Sing Patriotic Songs for July

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Patriotic Songs is July’s theme for the Sing-Along with Mele Series on July 20. Sign up now at Kaunoa Senior Center.

In celebration of the 4th of July, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series: Patriotic  Songs on Thursday, July 20 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

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 do people keep 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 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

Review of Flower Songs 2017

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Australian friends Jim and Julie were part of the 21 who attended our May Sing-Along with Mele Fong Program

We got a “thumbs up“ from our two friends from Australia at the conclusion of our Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 4 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We first met Jim and Julie from Brisbane a few years ago when they heard us perform as the husband-wife duo The Hawaiian Serenaders at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and then participated in our November ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop at the Bailey House. They had encouraged us to present workshops at the Brisbane Ukulele Festival aka SPRUKE, but it didn’t work out. We were happy to see them back in Maui on vacation and happy they could attend one of my programs.

Here are the 9 flower and lei songs (including 4 hapa haole songs) we did in the program:

  1. May Day is Lei Day – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Pua ‘Āhihi – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. For You A Lei – Bossa Nova/Latin Strums.
  4. Pua Lililehua – Morse Code Strum.
  5. My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  6. Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck.
  7. I’ll Weave a Lei of Stars For You – I Wanna Rest/Latin Strums.
  8. Pua Mae Ole – Pick in 4 Strum.
  9. 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 webcam lessons. I will send you the song sheet and give you feedback.

  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 – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 22. Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Small Kid Time Songs For June 2017

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Bring your uke to play along to the next Sing-Along program

In celebration of the start of summer, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series: Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Reminisce with or without your grandchildren as you sing fun songs from childhood. You may have sung these songs around the campfire or on road trips in the family car.

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 front of the 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. “It’s fun!” is what people people tell me brings them back time after time. See photos from past classes. Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa.

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 beginner, intermediate, 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

Sing Flower and Lei Songs for May Day

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Celebrate May Day with Ukulele Mele

In celebration of May Day, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series as we learn flower and lei songs on Thursday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The program evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along. Lunch is optional. Call Kaunoa at 808-270-7308 to register for the program on Maui.

Listen to our recording of the hapa haole song “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii” at http://ukulelemeleonmaui.com/images/fullaudio/MayDay.mp3  and then learn how to play it via private ‘ukulele lessons with me via private webcam lessons from the comfort of your home.

May 1st is also known as “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii.” Invented in 1927, writer and poet Don Blanding wrote an article in the local paper suggesting that a holiday be created around the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. Fellow writer Grace Tower Warren came up with the idea of a holiday on May 1st in conjunction with May Day. She is also responsible for the phrase “May Day is Lei Day.”

The first Lei Day was held on May 1, 1928 and everyone in Honolulu was encouraged to wear lei, and festivities were held downtown with hula, music, lei making demos and exhibits and contest.

Originally from Oklahoma, Don Blanding is also credited with inventing the custom of tossing your lei overboard when you sailed from Honolulu. If the lei came back to shore, it meant you would return.

For more about May Day in Hawaii, visit

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Kauai Sing-Along Songs

www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com“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:

  1. Maika’i Kauai – I Wanna Rest and Hum Ding-Ah Strums.
  2. Beautiful Kauai – Latin Strum.
  3. Aloha Kauai – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  4. Hele On To Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Hula O Makee – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  6. Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  7. Hanohano Hanalei – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. Pupu O Niihau – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. 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:

  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.
  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 – 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

Sing-Along with Mele Fong on April 6

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong on Thursday, April 6

Join us on Thursday, April 6 from 10 a.m. – noon for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. This month’s theme is Kauai Songs. Ukulele players are invited to bring their instruments and play along as we learn to sing 8 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs about Kauai. Learn to pronounce the Hawaiian words and the story behind each song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions. Follow along as you look up at the screen where the words and ukulele chords are projected in large letters to make it easy to read.

Here’s our song list with unique Ukulele Mele strum:

  1. Maikai Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  2. Beautiful Kauai – Swing Strum
  3. Aloha Kauai – I Wanna Rest Strum
  4. Hula o Makee – Olapa Strum
  5. Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum
  6. Hanohano Hanalei – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  7. Pupu O Niihau – Swing Strum (for the nearby island)
  8. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

We hope to inspire adults of all ages to have fun playing your ukulele the Ukulele Mele Way with lessons. Choose how you want to learn today!

  1. Visit the free online Fan Club to listen to audio recordings of songs you can learn to play to Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons on Maui or via webcam.
  2. Select from 40 Single Song Purchases to download to your digital device to learn to play and get the song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song.
  3. Buy a packaged song set with book/DVD/CD to match your musical abilities and interests.

Stay tuned for next month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Flower and Lei Songs of Hawaii in celebration of May Day. Learn more about my class schedule at Kaunoa Senior Center.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Big Island Songs 2017

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Get Single Song Purchases of Big Island Songs & more

“This is my favorite class.” “More people should come to your program.” Hearing these comments from my students brings a smile and sense of accomplishment of achieving my goal of sharing the joy of making music one ‘ukulele players at-a-time.

Eighteen people signed up for my Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Big Island Songs on Thursday, March 2 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 8 songs up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 47 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 8 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we learned:

  1. Kupa Landing – by Lot Keawe, 1890s.
  2. Akaka Falls – by Helen Lindsey Parker.
  3. Kuhio Bay – by Keliana Bishaw.
  4. The Beauty of Mauna Kea – by Keola Beamer, 1976.
  5. Hilo March – by Joseph Ae’a, 1890s.
  6. Kaula ‘Ili – traditional.
  7. My Little Grass Shack – by Johnny Noble, Tommy Harrison, Bill Cogswell.
  8. Hawaii Aloha – by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, 1800s

You can learn to play three of the above song arrangements from wherever you live. Select the song you want to purchase one at-a-time and get the downloadable song sheet, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions whether the song is Hawaiian or not. Click on the song titles below to hear an audio sample:

  1. Akaka Falls – 2 Waltz Strums
  2. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum
  3. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Kauai Songs coming on Thursday, April 26. Learn more about classes offered at Kaunoa Senior Center for 2017.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Christmas Party 2016 Review

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Advanced Ukulele class at our Christmas Party 2016

Thirty people signed up for the 4th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party held on Wednesday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The party had 4 parts: “Kaunoa Through the Years” PowerPoint presentation, play/sing along of Christmas songs, ornament game, and lunch. Afterwards, one student thanked me for having the party especially when she couldn’t be with her family that live on the mainland. I should have replied, “We are your ‘ukulele family.”

PART ONE. This was the second year that I showed a PowerPoint presentation about the evolution of classes since I began teaching at Kaunoa in January 2009. New this year, I prepared summaries of each year from 2009-2016 in consistent formats in blog posts and filed them in a new category titled “Senior Classes.” I also cleaned up the webpage for senior classes on my website and linked the blog posts that summarize the year’s classes. I enjoyed selecting best of photos for the years and hearing comments from past, present, and future students as they watched my presentation.

In summary, from 2009-2016 I taught 648 classes including student performances and our shows:

  • 582 classes
  • 20 classes led by a facilitator for my online courses
  • 41 Band shows at Kaunoa and in the community
  • 5 Hawaiian Serenader (professional shows)

Read blog posts summarizing classes from the past 7 years:

PART TWO. This was the second year that everyone played and sang-along to all 13 Christmas songs from the online Fan Club. Before the party, the Advanced Ukulele class and the Ukulele Strumming 202 class had one 2-hour class to learn the songs. Everyone else shared the music and played the songs on the spot. Here is our song list in order:

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Silver Bells
  3. Feliz Navidad
  4. Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe
  5. Hawaiian Santa
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas
  7. The Christmas Song
  8. Winta Wandaland
  9. Christmas Island
  10. White Christmas
  11. Aloha Kalikimaka
  12. Christmas Luau
  13. Mele Kalikimaka

“Holiday songs that could have been tired and predictable became creative and challenging” –Read more of E.S. testimonial.

See photos from the party and other classes at Kaunoa for 2016. (Note: on the bottom of the page look for “Ordering”  then select “Date Ascending” to view photos in chronological order.)

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Senior Classes in 2009

Highlights of the year 2009 at Kaunoa Senior Center included putting together a Christmas show with ‘ukulele players and with singers – a great accomplishment for my first year of teaching. It started as a 6-month experiment of developing my own curriculum for teaching ‘ukulele to adults. I enjoy seeing the “a-ha” moments and challenging my students to learn in a structured environment.

I taught 83 classes during the year 2009:

  • 80 classes
  • 1 Band show
  • 2 Hawaiian Serenaders shows

Here are the details:

40 new Beyond the Basics classes. Students received Xerox copies of song sheets and practice CD. Upon graduation from the 6th month course, students as a class demonstrated their abilities to play 6 unique strumming styles without me.

  • 1st group graduated in June. 20 classes (January-June)
  • 2nd group graduated in December. 20 classes (July-December)

20 new continuing classes. The Band (graduates of the 1st Beyond the Basics) met every Monday and focused on performing songs for Christmas (Mele’s Kalikimaka) program.

  • (July-December)

6 new continuing ‘ukulele classes. Alumni Club (graduates of 1st Beyond the Basics) met on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and focused on using the He Mele Aloha Songbook with my arrangements..

  • (September-December).

12 new singing classes. Students learned songs to perform with Band in 1st Mele’s Kalikimaka.

  • Kaunoa Singing Seniors (September-December)

2 new Lunch & Learn class Historical Highlights of Hawaii and Maui in PowerPoint format.

  • At Kaunoa (October)
  • At West Maui Senior Center (December)

1 new Kaunoa Ukulele Pops Band show at Kaunoa with Kathy Collins as MC and a videographer.

  • 1st Mele’s Kalikimaka included singing class (December)

.2 Hawaiian Serenaders show “Classic Songs of the Hawaiian Islands” sponsored by the University of Hawai’i.

  • At Kaunoa (May)
  • At West Maui Senior Center (August)

In addition to offering the above classes and performances, my husband and I hosted graduation parties for the 1st and 2nd classes of Ukulele Beyond the Basics plus a Labor Day/Anniversary party all at our house. My motivation was to teach people so I have friends to play music with and I have succeeded.

Note: My first contact at Kaunoa was Lana Queddeng, Program Assistant, who arranged for The Hawaiian Serenaders to be sponsored by the University of Hawai’i in 2008. Our first show at Kaunoa was “Timeless Love Songs & Stories of Hawai’i Nei” on Thursday, February 14, 2008.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele