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

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

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

Review Oahu Stories and Songs

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Oahu Stories and Songs was the title of an Ukulele Mele On Maui class on Wednesday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

“We went to places I’ve never seen before,” commented a returning participant after the program. “The first time I saw Hawaii was as a sailor on a Navy ship entering Pearl Harbor, and when I saw the mountains I knew I wanted to live here someday,” commented another participant.

Fourteen people signed up for the first of my new Oahu Island Stories and Songs class on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The class was the first of my new Island Stories and Songs Series this year scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. I chose Oahu to kickoff the series because that it is the island where I grew up. It was fun to add personal stories to places I have been to over the years. My idea worked – the audience clapped and expressed their appreciation for my new class.

Part 1: A virtual tour of 22 places of cultural, historical, or scenic interest that are easily accessible for adults as we travel clockwise from Honolulu and go around the island:

Iolani Palace, Kamehameha’s Statue, Lili’uokalani’s Statue, Washington Place, Kamaka Ukulele Store, Foster Gardens, Mt. Tantalus, Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Pearl Harbor for the Arizona Memorial and U.S.S. Missouri, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Plantation Village, Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, North Shore – Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Byodo-In Temple, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Queen Emma Summer Palace, Hanauma Bay State Park, Waikiki and Kapiolani Park including the Shell and Honolulu Zoo, and Honolulu City Lights (Christmas display in December).

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

  1. On The Beach At Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. O Beautiful Ilima – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah Strums.
  4. Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  5. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

‘UKULELE PLAYERS – LEARN THE ABOVE 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. Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again
  3. On The Beach At Waikiki
  4. 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, Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again, On The Beach at Waikiki, and 47 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 – Hukilau Song.
  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 – Big Island of Hawai’i on Wednesday, May 26.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Maui Sing-Along Songs Review

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Sixteen people signed up for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Maui Nui Songs on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

“You made my month,” commented a returning participant after the program.

Sixteen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Maui Nui Songs on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang Hawaiian and hapa haole songs about our home island of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai which comprise “Maui Nui” aka Maui County for the first program for the New Year.

During January’s “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about the greeting Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to say Happy New Year. In ancient Hawaii, the Makahiki Season was a celebration of abundance of land and sea and the accomplishments of the Hawaiian People. It was the time for healing, new growth, a time of peace and spiritual cleansing of the Hawaiian mind, sound and heart, in celebration of life. The season lasted approximately four months between November and February.

New this month, we sang the first song without my husband Rich’s accompaniment on u-bass as he was having technical difficulties plugging into the Center’s PA system (the person who usually sets up the system was unavailable). What a difference when Rich joined us on the second song by playing the lower bass notes to fill in the higher pitched ukulele to create a fuller sound!

New this month, I lowered my expectations and approach to teaching people how to sing songs in the Hawaiian language. I did not ask everyone to repeat after me for each line in the Hawaiian language – I pronounced the Hawaiian words once, explained the meaning, and asked people to do what they could – because this is music appreciation not Hawaiian language class. I believe it’s good for people to hear songs in the Hawaiian language and to know what the songs are about because we live in Hawaii, but they do not need to become proficient in singing Hawaiian lyrics in order to appreciate the songs and the stories being told through music. After the program when I asked participants for feedback, they appreciated this change.

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 sang nine of the ten planned songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Medley: Sea Breeze/Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Lahaina – Latin Strum.
  4. Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz Strums.
  5. Medley: Maui/Molokai/Lani songs – Hum Ding-Ah/I Wanna Rest Strums.
  6. Hasegawa General Store – I Wanna Rest/4 And Strums.
  7. Kula Morning – Latin Strum.
  8. Lahainaluna – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Singing Bamboo – Latin Strum (omitted for lack of time).
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW 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. Maui (part of medley)
  3. See all Single Song Purchases

LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Hasegawa General Store, Maui Girl, Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl, and Singing Bamboo.
  2. From the Pop Songs Category – Lahaina.
  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.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) songs on Thursday, February 21.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Christmas Party Review

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Thirty-seven people signed up for the 6th annual Ukulele Mele Christmas party that included a sing-along of 14 Christmas songs at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

“You have more people signed up than there is room to fit everyone comfortably.” What a problem to have!

Thirty seven people signed up for the 6th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We were in room 101-102 with limited capacity instead of the usual multi-purpose room that is much larger. The party is open to anyone regardless if they are my current students or not. One student (Gail) found a friend (Maricruz) whom she had not seen for 30 years! It’s a small world when making music brings people together.

This year we omitted the ornament exchange game and the “guess how many pieces in the candy jar” game – and both activities weren’t missed.

The three-part program consisted of Highlights of 2018 (PowerPoint presentation), sing-along of 14 Christmas songs (PowerPoint presentation), and catered buffet lunch. We added the song Silent Night at the last moment so that one of my students could practice dancing hula which she would also perform at our Hawaiian Style Christmas show at Kaahumanu Church the following day. Here are the songs with name of my unique ‘ukulele strum that we sang and played at the party:

  1. Jingle Bells with a verse in Hawaiian – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  2. Silver Bells – 2 Waltz Strums
  3. Feliz Navidad – Latin Strum
  4. Silent Night with a verse in Hawaiian – Pick in 6 Strum (hula by Bev)
  5. Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  6. Hawaiian Santa – I Wanna Rest Strum and 4And Strum
  7. Holly Jolly Christmas – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  8. The Christmas Song – Pick in 4 Strum
  9. Winta Wandaland – Hum Ding-Ah Strum and X Marks the Spot Strum
  10. Christmas Island – Swing Strum and 4And Strum
  11. White Christmas – I Wanna Rest and Latin Strums (hula by Bev)
  12. Aloha Kalikimaka – 2 Waltz Strums
  13. Christmas Luau – Play ‘Ukulele Yes I Can Strum and 4And Strum
  14. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum

Do you live away from Maui and want to learn Christmas songs? ‘Ukulele players can purchase downloadable Single Song Lessons to learn to play some of the songs we did. Each lesson includes the song sheet with unique strum, video lesson on how to play it, audio recording to play along, and video story behind the song.

  1. Jingle Bells – $10
  2. Silent Night – $10
  3. Mele Kalikimaka – Free

View our classes photo galleries and visit our Senior Classes webpage.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Christmas Concert Review

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented Hawaiian Style Christmas with hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa on Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented Hawaiian Style Christmas at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20 at Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku, Maui. This was our second performance this year at the Picnic for Poki Hawaiian music concert series. The morning before the show, the organizer informed me the show was moved inside the church instead of outside due to inclement weather. It was magical to be singing “Silent Night” as the rain gently fell outdoors as we were cozy and dry indoors.

Hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa (where I teach classes for adults 55 and better) joined us once again and performed six hulas (see song list below). New this time was the addition of a male dancer, Michael Rhodes, who performed half of the songs with the ladies. I first saw Michael dance O Holy Night as part of his yoga class he teaches at Kaunoa that I attended for the first time the Friday before our Christmas show – and I was so touched that we added the song into the set at the last minute. “Had a good time,” said one of the female dancers after the show.

Our show lasted 45-minutes including the song Kupa Landing that we did from memory as an encore. New this time, two videographers from Paradise TV (Visitor Channel) came to shoot footage for their upcoming segment on Wailuku to include Kaahumanu Church. The film makers said they may not stay for our entire concert, but they did. We shall see if any footage shows up on TV. After the show, it was so rewarding to hear positive comments from the audience.

Here is our song list of 16 songs (some with hula) with name of my ‘ukulele strum:

  1. Jingle Bells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with chorus in Hawaiian
  2. Silver Bells – 2 Waltz Strums
  3. Feliz Navidad – Latin Strum
  4. Silent Night – Pick in 6 Strum with verse in Hawaiian and hula
  5. Mele Kalikimaka Ia Oe – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  6. Hawaiian Santa – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula
  7. Holly Jolly Christmas – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  8. The Christmas Song – Pick in 4 Strum
  9. Winta Wandaland (local version of Winter Wonderland) – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  10. O Holy Night – Pick in 6/Triplet Strums with hula
  11. Christmas Island – Swing Strum
  12. White Christmas – I Wanna Rest/Latin Strums with hula
  13. Aloha Kalikimaka – 2 Waltz Strums
  14. Christmas Luau – Play Ukulele Strum with hula
  15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 2 Waltz Strums
  16. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with hula

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to learn more about the professional entertainment side of Ukulele Mele On Maui.

‘Ukulele players can download some of the Christmas songs and learn how to play them via single song purchases.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Maui Ukulele Pops Band Show November 10

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Maui Ukulele Pops Band performed on November 10 at the 11th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, Maui. No other group played our variety of popular songs with different strums.

My husband and I led the performance of eight Maui Ukulele Pops Band members on stage this year at the 11th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. No other group played our variety of popular songs (Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Hispanic, rock and roll, hapa haole) with different ukulele strums. We played the same set as last year which meant no stress as the songs were familiar (we only had one rehearsal before show time). We also wore the same gold garland leis as last year which added a sparkle to our Band formal white or pink attire. After our performance it was rewarding to see people waiting to talk to me to express their appreciation for our music. “Tourists like hearing songs they are familiar with,” commented MC Kathy Collins.

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.

Here is the Maui Ukulele Pops Band’s 30-minute set with the name of the strum:

  1. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  2. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova Strum
  3. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin Strum, plus hula by Beverly
  4. Proud Mary – Tom Tom Strum
  5. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum, 2 keys
  6. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums: Chicken Pluck/Thumb Strum Up
  7. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  8. Lahaina – Latin Strum
  9. Be My Baby – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum
  10. Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout – Latin Strum

New this year, I decided not to have a Ukulele Mele On Maui display booth and the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio did not perform a set. This meant we showed up in time to perform just one show from 1:20 -1:50 p.m. and left afterwards instead of staying for the entire event from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to talk to people and perform again. No other ukulele teacher performs twice. This year was also the first time Queen Ka’ahumanu Center coordinated the event with Maui Ukulele Guild and marketed the event in the newspaper.

We are committed to performing again as the Maui Ukulele Pops Band next year in the same time slot on the second Saturday of November.

You can hear my husband and I perform as our professional duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, at our Hawaiian style Christmas concert coming up Thursday, December 20 in Wailuku. It’s free and our gift of music to the community.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Hawaiian Party Songs

“You brought tears to my eyes – tears of joy – as I recalled songs I used to sing with my parents,” commented a new participant after the program. Three new people from Kaunoa’s Assisted Transportation program joined our monthly program. A returning participant gave us fragrant puakenikeni leis that she sewed.

Thirty people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hawaiian Party Songs on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. This was the largest turnout we had so far during the year.

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about Princess Ka’iulani’s birthday on October 16, 1875. She was second in line to the throne of the Hawaiian kingdom, but never became queen. Ka’iulani broke the stereotype of Hawaiians being “savage” as she as a beautiful hapa-haole woman (part Scottish and part Hawaiian) who wore elegant Paris gowns and spoke English eloquently as she gave public speeches denouncing the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893 and pleaded to no avail with U.S. President Grove Cleveland to restore the monarchy.

The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great! Our wireless headsets and wireless instrument inputs made it possible to move around without being attached to cables to the amplifier. We continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang all ten planned songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Manuela Boy – Latin Strum.
  3. The Pidgin English Hula – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  4. Tiny Bubbles – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Princess Poopooly – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  6. U.S.E.D. – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Red Sails in the Sunset – Latin Strum.
  8. Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  9. Ukulele Lady – Swing Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

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

LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private webcam lessons or private lessons on Maui to get the song sheets and lesson on how to play it.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Manuela Boy, Pearly Shells, Princess Poopooly, The Pidgin English Hula, Tiny Bubbles, and U.S.E.D.
  2. From the Pop Songs Category – Red Sails in the Sunset.
  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.

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. Koni Au I Ka Wai
  3. Ukulele Lady
  4. See all Single Song Purchases

SUBSCRIBE TO ONLINE LESSONS. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for 16 songs with unique strumming styles for beginners to intermediate ukulele players. Select the One Month Trial or the Recurring Monthly Package.

  1. Advanced Online Lessons aka Complete Monthly Online Lessons – Hawaii Aloha, Koni Au I Ka Wai, Ukulele Lady and 47 other songs.

PURCHASE A PACKAGED SONG SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD. Get the song sheets, video lesson, and audio recording for 6 songs with 8 unique strumming styles for beginners to advanced ukulele players.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 2 – Hawaii Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. Hapa Haole Songs, Vol. 1 – Ukulele Lady plus 5 other songs for advanced ‘ukulele players.
  3. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – (Early) American Classics on Thursday, November 8.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Ukulele Show in South Maui

www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com

The Hawaiian Serenaders presented Story of the Ukulele and Concert on September 18 at Kihei Library on Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18 at Kihei Public Library in south Maui. This was our second performance at Kihei Library in two consecutive years as sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. There were thirty-two people who attended. We like performing at Kihei Library with the air conditioning, easy parking, and regular programming on Tuesday nights. “Everyone gave you thumbs up,” commented the librarian after the show. View photos.

The Hawaiian Serenaders is the stage name for our husband-wife duo as we entertain on ukulele, ukulele-bass, and vocals. We customized our concert to meet the educational requirement of our sponsor by talking about the ukulele and playing different musical genres. We gave the history of the ukulele, displayed our collection of soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings, and demonstrated the different sounds while strumming a “C” chord on a high “G” versus low “G” string tuned instrument. My husband gave a special demo on his ukulele-bass and played instrumental solos on it. We also played a few songs on my dad’s banjo-uke, a hybrid of the ukulele and banjo that first became popular in the 1920s.

New this time we used our own wireless headsets and wireless instrument inputs so we were free to move around without being attached to cables to the amplifier which made it easier to be heard when I moved to the instrument display table. I was also pleased to answer questions about the evolution of Hawaiian music and the history of hapa haole music. One couple visiting from the mainland came to the show because of friends who told them about it when they met the week before at an outdoor fair – it’s fun to have groupies.

Here is our song list of 11 songs and why they were chosen:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage; Hawaiian example)
  2. Sophisticated Hula – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum (hapa haole example)
  3. When the Saints Go Marching In – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (banjo uke example)
  4. Lahaina – Latin Strum (about Maui and pop example with sing-along on chorus)
  5. Moon River – 2 Waltz Strums (movie example)
  6. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (country music example)
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin Strum (Hawaiian example)
  8. Be My Baby – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum (60s example)
  9. Autumn Leaves – I Wanna Rest/Bossa Nova Strums (jazz example)
  10. When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (banjo uke example)
  11. What Aloha Means – 2 Waltz Strums (return to roots with hapa haole example)

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele