Sing Patriotic Songs in July

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Ukulele players and/or singers can sing patriotic songs as part of the Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on July 25.

Patriotic songs are the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will celebrate the 4th of July by singing songs honoring our country. These songs include America the Beautiful and more.

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 have told 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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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Strumming Songs for July

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The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui.

The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui. We will be playing a mix of ten old and new songs for the quarter of July – September with five classes scheduled on the first and third Wednesdays of the month starting July 17.

Some students are also in my Advanced ‘Ukulele class who have been with me since class began in January 2009. They have had many years to learn my unique method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming rhythm patterns taught by no one else.

Students receive the song sheets by email to print and bring to class or refer to on their digital device (small tablets). Outside of class, students can play along to the audio recordings for each of the songs on my website. We enjoy playing our ‘ukulele and singing Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs together. Anyone can listen to the audio recordings at my online Fan Club page.

Here is the song list with the name of strum, key, and number of chords:

  1. Blue Suede Shoes – Hum Ding-Ah – C-3 chords
  2. Days of My Youth – Latin – C-9 chords
  3. Henehene Kou Aka – I Wanna Rest – F-8 chords
  4. In The Still Of The Night – I Wanna Rest/4And Strum – F-7 chords
  5. Kuu Home o Kahaluu – Latin – D-7 chords
  6. Medley: Kilakika O Haleakalā/No Ka Pueo – C and F – 8 chords
  7. Medley: La Bamba/Twist & Shout – Latin – C-3 chords
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums – D and F – 11 chords
  9. On The Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah – C and F – 7 chords
  10. Peggy Sue – Tom Tom – C-3 chords
  11. Proud Mary – Tom Tom – C-6 chords
  12. Rock Around the Clock – Hum Ding-Ah – C-3 chords

For information about our ukulele performing groups:

  1. Maui Ukulele Pops Band – students from Advanced ‘Ukulele class
  2. Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio – master student with my husband and I
  3. The Hawaiian Serenaders – professional duo of my husband and I

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Advanced Ukulele Songs for July

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The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my Advanced ‘Ukulele class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui.

The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my Advanced ‘Ukulele class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui. We will be playing a mix of ten old and new songs for the third quarter of the year with six classes scheduled on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Many students have been with me since I starting teaching in January 2009. They have had many years to learn my unique method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming rhythm patterns taught by no one else. My husband and I have taken some students on the road as the group Maui Ukulele Pops Band to perform my unique song arrangements in the greater Maui community.

Students receive the song sheets by email to print and bring to class or refer to on their digital device (small tablets). Outside of class, students can play along to the audio recordings for each of the songs on my website. We enjoy playing our ‘ukulele and singing Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs together. Anyone can listen to the audio recordings on my online Fan Club page.

Here is the song list with the name of strum, key, and number of chords:

  1. Aloha Kauai– I Wanna Rest – F-13 chords
  2. E Huli Makou  – ‘Ōlapa – C and F-8 chords
  3. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova – F-11 chords
  4. God Bless America – Morse Code/Pick in 4 – C-9 chords
  5. Haleakalā– Pick in 4 – C-9 chords
  6. King Kamehameha – I Wanna Rest/4And – C-12 chords
  7. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah – F-16 chords
  8. Moon River – 2 Waltz – F-13 chords
  9. Only You – I Wanna Rest/Latin – C-14 chords
  10. Sunny – Bossa Nova – Am-6 chords

For information about our performing groups:

  1. Maui Ukulele Pops Band – students
  2. Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio – master student with my husband and I
  3. The Hawaiian Serenaders – professional duo of my husband and I

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Kamehameha Day Activities 2019

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The Royal Order of Kamehameha and the Ahahui Kaahumanu celebrated Kamehameha Day with a march in Kahului and a parade in Lahaina, Maui in June.

June 11 is the official state holiday to celebrate King Kamehameha who unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810. On Maui, I celebrated the holiday with my Ahahui Kaahumanu sisters in the Kamehameha Day March in Kahului on the actual holiday on Tuesday, June 11 and in the Commemorative Parade in Lahaina on Saturday, June 15. The Ahahui Kaahumanu is a royal society of Native Hawaiian women honoring Queen Ka’ahumanu, favorite wife of King Kamehameha.

The march in Kahului is a solemn event for members of the four royal societies and the community as we walked one-mile down Ka’ahumanu Avenue from the University of Hawaii Maui College to Hoaloha Park. The police coned off the car lane nearest the sidewalk so we could walk safely down the major street in Kahului and cross a major intersection along the way. The Royal Order of Kamehameha led the event and hosted the paina (social gathering with food) afterwards at their clubhouse at Hale Nanea. My Uncle Clifford started this event back in 2000 and the tradition continues today.

The parade in Lahaina is a fun event as we rode in cars and waved to spectators down the one-mile route from Kenui Street along Front Street to Shaw Street. This year we had five bright red cars to accommodate our group with three to four members per car. The Royal Order of Kamehameha led the event and provided a tour bus to take us back and forth from Kahului to the parade start and finish in air conditioned luxury. After Hawaiian protocols concluded the event, I got a photo with the new Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino who rode in the parade with his wife. “Please send me the photo,” commented the mayor. I’m pleased that our current and former mayor know me by name.

Learn more about Kamehameha Day holiday.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Father’s Day Concert 2019

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Father’s Day Concert at Kula Hospital on Maui. A nurse danced 4 hula.

“You are a good looking couple.” “Thank you for coming.” We heard nice comments and saw many smiles on the faces of the 50 plus patients and their families who came to our Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 16 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

This was our second Father’s Day Concert in two years and continues to be a rewarding way to make people happy as we honor our fathers who have passed away. We enjoyed trying out new Big Band jazz songs that we plan to perform at our upcoming “Pop and Jazz ‘Ukulele Concert” in August at Kaunoa Senior Center. New this time the nurse asked to do all four planned hulas at once instead of spreading out the songs throughout our set.

Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums geared for an older audience were:

  1. Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/There Is A Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Sentimental Journey – 4 And
  3. Quando, Quando, Quando – Bossa Nova
  4. Moon River – 2 Waltz
  5. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  6. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  7. All of Me – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  8. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  9. Autumn Leaves – I Wanna Rest/Bossa Nova
  10. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  11. As Time Goes By – I Wanna Rest/4And
  12. Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Bossa Nova
  13. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah with hula
  14. I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin
  15. Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway/I Got Rhythm – Bossa Nova/Hum Ding-Ah
  16. E Huli Mākou – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  17. Hana Hou – Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They 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.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Father’s Day Ukulele Concert on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, perform a Father’s Day Concert at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present a Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop and jazz songs that are familiar to older adults. This is the second year that the Serenaders are returning to entertain hospital patients and their families with a free Father’s Day concert.

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 and have played music professionally together since they married in 1994.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples, view photos, and read reviews.

‘Ukulele players can learn Mele’s unique method of forming ‘ukulele chord shapes and strumming styles from wherever you live! Visit the Learn with Mele webpage today!

On Maui, adults 55 and older can take Mele’s classes for ‘ukulele, Hawaiian history, and sing-along at Kaunoa Senior Center. Visit the Kaunoa Senior Center webpage to learn more.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Small Kid Time Songs June

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs was Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

“You hit it out of the park,” commented a happy singer.

Thirteen people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs from childhood to kick off the summer season of family car, bus, and camping trips. Three songs were particularly nostalgic in looking back to days when we were younger (Days of My Youth, Ku’u Home O Kahaluu, and Que Sera Sera).

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about June 11 being Kamehameha Day, the official state holiday first declared in 1871 to honor the man who unified the Hawaiian kingdom in 1810. Since 1932, the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau has been using King Kamehameha’s image for road signs to signify sites of cultural, historic, or scenic value. Learn more about the story behind Kamehameha Day here.

We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  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. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And/Tom Tom Strums.
  8. Ku’u Home o Kahaluu – Latin Strum.
  9. Oh Susannah – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Clementine – 2 Waltz Strums.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs is Thursday, July 25.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Small Kid Time Songs in June

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs is Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

Small Kid Time songs is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on June 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will kick off the start of summer by singing nostalgic songs from childhood that we may have sung during summer road trips long ago. These songs include She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain, and more.

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 have told 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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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele from wherever you live:

Keep up-to-date – receive Mele’s monthly e-newsletter UKE News You Can Use. SIGN-UP TODAY!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Big Island Stories and Songs

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Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class held on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“You put a lot of work into the program. The pictures were great.”

Fourteen people signed up for the new Big Island Stories and Songs class on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The class was the second in the new Island Stories and Songs Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. Last year we visited the Big Island and thus it was fun to tell first hand stories of places we visited along with learning about new places.

Part 1: A virtual tour of Big Island places of cultural, historical, or scenic interest for adults. We started in Hilo in the east and went south around the tip to overnight in Kona in the west. The next day we continued north to overnight in Waikoloa and then along the Hamakua coast back to Hilo. The last leg of the journey was on Saddle Road from Hilo to Waimea. It took about 1-hour to complete the virtual tour.

Part 2: Audience sing and play along to my song arrangements with unique ‘ukulele strums to four songs about the Big Island (including the traditional song to end all public events):

  1. Hilo March – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Beauty of Mauna Kea – Bossa Nova Strum.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

Stay tuned for the next Island Stories and Songs Series – Walk with Royalty on Wednesday, October 30.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Big Island Stories and Songs May 29

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Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Maui.

Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of my class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The Big Island, also called Hawaii Island or the Big Island of Hawaii, is the youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. This class is the second of the new Island Stories and Songs Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. I thought it a good idea to offer a virtual tour of the four major Hawaiian Islands, especially for those who don’t travel that much anymore.

Students will visit several places of interest on the Big Island while learning the cultural symbols, geography, Hawaiian historical places, scenic overlooks, and more. Plus we will sing and play ‘ukulele to five songs about the Big Island and learn the stories behind the songs in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions. Lunch is optional and a good time to sit around and talk story with like minded people who enjoy learning about the Hawaiian Islands, singing, and playing the ukulele.

SIGN UP NOW by calling Kaunoa at 808-270-7308.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele