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

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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

Review Ukulele Show in Lahaina

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Richard Tom and Mele Fong – the husband and wife duo The Hawaiian Serenaders – presented Story of the Ukulele and Concert at Lahaina Library on September 15. Luana from Brazil inquired about taking ukulele lessons.

“I work on cruise ships and I want to learn to play the ‘ukulele” commented Luana from Brazil after our performance on Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library.

My husband and I performed as the duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, on ‘ukulele, u-bass, and vocals as we presented Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert. We 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.

This was our fourth show in two years at Lahaina Public Library. It was a good thing that we arrived in Lahaina one hour before show-time because the main street was closed for a runner’s event which meant we ended up parking and walking a couple blocks to the library. When we got to the library, we noticed across the street there were tents and amplified music being played as part of the Festivals of Aloha. The branch librarian said she wasn’t told about the street closure or competing event across the street – but the show must go on!

One man came to our show because he read about it in the Maui Weekly and two women just happened to walk by the library and came in. There were other people using the library who heard us play. New this time I added my own PR efforts to the library’s and I was pleasantly surprised when The Maui News published a photo with caption that I submitted in the Sunday newspaper.

During our presentation, we talked about the history of the ‘ukulele, Hawaii’s official instrument, and displayed our personal collection of the 4 different sizes of instruments including the soprano, concert, tenor, and u-bass, with 4, 6, and 8 strings. One man asked many interesting questions about the evolution of Hawaiian music and I referred him to the reference book I use – Hawaiian music and Musicians by George Kanahele and edited by John Berger. We performed songs of different musical genres to show the versatility of the ukulele and were pleased when the audience enthusiastically clapped after each song.

Total: 11 songs including 2 with Hawaiian language lyrics

  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 from 1940s)
  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)

Our next free show sponsored by the University of Hawaii Cultural Extension Program will be Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Library.

For more information about our professional ukulele entertainment services:

.Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Ukulele Pop Songs

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Twenty three people signed up for the Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Pop Songs program on September 6 on Maui.

“You are the highlight of my month,” commented a participant after the program.

Twenty three people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Pop Songs of the 50s & 60s on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about Queen Lili’uokalani’s birthday on September 2, 1838. She was the last queen of the Hawaiian kingdom and died on November 11, 1917 at age 79. During her lifetime she composed Aloha ‘Oe which became her most famous composition. In 1999, Hui Hanai published “The Queen’s Songbook” as a compilation of her songs.

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! New this time we plugged in our wireless instrument inputs into the Center’s PA system so that I could play my ‘ukulele without being connected to cables. Plus, my husband plugged in our wireless headset so he could be heard as he sang-along in harmony. 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 65-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. All I Have To Do is Dream – Morse Code Strum.
  2. My Girl – Latin Strum.
  3. Be My Baby – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum.
  4. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Morse Code Variation Strum.
  5. Today – Waltz Strum and Pick in 6 Strum.
  6. If I Had a Hammer – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Silhouette – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Under the Palm Tree – Latin Strum.
  9. Lion Sleeps Tonight – I Wanna Rest 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 Pop Songs Category – all but Under the Palm Tree and Hawaii Aloha.
  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.

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

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hawaiian Party Songs on Thursday, October 25.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders

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Mele Fong presented Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders on August 29 on Maui. Five Hawaiian royalty and their legacies for health, education, and welfare were presented plus 5 related songs.

“My friend really wanted to come to your program, but couldn’t get in,” commented one student. “I was on the waiting list and lucky to get in,” said another student. When I asked for feedback after the program, there was an enthusiastic response that I should continue the series next year. “Where else will be learn our Hawaiian history?” asked a student.

Fifteen people signed up for Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders, the third program in my new Hawaiian History and Song Series for 2018 on Wednesday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The program was two-fold: part lecture and part sing-along. In Part One we learned about 5 Hawaiian ali’i (royalty): (Queen Emma, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, King William Lunalilo, Queen Kapiolani, and Queen Lili’uokalani) and what they left behind that we benefit from today. In Part Two we sang 5 Hawaiian songs composed by or appropriate to remember the ali’i.

Here is the list of 5 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:

  1. Aloha ‘Oe – Morse Code Strum.
  2. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
  3. Hawaiian Lullaby – Pick in 4 / Latin Strums.
  4. King Kamehameha the Conqueror of the Islands – I Wanna Rest / 4And Strums.
  5. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4 / I Wanna Rest Strums.

HERE’S HOW TO 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 bundled for one low price.

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 to learn off-line.

  1. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 1 – Aloha ‘Oe plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  2. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs, Vol. 2 – Hawaii Aloha, plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.

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 – Hawaiian Lullaby and King Kamehameha.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Wahine Holo Lio.
  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 Hawaiian History and Song series continues on the 5th Wednesdays of the month. The next program is October 31 and is titled The Merrie Monarch.

Visit my webpage about oral historyclasses at Kaunoa and see photos from past Hawaiian history programs for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Songs of the Hawaiian Islands Review

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Ukulele teacher Mele Fong taught “Island Songs” for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on August 16.

“I changed my doctor’s appointment so I could come to class,” commented a participant after the program.

Twenty two people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about statehood. On August 21, 1959, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation welcoming Hawaii as the 50th state of the union and ordered a new American flag featuring 50 stars. The new flag became official on July 4, 1960. Since 1969, Hawaii has commemorated this anniversary with a state holiday on the third Friday in August which this year fell on August 17th. Read more by clicking here.

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! We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs, the story behind each song whether it was Hawaiian or not, and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang all ten planned Hawaiian and hapa haole songs during the 75-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  1. State anthem: Hawaii Ponoi – Waltz Variation Strum.
  2. King Kamehameha – I Wanna Rest/4 And Strums.
  3. Island Medley – Hum Ding-Ah/I Wanna Rest Strums.
  4. Big Island: Beauty of Mauna Kea – Latin Strum.
  5. Oahu: Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  6. Oahu: Beyond the Rainbow (Waipio) – Pick in 4/Bossa Nova Strums.
  7. Kauai: Hele On To Kauai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. Kauai: Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. What Aloha Means – 2 Waltz Strums.
  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 lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and lesson on how to play it.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Hanalei Moon, Island Medley, and King Kamehameha.
  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.

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. Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again
  3. 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, Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again, and 48 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. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Pop Hits of the 50s and 60s on Thursday, September 6.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Patriotic Songs Review

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Ukulele Mele led Patriotic Songs during the Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on July 19 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“During this time of not feeling good about the direction our country is going, it felt so good to sing uplifting songs – to be proud to be an American,” commented a participant after the program. “I haven’t sung these songs since elementary school,” commented another.

Seventeen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

One of the new participants was my husband’s high school homeroom teacher from Oahu who recently moved to Maui. I was also surprised to see one person arrive on crutches, and praised her after the program for not allowing the use of crutches to prevent her from returning to class. We took a fun photo after class with everyone waving their patriotic pens that I gave away (gifts made by Lynn L. that were leftover from our 4th of July party).

During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about the Bayonet Constitution of 1887 signed by King David Kalākaua by gunpoint on July 6, 1887 that assigned most of the king’s decision-making power to the cabinet. Read more by clicking here.

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! We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs, the story behind each song whether it was Hawaiian or not, and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang all ten planned songs including one traditional Hawaiian song. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:

  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 – Swing / Pick in 4 Strums.
  7. Home on the Range – 2 Waltz 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.

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 lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and lesson on how to play it.

  1. From the Pop Songs Category – God Bless America, Home on the Range, This Land is Your Land, Yankee Doodle, Yankee Doodle Boy, and You’re A Grand Old Flag.
  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.

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. America the Beautiful
  2. Camptown Races
  3. Hawaii Aloha
  4. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
  5. See all Single Song Purchases

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. Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 – America the Beautiful plus 5 other songs for beginning ‘ukulele players.
  2. Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 – Camptown Races, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, plus 4 other songs for beginning to intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  3. Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 2 – Hawaii Aloha plus 5 other songs for intermediate ‘ukulele players.
  4. See all packaged song sets

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hawaiian Island Songs on Thursday, August 16.

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

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Makawao Library Ukulele Show

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented Story of the Ukulele and Concert on July 14 at Makawao Library in upcountry Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 at Makawao Library in upcountry Maui. This was our first performance at the Makawao Library and the second library show for the year as sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. There were forty people including families with young children up to senior adults who attended. “You made my day – you’re an ukulele ambassador,” commented Jane Bush, an attendee who took photos and videos. The librarian was very happy and passed on comments by library patrons who wanted to know if there could be music every Saturday.

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.

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

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history of the uke; King Kalākaua patronage).
  2. Sea Breeze/Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum (uke began as rhythm accompaniment to singers and hula dancers – Aloha ‘Oe and On The Beach at Waikiki first songs that audiences heard outside Hawaii at Pan-Pacific International Exposition in 1915).
  3. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1st of 2 banjo uke examples).
  4. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with audience sing-along on chorus).
  5. Uwehi Ami and Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song).
  6. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1920’s sing-along).
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum (Hawaiian place name song with English translation spoken).
  8. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck (3/4 time and country music example).
  9. When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (2nd of 2 banjo uke examples).
  10. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change to blues genre and change to uke with high A for picking riff).
  11. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova Strum (features u-bass solo and change to jazz genre).

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

Picnic For Poki Ukulele Concert Review

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The Hawaiian Serenaders gave a ukulele concert with hula dancers for the monthly “Picnic for Poki” concert on Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS gave a ukulele concert with hula dancers for the monthly “Picnic for Poki” on Thursday, June 21 from 11 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. under the monkey pod tree on the grounds of Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku, Maui. This was our first performance and our honor as entertainers need to asked to perform. Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions were sponsors of the event. There were more than one hundred people who came to our concert and we even got a standing ovation! Afterwards, a young man came up asking for a photo (he was buying our CD), and a young woman asked for a photo (she watches my YouTube channel from California).

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 in keeping with the goal of “Picnic for Poki held every third Thursday of the month to continue bringing the spirit of aloha and Hawaiian music to the Maui community in honor of the late Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala. Braddah Poki was dedicated to sharing Hawaiian music and culture through various venues in Hawaii.” — Excerpt from Roselani Place June 2018 newsletter.

Nine hula dancers from Na Kupuna O Kaunoa joined us for 7 songs at the concert. We were pleased to see front page coverage of three photos with captions in our local newspaper, The Maui News, on Saturday, June 23. Some of the dancers also take ukulele lessons from me at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. In fact, I teach many of the songs we performed to my students at Kaunoa.

Here is our show list of 21 songs with my unique ukulele strum name (for different rhythms):

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. To You Sweetheart Aloha – I Wanna Rest
  3. Hula – E Huli – Olapa
  4. Lahainaluna – I Wanna Rest
  5. Lahaina – Latin
  6. Hula – Puamana – I Wanna Rest
  7. Kuu Morning Dew – Pick in 4/Latin
  8. Uwehi Ami and Slide – Instrumental/I Wanna Rest
  9. Hula Bev – Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz
  10. Island Medley – Hum Ding-Ah
  11. Hula Kaleo – Sophisticated Hula
  12. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4/I Wanna Rest
  13. Hula Bev – Hula O Makee – Olapa
  14. Days of My Youth – Latin
  15. Wahine Ilikea – Bossa Nova
  16. Hula – Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest
  17. Hula – Papalina Lahilahi – Olapa
  18. Flying – Bossa Nova
  19. O Ka Leo – Hum Ding-Ah
  20. Maile Lei – Bossa Nova
  21. Hana Hou – Somewhere in Hawaii – Latin

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