Ahahui Christmas Party 2019

Ahahui KaahumanuAhahui Ka’ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku, Maui held our Annual Christmas Party at Kahili Restaurant’s Nahele Ballroom on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with music by the 3-member band Nevah Too Late. One of members, Anela, is the Food and Beverage Manager of the Kahili Restaurant and King Kamehameha Club properties in Waikapu and was able to get us a great local menu for the buffet. Anela also shuttled guests in a golf cart from the upper parking lot to the lower level restaurant which made it much easier than walking and carrying all our stuff.

New this year, my husband Rich went to party. It had been years ago since Rich went with me when the party was at Asian Star Restaurant in Wailuku and we took our instruments and played music. This year, one of my ukulele students, Beverly, asked if we could play and sing “Silent Night” for her to dance hula during a short Ahahui program when the Band was on break. We made arrangements ahead of time with Derek Bal, leader of the band, to bring a small mixer to plug in our ukulele and u-bass into their Bose PA system open channel and to use their wireless microphones on stands to sing. Shortly after we arrived at the party, Mililani, the party planner, asked us to also play “Puamana” for Ululani, another hula dancer. We performed both songs by memory without music. Fun!

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The theme for the party was oldies – which is why there is a car with the plates “Rock and Roll” that we stood behind for pictures with Santa.  During the party we played Christmas games and Mele danced to the music. When professional singer Hulu Lindsey was called to the stage to sing with the Band, I loaned her my ukulele so she would feel more comfortable. “I like your ‘ukulele,” commented Hulu afterwards.

Here are “Recollections” that Carol Lee Kamekona, President of our chapter wrote in the printed program:

  • We welcomed six new members into the ‘Ahahui.
  • We lost our eldest member Auntie Bessie DeMello.
  • We awarded three Scholarships this year.
  • We were asked to participate in the Queen’s Women play at Hale Ho’ike’ike in Wailuku.
  • We held a food drive for the furloughed Federal workers – Helping Hands, Loving Hearts.
  • We participated in the 200th Anniversary Celebration of the passing of Kamehameha Ekahi in Kona.
  • We participated in the Kamehameha Day Parade in Lahaina.

On a personal note, I participated in 10 Ahahui activities for the year which surpassed the 8 minimum activities to be considered a member in good standing:

  • I attended 7 monthly membership meetings held at St. Anthony’s school.
  • I attended Alii Sunday honoring Queen Ka’ahumanu at Queen Ka’ahumanu Church on March 17.
  • I marched in the Kamehameha Day March honoring King Kamehameha in Kahului on June 11.
  • I rode in a convertible in the Kamehameha Day Parade honoring King Kamehameha in Lahaina on June 15.

Ever since being initiated into the Ahahui Ka’ahumanu sponsored by Chapter President Liz Morales on Saturday, September 11, 2004, it has been a good experience to be with a sisterhood of Native Hawaiian women to perpetuate the legacy of Queen Ka’ahumanu.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

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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.