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)