Review Father’s Day Concert 2019

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Father’s Day Concert at Kula Hospital on Maui. A nurse danced 4 hula.

“You are a good looking couple.” “Thank you for coming.” We heard nice comments and saw many smiles on the faces of the 50 plus patients and their families who came to our Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 16 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

This was our second Father’s Day Concert in two years and continues to be a rewarding way to make people happy as we honor our fathers who have passed away. We enjoyed trying out new Big Band jazz songs that we plan to perform at our upcoming “Pop and Jazz ‘Ukulele Concert” in August at Kaunoa Senior Center. New this time the nurse asked to do all four planned hulas at once instead of spreading out the songs throughout our set.

Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums geared for an older audience were:

  1. Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/There Is A Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Sentimental Journey – 4 And
  3. Quando, Quando, Quando – Bossa Nova
  4. Moon River – 2 Waltz
  5. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  6. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  7. All of Me – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  8. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  9. Autumn Leaves – I Wanna Rest/Bossa Nova
  10. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  11. As Time Goes By – I Wanna Rest/4And
  12. Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Bossa Nova
  13. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah with hula
  14. I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin
  15. Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway/I Got Rhythm – Bossa Nova/Hum Ding-Ah
  16. E Huli Mākou – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  17. Hana Hou – Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They 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

Father’s Day Ukulele Concert on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, perform a Father’s Day Concert at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present a Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop and jazz songs that are familiar to older adults. This is the second year that the Serenaders are returning to entertain hospital patients and their families with a free Father’s Day concert.

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 and have played music professionally together since they married in 1994.

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

‘Ukulele players can learn Mele’s unique method of forming ‘ukulele chord shapes and strumming styles from wherever you live! Visit the Learn with Mele webpage today!

On Maui, adults 55 and older can take Mele’s classes for ‘ukulele, Hawaiian history, and sing-along at Kaunoa Senior Center. Visit the Kaunoa Senior Center webpage to learn more.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Small Kid Time Songs June

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs was Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

“You hit it out of the park,” commented a happy singer.

Thirteen people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs from childhood to kick off the summer season of family car, bus, and camping trips. Three songs were particularly nostalgic in looking back to days when we were younger (Days of My Youth, Ku’u Home O Kahaluu, and Que Sera Sera).

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about June 11 being Kamehameha Day, the official state holiday first declared in 1871 to honor the man who unified the Hawaiian kingdom in 1810. Since 1932, the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau has been using King Kamehameha’s image for road signs to signify sites of cultural, historic, or scenic value. Learn more about the story behind Kamehameha Day here.

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 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  1. Froggie Went A Courtin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Days of My Youth – Latin Strum.
  5. You Are My Sunshine – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And/Tom Tom Strums.
  8. Ku’u Home o Kahaluu – Latin Strum.
  9. Oh Susannah – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Clementine – 2 Waltz Strums.
  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. Clementine
  2. Hawaii Aloha
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
  4. The More We Get Together
  5. See all Single Song Purchases

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

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Days of My Youth and Kuu Home o Kahaluu,
  2. From the Pop Songs Category – Que Sera Sera and You Are My Sunshine.
  3. 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 – Patriotic Songs is Thursday, July 25.

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

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Small Kid Time Songs in June

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs is Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

Small Kid Time songs is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on June 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will kick off the start of summer by singing nostalgic songs from childhood that we may have sung during summer road trips long ago. These songs include She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain, and more.

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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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Big Island Stories and Songs

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Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class held on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“You put a lot of work into the program. The pictures were great.”

Fourteen people signed up for the new Big Island Stories and Songs class on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The class was the second in the new Island Stories and Songs Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. Last year we visited the Big Island and thus it was fun to tell first hand stories of places we visited along with learning about new places.

Part 1: A virtual tour of Big Island places of cultural, historical, or scenic interest for adults. We started in Hilo in the east and went south around the tip to overnight in Kona in the west. The next day we continued north to overnight in Waikoloa and then along the Hamakua coast back to Hilo. The last leg of the journey was on Saddle Road from Hilo to Waimea. It took about 1-hour to complete the virtual tour.

Part 2: Audience sing and play along to my song arrangements with unique ‘ukulele strums to four songs about the Big Island (including the traditional song to end all public events):

  1. Hilo March – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Beauty of Mauna Kea – Bossa Nova Strum.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW UKULELE PLAYERS CAN LEARN THOSE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Buy the bundle and get four downloadable files: song sheets with chords and lyrics (no musical notes to read), video lesson on how to play the song, audio recording by professional musicians, and video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions whether the song is Hawaiian or not.

  1. Hawaii Aloha
  2. See all Single Song Purchases

SUBSCRIBE TO ONLINE LESSONS. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song with unique strumming styles for 30 days at-a-time. Select the One Month Trial or the Recurring Monthly Package.

  1. Advanced Online Lessons aka Complete Monthly Online Lessons – Hawaii Aloha and 49 other songs.
  2. See all levels available for beginners to advanced players.

LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Beauty of Mauna Kea and My Little Grass Shack.
  2. See all categories of songs with over 100+ audio recordings by professional entertainers on voice, ukulele, and ukulele-bass.

Stay tuned for the next Island Stories and Songs Series – Heritage Sites of Honolulu on Wednesday, July 31.

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

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Big Island Stories and Songs May 29

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Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Maui.

Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of my class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The Big Island, also called Hawaii Island or the Big Island of Hawaii, is the youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. This class is the second of the new Island Stories and Songs Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. I thought it a good idea to offer a virtual tour of the four major Hawaiian Islands, especially for those who don’t travel that much anymore.

Students will visit several places of interest on the Big Island while learning the cultural symbols, geography, Hawaiian historical places, scenic overlooks, and more. Plus we will sing and play ‘ukulele to five songs about the Big Island and learn the stories behind the songs in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions. Lunch is optional and a good time to sit around and talk story with like minded people who enjoy learning about the Hawaiian Islands, singing, and playing the ukulele.

SIGN UP NOW by calling Kaunoa at 808-270-7308.

Not on Maui? Learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way– subscribe to online lessons or download single song lessons – from your home!

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Flower and Lei Songs May 2019

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Flower and Lei Songs was the theme for May’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong on Maui.

“I signed up for your class before I left California to come to Maui,” commented a new program participant.

Twenty people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang Hawaiian and hapa haole songs to honor the tradition of May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i.

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about the origins of May Day in Hawaii that was invented in 1927 to celebrate the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. The first lei day was held on May 1, 1928 in Honolulu and everyone was encouraged to wear lei. Learn more about the origins of May Day in Hawaii here.

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 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  1. May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Sweet Leilani – I Wanna Rest Strum..
  3. For You a Lei – Bossa Nova/Latin Strums.
  4. Ka Pua E – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  5. Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums.
  6. Pretty Red Hibiscus – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  7. Maile Lei For Your Hair – Bossa Nova Strum
  8. My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Song of Old Hawaii – Swing Strum.
  10. Pua Ahihi – I Wanna Rest 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. Pua Lilia
  3. See all Single Song Purchases

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

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – For You a Lei, Ka Pua E, Maile Lei For Your Hair, May Day is Lei Day, My Yellow Ginger Lei, Pretty Red Hibiscus, Song of Old Hawaii and Sweet Leilani.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Pua Ahihi.
  3. 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 – Small Kid Time  Songs is Thursday, June 6.

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

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Flower and Lei Songs May 23

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Flower and lei songs to celebrate May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on May 23 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Flower and Lei songs to celebrate May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on May 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 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 from wherever you live:

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Mother’s Day Concert 2019

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Mother’s Day Concert on May 12 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

“We thoroughly enjoyed it.” “You have a lovely voice.” We heard nice comments and saw many smiles on the faces of the 50 plus patients and their families who came to our Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 12 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

This was our second Mother’s Day Concert since our first time last year and continues to be a rewarding way to make people happy as we honor our mothers who have passed away. It was nice to see familiar faces such as Terry Lind who was visiting his mom Daisy and a surprise to see patient Mary Estrella from my childhood days in Hana who called out to me as we were getting on the elevator in the hospital. Once again, one of the nurses danced four hula as indicated below. This time, many people arrived early as were setting up our sound system. Thus, we started singing from memory for a half-hour before the formal program began with a mix of sing-alongs, Broadway, jazz, Hawaiian, and hapa haole songs geared for the older audience. We lucked out weather wise as the day was beautiful when we gave our concert outside and only started to rain after we were all done and packed up ready to go.

Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums were:

  1. Medley: Yes, Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Sentimental Journey – 4 And
  3. Fly Me To The Moon – Latin with u-bass solo
  4. Moon River – 2 Waltz
  5. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  6. M-O-T-H-E-R – Pick in 4
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  8. Kula Morning – Latin
  9. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  10. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  11. DO-RE-MI – Latin
  12. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah
  13. Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Bossa Nova
  14. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah with hula
  15. E Huli Mākou – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  16. I Whistle a Happy Tune – Hum Ding-Ah
  17. I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin
  18. What Aloha Means – 2 Waltz
  19. Hana Hou – Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They 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

Mother’s Day Ukulele Concert on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present a Mother’s Day Concert on May 12 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs that are familiar to older adults.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present a Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop and jazz songs that are familiar to older adults. This is the second consecutive year that the Serenaders are returning to entertain hospital patients and their families with a free Mother’s Day concert.

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 and have played music professionally together since they married in 1994.

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

‘Ukulele players can learn Mele’s unique method of forming ‘ukulele chord shapes and strumming styles from wherever you live! Visit the Learn with Mele webpage today!

On Maui, adults 55 and older can take Mele’s classes for ‘ukulele, Hawaiian history, and sing-alongs at Kaunoa Senior Center. Visit the Kaunoa Senior Center webpage to learn more.

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

 

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele