Review Maui Ukulele Guild 2019

Maui Ukulele Guild

2019 Band Show

We pulled it off – no one could tell that I had been sick for a week with bronchitis and severe asthma with my singing voice just coming back that day. When my husband and I practiced music the day before, we made adjustments to the music such as changing songs to a lower key. Canceling our two shows was not an option as there were too many people dependent on me to make it on Saturday – the shows must go on!

New this year, we performed twice rather than once on stage at the 12th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Queen Kaahumanu Center. Entertainment coordinator Hinano Kaumeheiwa asked us (The Hawaiian Serenaders) to fill in for Kalama Intermediate School group who couldn’t make it. There was a one group break in between, and then we were on stage again leading the Maui Ukulele Pops Band for our regular scheduled set.

The Maui Ukulele Pops Band is comprised of students from my Advanced Ukulele class at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Most students have been with me since I started teaching at Kaunoa in January 2009. This year’s Band members who performed were: Andrea, Beverly, Charles, Eileen, Janet, Linda, Maricruz, and Sandy who sat in one row on stage.

“Thank you so much for your music.” “You folks always sound good playing a variety of songs.”You are always respectful of the time and other performers (not going over your time slot).

I enjoyed seeing the audience swaying in waltz time to “Moon River,” smiling to our version of “Proud Mary,” and dancing to “Rock Around the Clock.”

My husband and I kept it spiffy and simple attire wise by wearing our formal Hawaiian white with red silk leis for The Hawaiian Serenader set, and then just changing lei to gold garland for the Band set. No other ukulele group looks or sounds as professional as we do as we play a variety of ukulele strumming styles to different genres of music.

The Hawaiian Serenaders 30-minute set from 12 – 12:30 p.m. included:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Night and Day – Bossa Nova Strum.
  3. Autumn Leaves – I Wanna Rest/Boss Nova Strums.
  4. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with banjo ukulele and u-bass solo.
  5. Waikiki – Swing Strum with hula by Beverly.
  6. Quando, Quando, Quando – Bossa Nova Strum.
  7. All of Me – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with u-bass solo.
  8. Arrivederci Roma – Bossa Nova Strum.
  9. There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Beautiful Sunday – Tom Tom Strum.
Maui Ukulele Guild

2019 Helping Out

The Maui Ukulele Pops Band 30-minute set from 1:20 – 1:50 p.m. included:

  1. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with banjo ukulele.
  2. Lahaina – Latin Strum.
  3. Aloha Kauai – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula by Janet.
  4. Sunny – Bossa Nova Strum.
  5. Moon River – 2 Waltz Strums.
  6. Proud Mary – Tom Tom Strum.
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin Strum with hula by Beverly.
  8. Maile Lei for Your Hair – Bossa Nova Strum.
  9. Rock Around the Clock – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.

Another first this year was when the leader of the group performing after the Band asked Rich to stay on stage and help out playing his u-bass. “Sure, do you want to use our chairs? Our music stand?” Beverly Romias, a band member, also went back on stage to dance hula to help out. The group from Oahu with youth hula dancers did their set and then quickly left for the airport to return to Oahu where the leader was receiving an award at the 150th anniversary event of the YMCA.

Next year the 13th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2020. This will be the first year that Queen Kaahumanu Center will also be coordinating the entertainment lineup instead of the Maui Ukulele Guild.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Grandparents Day Concert

The Hawaiian Serenaders

Grandparents Day 2019

The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong presented a concert for Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Sun Deck of Kula Hospital. The Serenaders sang and played ‘ukulele and u-bass to a mix of Hawaiian, pop and jazz songs including a few hula songs as requested from a nurse who danced hula during the program. There were about 40 patients and their families who attended out concert.

“Hallelujah,” exclaimed a patient as we approached the sun deck with all of our equipment to setup for the concert. There were about 10 people already waiting when we arrived 50-minutes before show time. A nurse told us another patient was going to stay in her room until she heard we were coming and said, “Let’s go.”

We played a mix of songs from our recent Pop & Jazz Concert including:

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah Variation Strum.
  2. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  3. Moon River – 2 Waltz Strums.
  4. Dixieland Jazz. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Proud Mary – Tom Tom Strum.
  6. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. Quando, Quando, Quando – Tony Renis & Alberto Testa, 1962.
  8. Ulupalakua – Olapa Strum with hula by Nurse Joan.
  9. Mahina O Hoku – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula by Nurse Joan.
  10. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Only You – Buck Ram, 1955.
  11. Last Song: When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  12. Hana Hou: Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Rock ‘n’ Roll Sing-Along 2019

Sing-Along Rock ‘n’ Roll

“Thank you for a great session today.  It was so nice to see all the happy faces, singing and tapping of the feet, and even dancing!!” commented Kaunoa’s Leisure Program Director Cecilia Suzuki.

Thirty-seven people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs from the early rock ‘n’ roll era. We had the largest turnout ever!

New this time we were in a smaller room than the usual multi-purpose room and thus the singing voices sounded loud. We also had a new crowd mostly in wheelchairs from Hale Makua residential care facilities who really sang their hearts out.

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. Rock Around The Clock – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Under the Palm Tree – Latin Strum.
  3. In The Still Of The Night – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  4. Peggy Sue – Tom Tom Strum.
  5. All I Have To Do Is Dream – Morse Code Strums.
  6. Proud Mary – Tom Tom Strum.
  7. Silhouette – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Blue Suede Shoes – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  9. My Girl – Latin Strum.
  10. Be My Baby – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – International Songs is Thursday, October 25.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Pop & Jazz Ukulele Concert

The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong showcased the versatility of Hawai’i’s official instrument in presenting a Pop & Jazz ‘Ukulele concert on Thursday, August 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong showcased the versatility of Hawai’i’s official instrument in presenting a Pop & Jazz ‘Ukulele concert on Thursday, August 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui. The Serenaders sang and played ‘ukulele and u-bass to a mix of songs from the swing era of the 30s-40s, Broadway, 60s rock ‘n’ roll, country, and jazz, including 3 songs on the banjo-uke popular in the 1920s.

“It was awesome! I was amazed at some of those chord changes you had in several songs! I really liked the banjo ‘ukulele. I thought your brief explanations of the different ‘ukulele were helpful to the audience.” — Written comments from Lee Ann Shigezawa.

There was a full house of sixty-eight people who signed up for the concert including a bus load from Hana (2 ½ hours away) celebrating Aunty Louisa Pu’s 83rd birthday with family and friends on this side of the island. Toward the end of the concert we acknowledged Aunty Louisa and led everyone in singing Happy Birthday in English and Hawaiian. Twenty-four songs were performed with the concert lasting 1 ½ hours.

The repertoire by song title, names of composers and year:

  1. There’s No Business Like Show Business – Irving Berlin, 1946.
  2. Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway/I Got Rhythm – George Cohan, 1904 & George Gershwin, 1930.
  3. I Could Have Danced All Night – Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Lowe, 1956.
  4. As Time Goes By – Herman Hupfeld, 1931.
  5. Banjo Uke. Bill Bailey – Hughie Cannon, 1902.
  6. Flying – Patrick Downs, 1970s.
  7. Fly Me To the Moon – Bart Howard, 1954.
  8. Twilight Time – Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, & Artie Dunn, 1944.
  9. Blues In The Night – Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen, 1941.
  10. Moon River – Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini, 1961.
  11. Night and Day – Cole Porter, 1932.
  12. All Of Me – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons, 1931.
  13. Haleakalā – recorded by Dennis Pavao, 2004.
  14. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Proud Mary – John Fogerty, 1968.
  15. Autumn Leaves – Johnny Mercer & Joseph Kosma, 1945.
  16. Quando, Quando, Quando – Tony Renis & Alberto Testa, 1962.
  17. The Nearness Of You – Ned Washington & Hoagy Carmichael, 1937.
  18. Banjo Uke. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Gus Kahn & Walter Donaldson, 1925; Joe Young, Sam Lewis & Ray Henderson, 1925, Benny Davis & Harry Akst, 1926.
  19. Could I Have This Dance – Wayland Holyfield & Bob House, 1980.
  20. Girl From Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1962.
  21. Only You – Buck Ram, 1955.
  22. Banjo Uke. When You’re Smiling – Larry Shay, Mark Fisher,& Joe Goodwin, 1928.
  23. Happy Birthday in English and Hawaiian.
  24. Hawai’i Aloha – Rev. Lorenzo Lyons & James McGranahan, 1800s.

The concert was a great way to celebrate my 10th anniversary of teaching music classes at Kaunoa Senior Center. What started out as a 6-month experiment in January 2009, has continued to grow into wonderful experiences as I contribute to the pursuit of adult lifelong learning. We are fortunate to be co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program to be able to share our educational programs in our community.

Enjoy the video of Bill Bailey at https://youtu.be/9gjdkEUfKsU

Enjoy the video of Proud Mary at https://youtu.be/XlIkLNBvfR8

Enjoy the video of All of Me at https://youtu.be/IiK83g50r48

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Island Sing-Along Songs 2019

A woman got up and danced hula to “Hanalei Moon” during our monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong class on Island Songs on August 15 to celebrate Hawaii’s Statehood Day.

‘Ukulele students who came early to class got to play along with my husband and me as we practiced songs from memory to perform later that afternoon at a Kamehameha Alumni event where 100 people were expected to attend. In the old Hawaiian way, one person jumped up and danced hula as we sang “Hanalei Moon.” What a treat!

Twenty-three people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs to celebrate Statehood Day aka Admissions Day when Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

Read more about Statehood Day >>

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. Hawaii Ponoi – Waltz Variation Strum.
  2. King Kamehameha – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. What Aloha Means – 2 Waltz Strums.
  4. Oahu – On the Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Blue Hawaii – I Wanna Rest Strum/4And Strum.
  6. Kauai – Hele On To Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Kauai – Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz Strums.
  9. Big Island – Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  10. There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs is Thursday, September 5.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Patriotic Sing-Along Songs

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Patriotic Songs was the theme for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series in July.

“I thought Aloha ‘Oe was the song to sing to end a program,” commented a person who grew up in Hawai’i and lives on the mainland part-time. She was surprised that the traditional song is Hawai’i Aloha.

Sixteen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 10 songs (including a medley of 2 songs) to celebrate America’s birthday on the 4th of July.

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 10 songs during the 60-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  1. Yankee Doodle – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. America The Beautiful – Pick in 4 Strum.
  3. Medley: Yankee Doodle Boy/You’re A Grand Old Flag – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. My Country ‘Tis of Thee – Waltz Variation Strum.
  5. Camptown Races – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. God Bless America – Pick in 4 Strum.
  7. This Is My Country – Tom Tom/Latin Strums.
  8. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. This Land is Your Land – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs is Thursday, August 15.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

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.

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.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs is Thursday, July 25.

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.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time  Songs is Thursday, June 6.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Serenaders Perform for Celebration of Life

“Your music was so beautiful,” said a lady as she grabbed my hands to thank me after our participation in the Celebration of Life for my former boss Donald W. Reeser on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Piiholo Ranch in upcountry Maui.

Don Reeser was the Superintendent of Haleakalā National Park and hired me as his assistant in 2000. He is the reason my husband and I came home from Maryland after living and working for 27 years on the mainland.

It was nice to see familiar faces from the conservation community whom I knew long ago among the 150 people who attended the outdoors event. The day was cool with occasional blessings from heaven (light rain). Four speakers paid tribute to Don from the Rotary Club of Maui, National Park Service, the Friends of Haleakalā National Park, and Ka ‘Ohana ‘O Kalaupapa. The empty saddle tribute by the owner of Piiholo Ranch was also poignant. The running slide show that could be played with or without music was great, too. Don’s son Bryan spoke on behalf of the family with members who came from California, Oregon, Palau, and Maui.

I kept one of the numerous announcements in our local newspaper that read “Mahalo to everyone who filled his remarkable life with purpose, friendship, love and laughter.”

My husband and I played music for Don’s wife’s Celebration of Life in 2007 per his request and offered to play music for his. After the program, I hugged his daughter Cheryl and said, “Welcome to the club – as a daughter to daughter with both parents passed away – it’s not a club you want to join, but just is.”

Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums for background music were:

  1. Days of My Youth – Latin
  2. My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest (requested)
  3. Waikiki – I Wanna Rest Variation
  4. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa (requested)
  5. The Beauty of Mauna Kea – Bossa Nova (requested)
  6. Ka Makani Ka ‘Ili Aloha – Pick in 4
  7. Aloha Means – 2 Waltz

Our requested songs with unique ‘ukulele strums during the program were:

  1. Haleakalā – Pick in 4
  2. I’ll Remember You – Latin
  3. Hawai’i Aloha – Morse Code (all sing to close program)

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.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele