“You guys are good,” remarked several young people after The Hawaiian Serenaders performed last Saturday for the 10th anniversary celebration of Central Pacific Bank’s Wailuku Branch office on March 7th. I felt good when young 20-30-somethings came up to tell us how much they enjoyed our music, as our appreciative audiences are usually older. One high school boy came up afterwards to talk to Rich about his u-bass.
The person who contacted me for this gig is good friends with the daughter of one of my ukulele students and performs in our Maui Ukulele Pops Band. We got called at the last minute a week ago, and were happy to oblige. Word-of-mouth advertising for our entertainment services works great on our island Maui.
When I asked my contact what kind of music she prefers, she answered, “play whatever you want.” Thus, we performed our mix of local favorites including Japanese and Filipino songs along with Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz. We like to keep our audience guessing on what we’ll be playing next. We invited hula dancers to come up and dance to our songs, and one little girl was so cute dancing on the side of the tent. We also encouraged the mixed aged crowd to sing-along, and some did.
The outdoor event was held in the front of the bank, with food, shave ice, and entertainment under a big tent. We played our mix of music for a half-hour, and then a bank official asked us to play another 2 songs after they did give-a-ways. Sure, no problem. At that point, we moved our music stand away, and played a couple of Maui songs by memory. The sound guy yelled out “Hana Hou” and then we ended with the 1940’s tune Sophisticated Hula.
“Do you have a card?” asked one lady who came up to talk to us after our set. “My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary with a vow renewal in Iao Valley, and we’d love to have you provide music.” The Hawaiian Serenaders are available for hire. Hear audio samples.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele