Hawaiian Serenaders Perform June 21 on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders perform at the monthly Picnic for Poki on June 21 at 11 a.m. in Wailuku, Maui.

“Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to join our residents to a Picnic for Poki concert at 11:00 AM at the Historic Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku Town, 103 South High Street on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Our featured guest will be Mele Fong & Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders.

Richard Tom and Mele Fong perform professionally as the husband-wife duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders. They play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites with a specialty in nostalgic boat days music. The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised.

Roselani Place, Maui’s premier assisted living community, will have fresh baked cookies, coffee, and water. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or mat and their lunch and most importantly, bring a friend.

Picnic for Poki is held every third Thursday on 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.

My husband and I are honored to be asked to perform for Picnic with Poki. We have invited hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa to join us on several songs during our one hour+ program of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples.

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

Small Kid Time Ukulele Songs Review

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Mele Fong presented “Small Kid Time Songs” for the June Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on June 15 on Maui.

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

Nineteen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about Kamehameha Day, one of two state holidays honoring Hawaii’s royalty. King Kamehameha united the islands into one kingdom in 1810. 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 all ten planned songs including two with Hawaii roots. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. Froggie Went A Courtin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Days Of My Youth – Latin Strum.
  5. You Are My Sunshine – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And/Tom Tom Strums.
  7. Kuu Home o Kahaluu – Latin Strum.
  8. Oh Susanna – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  9. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.
  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 lesson on how to play it.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Days of My Youth and Kuu Home o Kahaluu.
  2. From the Pop Songs Category – Froggie Went A Courtin’, Que Sera Sera, and You Are My Sunshine
  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. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
  3. The More We Get Together
  4. 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 advanced ukulele players.

  1. Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 – She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain plus 5 other songs for beginning ‘ukulele players.
  2. Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 – The More We Get Together plus 5 other songs for beginning to intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  3. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 19.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Lahaina Library Ukulele Show Review

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented “Story of the Ukulele and Concert” on June 9 at Lahaina Public Library on Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. – noon at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. This was the third time in two years that my husband Rich and I were asked to perform at the library. There were approximately twelve people who attended the concert, including one person whom we met in the library parking lot as we were unloading our equipment.

The Hawaiian Serenaders is the stage name for our husband-wife duo as we entertain on ukulele, ukulele-bass, and vocals. We are honored to be on the list of performing artists sponsored by University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program that libraries can select from. As such, our presentations have an educational focus as we engage the audience in learning about the ukulele, the music, and the stories behind the songs.

We displayed our personal collection of different types of ‘ukulele ranging from soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings; and my dad’s banjo ukulele. We demonstrated different sounds from the instruments while strumming a “C” chord and then plucking a high “G” string versus low “G” string. We told the history of the ‘ukulele and performed different genres of music. My husband Rich demonstrated his ‘ukulele bass and played instrumental solos on it.

Here is our song list of 11 songs and why they were selected:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history of the ukulele; 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-ukulele examples).
  4. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with sing-along on chorus).
  5. Uwehi Ami and Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into Hawaiian contemporary song).
  6. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1920’s sing-along song).
  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-ukulele examples).
  10. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change to blues genre and change to ukulele with high A for picking riff).
  11. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova Strum (features u-bass solo and change to jazz genre).

Read reviews of previous shows we presented at the Lahaina Library:

  1. April 2017 show for 50-5th graders
  2. July 2017 show to the public.

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

Serenaders Father’s Day Concert in Kula

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The Hawaiian Serenaders present a special Father’s Day Concert on June 17 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui.

“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.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong on ukulele, u-bass, and vocals, present a special Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.  The program includes a variety of fun, upbeat songs familiar to the audience to increase their enjoyment of the music. For example, we will perform a few Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and hapa haole songs popular in Hawaii as well as songs from the 1920s to encourage people have fun singing-along to the nostalgic tunes.

The last time we performed at Kula Hospital was on Mother’s Day this year when we were received warmly by the patients, their families, and hospital staff. One of the nurses came up to us afterwards and requested that we sing a couple of songs she knows the hula to so she can dance to those songs at our Father’s Day concert. Read more about our Mother’s Day concert here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the entertainment services of our duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, click here.

 

To listen to over 100 audio recordings of songs by The Hawaiian Serenaders that you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private webcam lessons from wherever you live, click here.

 

To watch us in action, visit our YouTube channel and click here.

 

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing-Along with Mele Fong June 15

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs is Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Join in singing fun, sing-along songs we remember from childhood at my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series – Small Kid Time Songs on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Songs include a few specific to growing up in Hawaii such as “Days of My Youth” and “Kuu Home O Kahaluu” in addition to the usual “Oh Suzannah” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

My sing-along 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 participants are telling me.

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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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

Serenaders Perform July 9 in Lahaina

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, present Story of the Ukulele and Concert on Saturday,  June 9 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The program includes the history of the instrument, display of different sizes of ukulele, and a variety of songs to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, present Story of the Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The program includes the history of the instrument, display of different sizes of ukulele, and a variety of songs to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility. We are honored to be sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program to be able to present our educational program to the public.

Our appreciation goes to the head librarian who asked us to return after performing at Lahaina Public Library twice last year.

  1. Read about the program we did for 50-5th graders on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by clicking here.
  2. Read about the program we did for the general public on Saturday, July 1, 2017 by clicking here.

For more information about the entertainment services of our duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Hawaii State Holidays Program

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State Holidays was the title of the program on Wednesday, May 30 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui. This was the second in the new Hawaiian History and Song Series for 2018.

Seventeen people signed up for State Holidays, the second program in my new Hawaiian History and Song Series for 2018 on Wednesday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The focus was on learning the history behind Kuhio Day and Kamehameha Day, Hawaii’s two state holidays honoring past royalty, and singing related songs. Part one lecture took about 60-minutes, followed by Part two taking 25-minutes to get through five songs. The first two songs honored Kamehameha and the second two songs honored Prince Kuhio by taking place in Waikiki where he lived with his wife.

Afterwards, one new attendee came up to ask when the next program would be (just when I’m wondering whether to continue the history series next year). It was rewarding to see many returning people who expressed their enjoyment of the program, too.

Here is the list of 5 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:

  1. Hawaii Ponoi – Waltz Variation Strum.
  2. King Kamehameha the Conqueror of the Islands – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  3. Kaimana Hila – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  4. On The Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

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

DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song bundled for one low price.

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 to learn off-line.

  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 – Kaimana Hila, Hawaii Aloha, plus 4 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.

SCHEDULE PRIVATE WEBCAM LESSONS. Listen to the audio recording of King Kamehameha on my website Fan Club, and then get the song sheet with your private webcam lesson on how to play it.

The Hawaiian History and Song series continues on the 5th Wednesdays of the month. The next program is August 29 and is titled Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders (Queen Emma, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, King William Lunalilo, Queen Kapiolani, and Queen Lili’uokalani.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Advanced Hawaiian Ukulele Workshop in July

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Mele Fong of Ukulele Mele on Maui teaches an Advanced Hawaiian Ukulele workshop from July 16-20. Adults can learn to play 7 songs with 3-11 ukulele chords and 8 unique strums.

Are you a confident ukulele player looking to go to the next level? Come to Maui for my Advanced Hawaiian Ukulele week-long workshop July 16 – 20  to learn from a professional ukulele teacher/singer/entertainer. Have FUN learning to play Hawaii’s official instrument from a Native Hawaiian in a historical Hawaiian place. No need to read music as you learn ukulele chords and unique strums to fun, sing-along songs. Enjoy applying what you learn to your favorite songs and join the ukulele craze making music with your friends!

Listen to an audio sample of a song you can learn to play at the workshop.

ADVANCED HAWAIIAN UKULELE

Dates: July 16 – 20, 2018.
Workshop: 10 hours of instruction over 5 days.
Place: Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii.
Cost: $1,150 Includes rental instrument, songbook, video lessons, audio recordings, and video stories behind the songs for 7 songs with 3-11 ukulele chords and 8 unique strums (includes 2 Hawaiian songs).

SAVE YOUR SEAT by July 8 by registering at https://www.dedi.co/workshops/ukulele-lessons-on-maui-level-2/

BEFORE THE WORKSHOP you can:

  • Attend a Saturday July 14 concert by your teacher and her husband performing as the professional duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders.
  • Fly on Sunday July 15 to Oahu for the 45th Annual Ukulele Festival located across famous Waikiki beach.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Beginning Hawaiian Ukulele Workshop in July

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Mele Fong of Ukulele Mele on Maui teaches a Beginning Hawaiian Ukulele workshop from July 9-13. Adults can learn to play 7 songs with 2-5 ukulele chords and 8 unique strums.

Do you want to join the ukulele craze and don’t know how to begin? Come to Maui for my Beginning Hawaiian Ukulele week-long workshop July 9 – 13 to learn from a professional ukulele teacher/singer/entertainer. Have FUN learning to play Hawaii’s official instrument from a Native Hawaiian in a historical Hawaiian place. No need to read music as you learn ukulele chords and unique strums to fun, sing-along songs. Enjoy applying what you learn to your favorite songs and join the ukulele craze making music with your friends!

Listen to an audio sample of a song you can learn to play at the workshop.

BEGINNING HAWAIIAN UKULELE

Dates: July 9 – 13, 2018.
Workshop: 10 hours of instruction over 5 days.
Place: Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii.
Cost: $1,150 Includes rental instrument, songbook, video lessons, audio recordings, and video stories behind the songs for 7 songs with 2-5 ukulele chords and 8 unique strums (includes a traditional Hawaiian song).

SAVE YOUR SEAT by July 1st by registering at https://www.dedi.co/workshops/beginning-ukulele-the-hawaiian-way/

AFTER THE WORKSHOP you can:

  • Attend a Saturday July 14 concert by your teacher and her husband performing as the professional duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders.
  • Fly on Sunday July 15 to Oahu for the 45th annual Ukulele Festival located across famous Waikiki beach.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele