Sing Hula Songs for April 2019

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Hula songs to celebrate the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo, Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Hula songs to celebrate the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo, Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

Learn more about the Merrie Monarch Festival April 21-27 by clicking here.

My sing-along program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my ‘ukulele while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele-bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why are people returning? “It’s fun!” is what participants have told me.

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele from wherever you live:

Keep up-to-date – receive Mele’s monthly e-newsletter UKE News You Can Use. SIGN-UP TODAY!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Serenader Show April 13

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a show with hula dancers at Makawao Library in April 2019.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – presented a Nostalgic Hawaiian Music show with hula dancers on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Makawao Public Library in upcountry Maui. The husband-wife duo played ‘ukulele and u-bass and sang a variety of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs reminiscent of old Hawai’i. This musical program was part of the library’s 50th anniversary celebration and the second time in two years the Serenaders have been invited to perform at the library.

The program included songs about Hawaiian cowboys in keeping with the Makawao Library’s upcountry lifestyle, four songs with two hula dancers (Kaleo and Nalani), and two songs with chant and melodies in the same arrangement. “I liked the variety,” commented the audience.

The song list with unique ‘ukulele strums were:

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Paniolo Country – Hum Ding-Ah
  3. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula dancers
  4. Kula Morning – Latin
  5. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4 and I Wanna Rest (chant and modern)
  6. Medley: Maui Boy / Maui Girl – Hum Ding-Ah
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin with hula dancers
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz / Pua Lilia – Waltz Strums: Chicken Pluck/Thumb Strum Up
  9. Uwehi Ami and Slide – Jazzy I Wanna Rest with instrumental
  10. Wahine Ilikea – Bossa variation with hula dancers
  11. Lahaina – Latin (pop example)
  12. Medley: Sea Breeze / Puamana – I Wanna Rest with hula dancers
  13. Medley: Tiny Bubbles / Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah (60’s example sing-along)
  14. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula dancers
  15. Flying – Bossa Nova (jazzy 70s example)
  16. Sophisticated Hula – Boom Shaka I Wanna with hula dancers (40s example)
  17. Hawaiian War Chant – I Wanna Rest / Latin (chant and modern)
  18. There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah

The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised. Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples, view photos, and read reviews.

You can also learn to play the ‘ukulele the unique Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live!

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Announcing Hawaiian Songs for Ukulele in April

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Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele class begins Monday, April 8 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui. Students can purchase the Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 packaged song set of Book/DVD/CD in class or download single song lessons to learn the curriculum from wherever you live.

HAWAIIAN SONGS FOR ‘UKULELE class begins Monday, April 8 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Class meets 4 consecutive Mondays from 9 – 11 a.m. and ends on April 29. Ukulele players who play C, F, and G7 chords confidently will have more fun. Students will learn to play 6 songs with 5-9 chords and 8 unique strums taught by no one else. Students can review the video lessons, play along with the audio recordings, and follow along with the song sheets outside of class and then ask questions in class. Students can purchase the Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 packaged song set of Book/DVD/CD in class or download single song lessons to learn the curriculum from wherever you live. BONUS – video stories behind the songs are available with downloadable lesson files only.

Here are the songs we will be learning (click on song title to hear a sample)

  1. Aloha ‘Oe: 5-chords with Morse Code Strum.
  2. Hula O Makee; 7-chords with ‘Olapa Strum.
  3. Kuuipo I Ka He’e Pu’e One; 7-chords with Pick in 4 Strum.
  4. Makalapua; 9-chords with I Wanna Rest Strum.
  5. On The Beach At Waikiki; 7-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  6. Sanoe; 5-chords with Waltz Strum: Thumb Strum Up/Pick in 6 Strum.

Purchase single song lessons and get four downloadable files for every song:

  1. Two-page song sheets with chords and lyrics (no musical notes to read).
  2. Video lesson for how to play the song.
  3. Video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.
  4. Full audio recording for you to join in singing and playing along with professional musicians The Hawaiian Serenaders.

There are a total of 55 single song lessons to choose from for different playing abilities and musical interests. See the summary of songs.

Online lessons for 30 days at-a-time are also available.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

 

Review March’s Ukulele Strumming 101 Class

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Eight students (2 missing from photo) took Ukulele Mele On Maui’s Ukulele Strumming 101 class in March at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

Eight students signed up for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 101 class scheduled for 3 Mondays from March 4 – 25 (not March 18) at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Classes were held 2-hours each Monday and used my Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 packaged set of Book/DVD/CD with 6 songs with 8 ‘ukulele strumming styles for the curriculum. Students were introduced to my unique method for forming ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else.

Click on the song title to hear a sample of each song we learned:

  1. Camptown Races; 3-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow; 3-chords with Chalang-alang Strum.
  3. Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York; 6-chords with Pick in 6 Strum and Waltz Strum: Chicken Pluck Pluck.
  4. Sloop John B; 3-chords with Latin Strum.
  5. The More We Get Together; 2-chords with 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Thumb Pluck.
  6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home; 4-chords with I Wanna Rest Strum.

You can learn the same songs from wherever you live! Purchase single song lessons and get four downloadable files for every song:

  1. Two-page song sheets with chords and lyrics (no musical notes to read).
  2. Video lesson for how to play the song.
  3. Video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.
  4. Full audio recording for you to join in singing and playing along with professional musicians The Hawaiian Serenaders.

There are a total of 55 single song lessons to choose from for different playing abilities and musical interests. Learn more here.

Beginning ‘ukulele players can also learn from me via online lessons.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

 

Hawaiian Serenaders Show April 13

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The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present Nostalgic Hawaiian Music on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Makawao Public Library in upcountry Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present Nostalgic Hawaiian Music on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Makawao Public Library in upcountry Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs reminiscent of old Hawai’i. This musical program is part of Makawao library’s 50th anniversary celebration and the second time in two years the Serenaders have been invited to perform at the library.

The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples, view photos, and read reviews.

Mele Fong also teaches ‘ukulele lessons, Hawaiian history, and sing-along classes at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Learn more about senior classes here.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Broadway Sing-Along Songs

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We led the playing of 12 ukulele arrangements with vocals to Broadway Show Tunes during March’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong monthly series on Maui.

“Here is a puakenikeni flower lei I made for you,” greeted student Dolly Ching before the program. After we sang the song My Blue Heaven, a woman originally from Japan commented “we sing My Blue Heaven in Japanese.”

Thirty-three people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Broadway Show Tunes on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang songs that were popular from vaudeville days to the 1960s.

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about the birthdays of two Hawaiian alii (royalty) that are celebrated in March. Queen Ka’ahumanu, the favorite wife of King Kamehameha, was born on March 17, 1768, and celebrated with a public program by the Ahahui Ka’ahumanu at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on March 15. Prince Jonah Kuhio, Hawaii’s longest serving territorial representative to congress, was born on March 26, 1871, and celebrated with a state holiday. Learn more about these two Hawaiian leaders.

We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang 12 happy songs during the 75-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  1. Give My Regards to Broadway – Bossa Nova Strum.
  2. DO-RE-MI – Latin Strum.
  3. Getting to Know You – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  4. Oh What a Beautiful Morning – 2 Waltz Strums.
  5. I Whistle a Happy Tune – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. Summertime – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  7. I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin Strum.
  8. Sound of Music – Pick in 4 Strum.
  9. Singing In The Rain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. My Blue Heaven – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  11. Moon River – 2 Waltz Strums.
  12. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

‘UKULELE PLAYERS CAN LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for only the song you select.

  1. Hawaii Aloha
  2. See all Single Song Purchases

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Pop Songs Category – DO-RE-MI, Getting to Know You, Give My Regards to Broadway, I Could Have Danced All Night, I Whistle a Happy Tune, My Blue Heaven, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Singing in the Rain, and Sound of Music.
  2. See all categories of songs with over 100+ audio recordings that you can sing and play along with professional entertainers on voice, ‘ukulele, and ‘ukulele-bass.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hula Songs is Thursday, April 18.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Broadway Show Tunes For Ukulele in March

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Broadway Show Tunes is the theme for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong on Thursday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

Broadway Show Tunes is the theme for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong on Thursday, March 14 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

My sing-along program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my ‘ukulele while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele-bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why are people returning? “It’s fun!” is what participants have told me.

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live!

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Strumming 101 February Class Review

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‘Ukulele Strumming 101 class used the Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 packaged set of Book/DVD/CD with 6 songs and 8 unique ‘ukulele strumming styles taught by no one else. The songs are also available by single song download and online lessons.

Thirteen students signed up for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 101 class scheduled for 3 Mondays from February 4 – 25 (not February 18) at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Classes were held 2-hours each Monday and used my Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 packaged set of Book/DVD/CD with 6 songs with 8 ‘ukulele strumming styles for the curriculum. Students were introduced to my unique method for forming ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else.

Click on the song title to hear a sample of each song we learned:

  1. America the Beautiful; 4-chords with Pick in 4 Strum.
  2. Clementine; 2-chords with Waltz: Thumb Pluck Strum and Pick in 6 Strum.
  3. Down In the Valley; 2-chords with Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck.
  4. Jamaica Farewell; 3-chords with Latin Strum.
  5. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain; 3-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; 3-chords with I Wanna Rest Strum.

You can learn the same songs from wherever you live! Purchase single song lessons and get four downloadable files for every song:

  1. Two-page song sheets with chords and lyrics (no musical notes to read).
  2. Video lesson for how to play the song.
  3. Video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.
  4. Full audio recording for you to join in singing and playing along with professional musicians The Hawaiian Serenaders.

There are a total of 55 single song lessons to choose from for different playing abilities and musical interests. Learn more here.

Beginning ‘ukulele players can also learn from me via online lessons.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Paniolo Songs Sing-Along

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Thirty-seven people signed up for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Paniolo Songs on Thursday, February 21, at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

“I want one of your ‘ukulele books,” commented a first timer visiting from California by way of Italy after the program. “I remember seeing you perform at the Shops At Wailea the last time we were in town,” commented another first timer who was referring to our Ukulele Mixed Plate group lessons and entertainment show in 2015. “We’ll have to plan to be here long enough to take your ‘ukulele classes next year,” commented Bob and Carol from New York.

Thirty-seven people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Paniolo Songs on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang Hawaiian cowboy, country and western songs.

During February’s “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about the statue of Ikua Purdy roping a steer that was erected on the Big Island of Hawai’i in February 2003 to honor the Native Hawaiian who stunned the American west by winning the World Roping Championship in Wyoming in 1908.

We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. Our wireless headsets and wireless instrument inputs made it possible to move around without being attached to cables to the amplifier. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We repeated 8 songs from last year and added 3 new songs during the 75-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums taught by no one else:

  1. Paniolo Country – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Ulupalakua – ‘Olapa Strum.
  3. NEW I’m An Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums.
  5. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. NEW Home on the Range – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. Ring of Fire – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. King of the Road – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. NEW Red River Valley – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Take Me Home Country Roads – Latin Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

‘UKULELE PLAYERS CAN LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for only the song you select.

  1. Hawaii Aloha
  2. See all Single Song Purchases

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Paniolo Country.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Ulupalakua.
  3. From the Pop Songs Category – Could I Have This Dance, Hey Good Lookin’, Home On The Range, King of the Road, Ring of Fire, and Take Me Home Country Roads.
  4. See all categories of songs with over 100+ audio recordings that you can sing and play along with professional entertainers on voice, ‘ukulele, and ‘ukulele-bass.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Broadway Show Tunes is Thursday, March 14.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Paniolo Songs February 21

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The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong is Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – noon with the theme of Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy), country, and western songs at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong is Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – noon with the theme of Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy), country, and western songs at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

My sing-along program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my ‘ukulele while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele-bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why are people returning? “It’s fun!” is what participants have told me.

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live!

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele