Music for Public

Ahahui Kaahumanu

The first time I played music for the Ahahui Kaahumanu, a royal society of Native Hawaiian women, was at my first Christmas party as a member in 2004 when I played guitar along with President Liz Morales and Auntie Bessie DeMello who both played ‘ukulele as we sang Christmas carols to get everyone singing.

In 2005, I played ‘ukulele and my husband Rich played upright bass when we entertained at the Christmas party at Asian Star Restaurant and for the Queen’s Festival at Queen Kaahumanu Center.

In later years I arranged Hawaiian songs, produced a CD of audio recordings for hula dancers to practice, and led the singing and playing ‘ukulele for hula dancers at public programs.

(Photo taken at Kaahumanu Church fundraiser, Wailuku, 2017)

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.