Oahu Songs and Stories on Wednesday

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Oahu Stories and Songs is 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.

Oahu Stories and Songs is the title of my class on Wednesday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. This is the first in the new series this year of Island Stories and Songs 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.

I chose to start the series with Oahu the island where I grew up. Students will visit twenty-two places of interest while learning the cultural symbols, geography, Hawaiian historical places, scenic overlooks, and more about Oahu. Plus we will sing and play ‘ukulele to five songs about Oahu 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.

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Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Christmas Concert December 20

 

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The Hawaiian Serenaders – the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present Hawaiian Style Christmas on December 20 at 11 a.m. as part of the Picnic for Poki Hawaiian music series concert series at Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku, Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – present Hawaiian Style Christmas on December 20 at 11 a.m. as part of the Picnic for Poki Hawaiian music concert series on the grounds of Ka’ahumanu Church in Wailuku. The duo sings and plays ‘ukulele and ‘ukulele-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz standards. The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and they have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa will be participating in the program.

The Hawaiian Serenaders are the professional entertainment arm of Ukulele Mele On Maui, an education and entertainment business since 2011 on Maui. Ukulele Mele, aka Mele Fong, has been teaching ‘ukulele classes since 2009 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better, and continues to offer online lessons and downloadable single song lessons for ‘ukulele players from her website.

Mele offers a unique method for forming ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles to fun, sing-along songs taught by no one else. You can apply this method to your favorite song so they sound better and you’ll have more fun.

Adults can learn about online lessons by monthly subscription for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ‘ukulele players at https://ukulelemeleonmaui.com/learnwithmele/learn-online/monthlylessons.

Adults can learn about downloadable single song lessons at https://ukulelemeleonmaui.com/shopping-cart/single-songs.

Adults can learn more about learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way at https://ukulelemeleonmaui.com/learnwithmele.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Show November 10

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Ukulele Mele On Maui students present a show on November 10 at 1:20 p.m. at Queen Kaahumanu Center on Maui.

My husband and I will accompany some of my advanced ‘ukulele students performing as the Maui Ukulele Pops Band at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at the 11th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, Maui. These students take classes from me at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We will play and sing a variety of popular songs including songs from different ethnic groups (Japanese, Filipino, Hispanic, Hawaiian) in Hawaii. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features performances from community and school ukulele groups along with displays of how the instruments are made by ukulele builders.

New this year, we will not be having a display booth and will not be at the event all day.

Come to our performance of fun songs with unique ukulele strums presented by no one else at 1:20 p.m. and talk story with us afterwards.

See photos from past performances at Queen Kaahumanu Center.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Story of the Ukulele and Concert September 15

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The Hawaiian Serenaders present Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on September 15 in Lahaina, Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will present Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, September 15 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites. Mele Fong teaches ‘ukulele lessons and will present the history, types, parts, and tuning of the ‘ukulele along with a display of the different instruments. This will be the fourth Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert at Lahaina Library since 2017.

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.

For more information about the event, visit the library webpage.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Pop Songs For Ukulele

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Ukulele teacher Mele Fong presents Pop Songs of the 50s and 60s as part of the Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on September 6 on Maui. Ukulele players invited.

Singers and/or ‘ukulele players will sing pop songs of the 50s and 60s as part of the Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, September 6 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

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

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

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

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

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

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Concert on Maui July 14

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will present Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 14 at Makawao Public Library on Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of songs.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will present Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 14 at Makawao Public Library on Maui. The husband-wife duo play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites. Mele Fong teaches ‘ukulele lessons and will present the history, types, parts, and tuning of the ‘ukulele along with a display of the different instruments. This will be the ninth offering since 2016 of Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert at public libraries and Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. It’s free!

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.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Hawaiian Serenaders Perform June 21 on Maui

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The Hawaiian Serenaders perform at the monthly Picnic for Poki on June 21 at 11 a.m. in Wailuku, Maui.

“Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to join our residents to a Picnic for Poki concert at 11:00 AM at the Historic Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku Town, 103 South High Street on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Our featured guest will be Mele Fong & Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders.

Richard Tom and Mele Fong perform professionally as the husband-wife duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders. They play ‘ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites with a specialty in nostalgic boat days music. 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.

Roselani Place, Maui’s premier assisted living community, will have fresh baked cookies, coffee, and water. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or mat and their lunch and most importantly, bring a friend.

Picnic for Poki is held every third Thursday on 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.

My husband and I are honored to be asked to perform for Picnic with Poki. We have invited hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa to join us on several songs during our one hour+ program of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Serenaders Father’s Day Concert in Kula

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The Hawaiian Serenaders present a special Father’s Day Concert on June 17 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui.

“You made my day. I’m coming early to your Father’s Day Concert so I can sit up front,” commented a Kula Hospital resident after our Mother’s Day Concert.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong on ukulele, u-bass, and vocals, present a special Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.  The program includes a variety of fun, upbeat songs familiar to the audience to increase their enjoyment of the music. For example, we will perform a few Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and hapa haole songs popular in Hawaii as well as songs from the 1920s to encourage people have fun singing-along to the nostalgic tunes.

The last time we performed at Kula Hospital was on Mother’s Day this year when we were received warmly by the patients, their families, and hospital staff. One of the nurses came up to us afterwards and requested that we sing a couple of songs she knows the hula to so she can dance to those songs at our Father’s Day concert. Read more about our Mother’s Day concert here.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing-Along with Mele Fong June 15

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs is Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Join in singing fun, sing-along songs we remember from childhood at my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series – Small Kid Time Songs on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Songs include a few specific to growing up in Hawaii such as “Days of My Youth” and “Kuu Home O Kahaluu” in addition to the usual “Oh Suzannah” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

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 are telling me.

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

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

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

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Serenaders Perform July 9 in Lahaina

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The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, present Story of the Ukulele and Concert on Saturday,  June 9 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The program includes the history of the instrument, display of different sizes of ukulele, and a variety of songs to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of the husband-wife duo of Rich Tom and Mele Fong, present Story of the Ukulele and Concert on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library on Maui. The program includes the history of the instrument, display of different sizes of ukulele, and a variety of songs to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility. We are honored to be sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program to be able to present our educational program to the public.

Our appreciation goes to the head librarian who asked us to return after performing at Lahaina Public Library twice last year.

  1. Read about the program we did for 50-5th graders on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by clicking here.
  2. Read about the program we did for the general public on Saturday, July 1, 2017 by clicking here.

For more information about the entertainment services of our duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele