Danced Hula In A Group

Hula Heritage

Mele’s Dad (Uncle Charlie) managed the group “Charlie’s Dollies” comprised of 5 girl cousins (4 sisters and Mele) when ages ranged from 5-12 years-old. We danced hula, played instruments, and sang at family parties, church, and the Armed Services YMCA, etc. The look on the young men’s faces being touched by our music left quite an impression on Mele.

Mele’s Dad said, “Music is the universal language and it will open doors for you.” It has as Mele has danced hula and sang all over the world.

(Photo of Mele dancing hula with cousin Patty Ohara at Waiokeola Church in Waialae-Kahala, Oahu, in 1966)

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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.