Looking back on 2014, it was a very good year. We revised all video lessons and video stories, and all recordings for the 30+ monthly online lessons using new technologies for a better product. Other new efforts included the following:
- Started a “Contest for Free Online Lessons for 30 Days” in August 2014 that is continuing into 2015.
- Gave Hawaiian History Talk on Hawaii’s Last Queen including a sing-along of some of her songs in September at the Bailey House Museum.
- Gave 3 Strumming Workshops in the Fall at Hilo Hattie’s store on Oahu in partnership with an ukulele vendor.
- Released CD “Hawaiian Songs & Stories, vol. 1” by The Hawaiian Serenaders in July to coincide with the Celebration of Bailey special event.
Here are some stats of Ukulele Mele services and retail products sold:
- 73 individuals took 120 lessons on Maui, some at the Bailey House Museum and some at our Kula studio.
- 58 students were from the mainland, Canada, Europe, or Australia, 1 from Oahu, and 14 from Maui.
- 63 students were beginners, 10 had some experience including a ukulele school teacher from Canada.
- 71 participated in 7 Strumming Workshops at the Bailey House Museum.
- 104 participated in Strumming Workshops at special events including the Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, and at the new workshops at Hilo Hattie’s store on Oahu.
- 1 private webcam student from Canada (who took 7 webcam lessons plus 1 lesson on Maui)
- 3 subscribers to monthly online lessons.
- 77 people bought 86 packaged song sets sold at private lessons, classes, workshops, and special events.
- The Hawaiian Serenaders, Maui Ukulele Pops Band, and Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio performed throughout the year.
“Mele is a gifted teacher! I would recommend this class to anyone wanting (ukulele lessons) who lives here and wants to learn or to anyone visiting the island that wants to experience a little Hawaiiana!” — part of review by Deborah F. on January 18, 2015 (about the 2-hour Ukulele Strumming Workshop held the previous day at the Bailey House Museum).
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele