Review January 2018 Ukulele Workshop

Seven people attended the January 2018 Ukulele Strumming Workshop by Ukulele Mele at the Bailey House on Maui.

Seven people attended my 45th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, January 20 at the Bailey House in Wailuku bringing the total to 638 served since the workshops began on July 14, 2012. My goal is to introduce people to my unique method for forming ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else. Four people came from the mainland and three were local residents.

I enjoyed seeing two individuals from Massachusetts and California on their annual trip to Maui who came back to learn more from attending my previous workshops, private lessons, and classes. Before the workshop started a man played “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue” and Rich played u-bass and I called out the ukulele chords as all the early birds to the workshop played the song by ear. Later I suggested he apply my Hum Ding-Ah Strum to make the song sound better.

These are the songs we played with the number of chords and strum name:

  1. Horse with No Name – 2-chords with Chalang-Alang Strum.
  2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – 3-chords with Chalang-Alang Strum.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – 3-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – 4-chords with Morse Code Strum.

Plus, I demonstrated how playing other strums to the same song affects the mood of what you want to express. In other words, there is more than one way to play a song and you are in the driver’s seat to convey the feeling by the way you play the rhythm.

LEARN TO PLAY She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain from home:

  1. Single Song lesson download (for only that song).
  2. Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 packaged set of book/DVD/CD (for that song and 5 others with 8 different strums).

LEARN TO PLAY Hawaii Aloha from home:

  1. Single Song lesson download (for only that song)
  2. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 packaged set of book/DVD/CD (for that song and 5 others with 8 different strums).

CLICK FOR OTHER WAYS OF LEARNING from me from wherever you live.

Register now for the next Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Bailey House in Wailuku. Learn more (links to photos, reviews, etc.)

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Workshop January 20, 2018

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Ukulele Strumming Workshop is this Saturday, January 20 at 10 a.m. at the Bailey House. Pre-registration is recommended.

‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop is this coming Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku. Get an introduction to the joy of making music the Ukulele Mele Way from an experienced educator and professional entertainer with a unique method of forming ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else on Maui. Play fun, sing-along songs while accompanied by a professional ukulele-bass player.

Do you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently? Then you will have more fun at this workshop. We will go beyond the chalang-alang strum (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music.

After the workshop you can discover ways to continue learning on Maui, online, by single song lesson downloads, and/or by packaged sets of book/DVD/CD for beginners, intermediate, and advanced ukulele players.

Cost for the workshop is $10 or $5 for museum members at the door. Seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended.

REGISTER ONLINE or call/text me at 808-281-4981 Hawaii Time. For more information, visit my website at www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com.

Come and experience firsthand how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Can’t make it to Maui? No problem. Choose how you want to learn from the comfort of your home:

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

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

Christmas Songs By Ukulele Mele

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Learn to play 6 Christmas songs with 8 unique strums in the Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 packaged set of book/DVD/CD by Ukulele Mele

Here are happy secular songs for the season that you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with unique ‘ukulele strums taught by no one else:

  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 – Play ‘Ukulele Yes I Can Strum and 4And Strum
  13. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN TO PLAY THE SONGS ABOVE:

  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.

Bonus: learn more about the story behind the song, Mele Kalikimaka – Hawai’i’s way to say Merry Christmas.

As we say in Hawai’i, Mele Kalikimaka and a Happy New Year!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review December Ukulele Strumming Workshop

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Five people came to the December 16 Ukulele Strumming Workshop at the Bailey House in Wailuku.

Five people attended my 44thUkulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, December 16 at the Bailey House in Wailuku bringing the total to 631 served since the workshops began on July 14, 2012. One couple came from Arizona; one couple came from Oregon; and one local resident – were all first timers to learning the Ukulele Mele Way.

During the introductions, we found out that one of the ladies was a niece of a long-time student of mine at Kaunoa Senior Center where I have been teaching ukulele classes since 2009. Such a small world!

There was a lot of excitement as everyone could play the ukulele. Thus, I knew we could play songs with more chords. After teaching an introduction to my method of forming chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming two songs with the basic Chalang-alang Strum, we expanded to more complicated strums and chords. We played a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells with the Hum Ding-Ah Strum and off-base chord of D7 with a verse in Hawaiian. Fun!

These are the songs we played with the number of chords and strum name:

  1. Horse with No Name – 2-chords with Chalang-Alang Strum.
  2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – 3-chords with Chalang-Alang Strum.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – 3-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Jingle Bells – 4-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Hawaii Aloha – 4-chords with Morse Code Strum.

Plus, I gave a history of the ukulele and demonstrated how playing other strums to the same song affects the mood of what you want to express. In other words, there is more than one way to play a song and you are in the driver’s seat to convey the feeling by the way you play the rhythm.

“I love playing Hawaii Aloha,” commented one workshop participant visiting from the mainland.

There are two ways to learn to play my song arrangement of Hawaii Aloha:

  1. Single Song lesson download.
  2. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 packaged set of book/DVD/CD with 6 songs and 8 different strums.

See other ways of learning ukulele from me from wherever you live.

Register now for the next Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Bailey House in Wailuku.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Strumming Workshop December 16

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Ukulele Strumming Workshop with Ukulele Mele is December 16 from 10-11 .am. at the Bailey House in Wailuku, Maui.

‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop is this coming Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku, Maui. Get an introduction to the joy of making music the Ukulele Mele Way from an experienced educator and professional entertainer with a unique method of forming ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else on Maui. Play fun, sing-along songs while accompanied by a professional ukulele-bass player.

Do you play C, F, and G7 chords confidently? Then you will have more fun at this workshop. We will go beyond the chalang-alang strum (even up and down strums) and give you a taste of other rhythm patterns. There is no need to read music as we play songs by ear without looking at music.

After the workshop you can discover ways to continue learning on Maui, online, by single song lesson downloads, and/or by packaged sets of book/DVD/CD for beginners, intermediate, and advanced ukulele players.

Cost for the workshop is $10 or $5 for museum members at the door. Seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended.

REGISTER ONLINE or call/text me at 808-281-4981 Hawaii Time. For more information, visit my website at www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com.

Come and experience firsthand how much fun it is to “Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way.”

Can’t make it to Maui? No problem. Choose how you want to learn from the comfort of your home:

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Nov. 29 Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at Hana Public and School Library on Nov. 29. There were 129 people including 80 1st to 5th graders who attended.

“Thank you again for such a wonderful performance, the children were still talking about it today.” –´Irene, branch librarian via Facebook.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele and vocals, presented “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29 at Hana Public and School Library. We were so pleased to have 129 people including 80 1st to 5th graders attend our program. We specifically added 4 Christmas songs the children would know so we could do a sing-along. The best moment was after our program when a teacher played my ‘ukulele and the children sang a song for us – it brought tears to our eyes – the sound of children’s voices were so moving.

Here is the song list including 4 Christmas sing-along songs to engage the children:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage)
  2. Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum (started as rhythm accompaniment to singers & hula dancers)*
  3. Jingle Bells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (sing-along In English and Hawaiian)
  4. Uwehi Ami & Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song)
  5. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (Dixieland jazz & banjo uke example)
  6. Silent Night – Pick in 6 Strum (sing-along in English and Hawaiian in 6/8 time example)
  7. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop with audience sing-along example)
  8. Ulupalakua – Olapa Strum (Hawaiian place name song with English translation)*
  9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (sing-along)
  10. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1920s banjo uke example)
  11. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas)
  12. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum (traditional ending to events in Hawaii)
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The Hawaiian Serenaders are artists available through the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program.

The educational program was funded in part by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The Hawaiian Serenaders are artists available through the UH program. There is no cost to the audience and we got paid – a win win for everyone. Note: This gig was part of our 3 ‘ukulele shows in 3 Days in November – just the way the scheduling worked out (Read more).

About the trip: The long and windy road to Hana was made more challenging this trip because of the rainy conditions. The waterfalls were gushing and in many spots the rain water was running down the sides of the roads. We arrived safely at the library after a 2-hour drive (we left home at 9 a.m.). The librarian was so happy to see us as “it’s hard to get entertainers down here.” Luckily the rain stopped long enough for us to unload our equipment into the library. It was 5 p.m. by the time we arrived home – making a long, but worthwhile day.

For more information about our entertainment services:

.Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele