Hawaiian Grandparents

Hula Heritage

Mele spent childhood summers with her Hawaiian grandparents in rural Hana, Maui. As in traditional Hawaiian culture, they named the child according to a prophecy dream – Mele Nani – meaning beautiful song in Hawaiian. Mele grew up singing and dancing hula from an early age. In Hana, Mele learned the old Hawaiian ways of fishing, salting food, talking story, and playing music.

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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.