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Summer 2013 Events

HIGHLIGHTS: Scroll down to read reviews by the date of the event

Summer: (July - September 2013)
July 13. Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
August 10. Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
August 30. Concert "Ukulele Tour of the Hawaiian Islands" at Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska.
August 30-September 2. Homer Ukulele Players Event at Homer, Alaska.
September 1. Concert "Ukulele Mixed Plate: Hawaiian, Pops, & Jazz Favorites" at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, AK.
September 14. Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
September 21-22. Maui Marathon at Kaanapali.

REVIEWS

July 13. Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Thirteen ukulele players came, including two friends who were brought by current participants. One year ago we started these workshops as an experiment, and we're happy that it has become part of the continuing program at the Museum. Some of the ukulele players take classroom lessons from Mele at Kaunoa Senior Center, and some also take private and/or small group lessons at the Museum. Donald Craib, the new Executive Director of the museum since July 1st, brought pastries and had coffee available again which added a nice social touch to the gathering.

August 10. Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Twenty ukulele players, the largest number we've had so far, came to the workshop despite the rainy, dreary weather. One young woman from Washington state found us on the internet and came to the workshop while on vacation with her family. She teaches ukulele to 6-year olds and asked for tips on teaching rhythm to young children. One couple had only one ukulele between them. Frequent students Andrea and Hinano K. graciously loaned them one of their instruments so that each of the new players could play. We rocked the building to its rafters with many voices joyously singing and playing ukulele to upbeat songs. What fun!

August 30. Concert "Ukulele Tour of the Hawaiian Islands" at Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska.
August 30-September 2. Homer Ukulele Players Event at Homer, Alaska.
September 1. Concert "Ukulele Mixed Plate: Hawaiian, Pops, & Jazz Favorites" at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, AK.

Forty ukulele players participated in this first time event organized by Ukulele Mele. The Hawaiian Serenaders performed two 2-hour concerts of different musical genres, and Mele taught 7 hours of ukulele classes and 5 hours of small group lessons for a total of 16 hours over four days. Whew! Everything was held at Homer Council on the Arts except for the Sunday evening concert which was held at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Classes were full and people were happy, making for a successful event. Visit the Homer Ukulele Players Event scrapbook that includes photos and testimonials online.

September 14. Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Fifteen ukulele players came to the ukulele workshop, including new and returning players who had been away for awhile. Two new people came as a result of the Bailey House Museum's advertising efforts in The Maui News Datebook calendar and the Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine Hana Hou. Before the workshop, Mele setup a meeting between the director of the Bailey House Museum and the president of the Maui Ukulele Guild to discuss the possibility of planning a temporary exhibit about the ukulele next Fall.

September 21-22. Maui Marathon at Kaanapali.

The Hawaiian Serenaders performed at 3 different venues in 2 days, twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.

On Saturday, September 21, we performed at the Westin Hotel, site of the 43rd Annual Maui Marathon's exposition. We played an hour in the ballroom starting at 2:30 p.m., and then again for 30 minutes outside in the Aloha Pavilion to open the carb party. New this year, we left our music and music stand at home, and played all songs by memory. It was a great experience to be freed up to look more at the audience and see their smiles.

On Sunday, September 22, we performed an hour outside starting at 9:00 a.m. at the finish line. We kept the pace going, only stopping briefly in between songs to confer on what was next. It was very enjoyable to be surrounded by such energy and excitement. New this year we noticed more runners wearing costumes as they crossed the finish line.



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