2014 Ukulele Lesson

Steel Guitar Festival

About 60 people total, mostly beginning ‘ukulele players, participated in two free 1-hour workshops held on Saturday morning and afternoon of the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Hotel. The hotel provided a few instruments and we brought our personal instruments for people to use as Mele taught fun songs to play by ear (without music sheets).The workshops were held outdoors under the “Chapel Hut” and at times, gusts of wind would blow over the velcro board with chord shapes displayed that we had mounted on an easel. What fun we had!

One person commented how it was the first time someone showed her how to hold the instrument, and what a difference it made. Another person said that he goes to a lot of workshops, and Mele really knows how to teach. The workshops grew in popularity since last year, which was the first year we were involved with the Festival under Alan Akaka’s leadership.

(Photo taken at the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Saturday, 12 April 2014)

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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.