Played Music With Family

I spent summers with my Hawaiian grandparents in Hana, Maui. We ate fish and poi, went to sleep at sunset, and got up with the chickens. My mom says I cried at 8 years-old when electricity was hooked up knowing that modern conveniences would change the lifestyle. No more kerosene lanterns, cold baths in tubs, and no need to salt food to preserve it. I was lucky to experience both the rural and urban lifestyles growing up.

(Photo taken with Dad and grandma Kihei in Hana,Maui, 1970.)

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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.