April 10 Sunday Serenade Review


The Hawaiian Serenaders performed April 10

It was so touching when an older man let go of his walker and held out his hand to his wife, and then they waltzed in front of the stage as we sang “Could I Have This Dance.” This happened during our second Sunday performing as The Hawaiian Serenaders duo at the new Maui Made Sundays event at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. In fact, there was a free spirited lady in a long blue dress that did her own interpretive dance to “Under the Boardwalk” and “Maui Waltz” as her husband filmed her with his video camera. It was also nice to see friends and ‘ukulele students come to watch us perform.

We were also fortunate that the hula group that performed before us gave us 3 extra plumeria leis which each of my hula dancers wore, plus loose flowers. During one song “There’s No Place Like Hawaii”, Janet walked among the audience and handed out fragrant plumeria blossoms – such a nice touch!

We played the following mix of music:

First Set – (5 Hawaiian including 3 with hula, 1 hapa haole, 1 Filipino, 1 Japanese, and 4 pop songs).

  1. Koni Au (Hawaiian)
  2.  Yellow Bird (hapa)
  3. Proud Mary (pop)
  4. Aloha Kauai – hula by Janet (Hawaiian)
  5. Lahaina (pop)
  6. Dahil Sa Iyo (Filipino)
  7. Hey Good Lookin’ (pop)
  8. Ulupalakua – hula by Janet and Linda and Barbara (Hawaiian)
  9. Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree (pop)
  10. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia (hapa/ Hawaiian)
  11. Sukiyaki (Japanese)
  12. Puamana – hula by Janet and Linda (Hawaiian)

Second Set – (4 Hawaiian including 2 with hula, 6 hapa haole including 1 with hula, and 3 pop songs)

  1. Kupa Landing (Hawaiian)
  2. Beyond the Reef (hapa)
  3. Fly Me To the Moon (pop)
  4. Hanalei Moon – hula by Janet and Linda and Barbara (hapa)
  5. Wahine Ilikea (Hawaiian)
  6. There’s No Place Like Hawaii (hapa)
  7. Girl From Ipanema (pop)
  8. E Huli – hula by Janet and Linda, and Barbara (Hawaiian)
  9. In a Little Hula Heaven (hapa)
  10. Could I Have This Dance (pop)
  11. Hawaii Calls (hapa)
  12. Henehene – hula by Janet and Linda (Hawaiian)
  13. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells (hapa) – invite audience sing-along

We ended up cutting 4 songs from our first planned set and 3 songs from our second planned set so that we kept close to two 45-minute sets with a 15-minute break. As we were leaving the Center at 1:15 p.m., we noticed the next group that was supposed to start at 1 p.m. was still setting up 25-minutes later even though they had started to move stuff on stage while we were still performing.

“Do you have a CD for sale?” asked one lady as we were leaving. Another lady from California said she signed up for one of my free ‘ukulele workshops this coming Saturday, April 16, at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. “See you then!”

Come to our next “Sunday Serenade” on April 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as part of Maui Made Sundays at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

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.