Growing up in Hawai’i by Mele Fong
I remember when as a child my Dad told me, “Music is the universal language meant to be shared and it will open doors for you.” That has certainly come true.
I have sung American jazz with a French keyboardist and Czech saxophone player on a cruise ship on the River Seine, danced hula in Alexandria, Egypt for the Board of Directors of the YMCA, and represented the State of Hawai’i in concert performing as the professional duo The Hawaiian Serenaders at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
On February 10, 2017 my mom passed away making me a motherless child (since my dad had passed away on August 14, 2012.) On March 10, during my mom’s Celebration of Life, I presented a 6-minute slideshow movie titled “Fong Family Memories – A Tribute To My Parents.” The slideshow chronicled 93 years of her life and gives a sense of where I come from. It’s easy to see the musical influence and joy of making music that my parents instilled in me from a young age. In the background you’ll hear the music of Kui Lee singing “Days of My Youth” which he wrote when he was dying from cancer and dedicated to his son. You can watch the video tribute below.