2019 Island Stories and Songs Series


Four Classes Planned in 2019

My 2019 schedule has been set for my NEW Island Stories & Songs series from 10 a.m. – noon on the 5th Wednesdays of the month at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Check my online calendar above. There are a total of 4 classes with themes as follows:

January 30 – Oahu
May 29 – Big Island of Hawai’i
July 31 – Kauai
October 30 – Maui Nui

Students will take a virtual tour of the selected Hawaiian Islands and learn about cultural and other places of interest. Plus we will sing some island songs and learn the stories behind them while following the song’s lyrics and ‘ukulele chords projected onto the large screen at the front of the room (similar to Sing-Along with Mitch Miller). ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along. Students are encouraged to wear aloha attire as we tour our island state without leaving home. After class, for those who pre-ordered lunch it is a nice time to eat and visit together.

Outside of class, students can listen to and play along with my song arrangements. My husband and I have produced over 100 audio recordings on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass and made them accessible on my website’s Fan Club for free. The songs are listed alphabetically within 4 categories – Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs. Each song shows the title, key, number of chords, strum, and the length of the audio recording. Some of the songs presented in my new Island Stories & Songs series are also taught to my ‘ukulele students in different classes.

January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


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.