Played Piano Since 7

I started piano lessons at age 7 with my mom standing nearby beating time with her hands like a human metronome as I practiced. I remember the birds outside squawking when I made a mistake and then chirping happily when I got it right.

I continued playing piano through high school and entered the Conservatory of Music at the University of Pacific based on my piano performance. My goal was to be a music therapist and use music to help people.

At 14, I was on the Danny Kaleikini TV show that showcased upcoming stars. At 15, my first summer job was teaching music to Asian immigrants at our local YWCA.

(Photo taken at home near Diamond Head, Oahu, 1965.)

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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.