2 ‘Ukulele Gigs in 2 Days


Relaxing after the 2nd gig in 2 days was done.

Happy Valentines Day!  The Hawaiian Serenaders performed over a whirlwind weekend of two gigs in two days. There is nothing like doing what you enjoy doing with your sweetheart, and making people happy sharing our style of easy listening music.

On Saturday, February 13, we played an hour for an outdoor pre-wedding reception at Lumeria Maui in a beautiful retreat-like setting in upcountry Maui. The venue was so romantic as we played mostly love songs of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz genres from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. just as the sun was setting and beyond. Some of the 40 guests made a point of telling us how much they enjoyed our music, which was really great to know as we weren’t sure they could hear us as we performed acoustically (without amplification). I looked at this gig as an audition since the groom who hired us to perform is also the general manager at Lumeria, and we hope he will refer us to other people who are looking for live entertainment at the site. Douglas Drummond was very happy with our music, so things are looking up!

On Sunday, February 14, we played just over an hour for an outdoor silent auction benefit with buffet lunch at Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. It was a beautiful Maui day with a cool breeze blowing near the beach in south Maui. About 80-100 people came to the event. A few songs into our set, a lady came up and asked for our business card saying she wished we would have played for her special event the night before as she really liked our music. “We knew you were good, but didn’t realize you were THAT good,” commented one of the church parishioners. We performed as a favor for Cindee Burkitt, a church member, friend, and ‘ukulele player who plays in our jazz trio. We also sold some of our Hawaiian Serenaders CDs of traditional Hawaiian songs and the stories behind them. It was a great day in Hawaii Nei.

We so enjoy entertaining audiences with our mix of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz standards.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele