai’i’s musical culture during the last half of the 1800s continues to live on today. Were it not for their cultural leadership and personal contributions in encouraging and supporting aspiring composers, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, chanters and poets, Hawai’i’s significant musical contributions to the world might not have happened.

This 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 I’ve heard.

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.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live!

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

Sing Island Party Songs for September

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This month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series theme is “Island Party Songs” to be held September 7 to celebrate Aloha Festivals month on every island.

In celebration of Aloha Festivals held on every Hawaiian Island in September, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series: Island Party Songs on Thursday, September 7 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.  The mission of Aloha Festivals is “to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaii.” Read more about Aloha Festivals.

This 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 uke 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 I’ve heard.

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.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from WHEREVER you live!

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