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

Sing Island Songs for August 2017

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Sing Island Songs to celebrate Admissions Day

In celebration of Admissions Day when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series: Island  Songs on Thursday, August 17 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 are people returning? “It’s fun!”

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 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

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