My first 2-hour ukulele strumming workshop called “Play Along with Ukulele Mele” was offered to the public at the Bailey House in 2012. The workshop began as a way to help raise funds for the Bailey House that was in the red. The format and name changed over the years. In summary we offered 46 2-hour workshops serving 546 participants from July 14, 2012 – March 10, 2018.
The first written testimonial was received in 2013:
“I had the pleasure of attending Mele’s ukulele strumming workshop recently on Maui and to say it exceeded my expectations is an understatement! There was something for everyone no matter what your playing level. Most importantly, I came away with a stronger and more determined desire to better my playing on this wonderful little musical instrument. I’m sure others did as well and the two-hour session ended all too quickly. Well done, Mele!” – Brian Lewis, Surrey, B.C. Canada, 17 November 2013.
(Photo of Mele teaching the first 2-hour Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshop at the Bailey House’s separate building, 14 July 2012)