April Workshop Along the Beach

Steel Guitar Festival Ukulele Workshops

Play Along with Ukulele Workshops at 6th Annual Steel Guitar Festival in Kaanapali Beach in April 2014

About 30 people came to each of my one-hour morning and afternoon Play Along with Ukulele Mele Workshops on Saturday, April 12 during the 6th Annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Some people had so much fun that they even came to the second workshop in the afternoon.

Go to my website for more workshop photos, photos of The Hawaiian Serenaders show on Sunday, along with reviews. Photos of the event can be seen at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival page.

It was a good thing that we took four of our own ukulele for people to use, as the hotel only had 15 to loan out to hotel guests, and many people needed an instrument. It was a little windy holding the workshops outside under the “Chapel Hut.” At times, gusts of wind would blow over the velcro board with chord shapes displayed that we had mounted on an easel. The festival photographer took photos, and a person took video while we played.

I saw many smiles as I taught different ukulele strums as we sang and played popular songs. What fun we had! One person commented how it was the first time someone showed her how to hold the instrument, and what a difference it made. Another person said that he goes to a lot of workshops, and I really know how to teach. The workshops grew in popularity since last year, which was the first year we were involved with the Steel Guitar Festival under Alan Akaka’s leadership. The festival gets better every year, and we’re so lucky to be part of it.

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.