Sing World Songs in October

Sing-Along with Mele FongInternational Songs is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will sing popular songs about countries around the world and learning the stories behind them. As a bonus, we will celebrate United Nations Day and World Singing Day that occur in October.

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 whether you consider yourself a singer or not.

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

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

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Mele Basics in 2020

Kaunoa classes

Ukulele Mele Basics in 2020

“UKULELE MELE BASICS” will be offered in 2020 just for beginners with little or no knowledge of playing the ‘ukulele at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Spreckelsville, Maui. Students will build foundation knowledge about the ‘ukulele and its history, types, parts, etc. and learn my method for forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and unique strumming styles taught by no one else. My goal is for students to gain confidence in playing fun 1-3 chord songs arranged the Ukulele Mele Way. BONUS – audio recordings to play along to the emailed song sheets and some video lessons will be available for free on my website.

4 Tuesdays, January 7 – 28
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3 Tuesdays, February 11 – 25
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

4 Tuesdays, March 3 – 31 (not March 17)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

4 Tuesdays, April 7 – 28
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

4 Tuesdays, May 5 – 26
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3 Tuesdays, June 2 – 16
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

CHECK THE CALENDAR for updates.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing-Along Series for 2020

Sing-Along classes at Kaunoa

Sing-Along with Mele Fong

The Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series is scheduled to continue into 2020 once a month on a Thursday from 10 a.m. – noon with lunch optional at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville, Maui. The class is open to all voices to come and have fun whether you consider yourself a singer or not. Students sing popular songs and learn the stories behind them led by professional musicians on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass. ‘Ukulele players are encouraged to play along what you can. The song’s lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected from a computer PowerPoint presentation onto the large screen at the front of the room (similar to Sing-Along with Mitch Miller). If there are songs in the Hawaiian language, we go over the pronunciation and translation before singing them.

Here is the schedule for a total of 12 classes with the monthly theme through the year:
January 16 – Hawaiian Party Songs to start the year.
February 20 – Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy and country western songs).
March 5 – Folk (new).
April 16 – Hula Songs to celebrate the Annual Merrie Monarch Festival.
May 7 – Flowers and Lei Songs to celebrate May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i.
June 4 – Small Kid Time Songs to celebrate the start of summer.
July 16 – Patriotic Songs to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
Aug 6 – Island Songs to celebrate Statehood Day (Hawaii’s Admissions Day as the 50th state).
Sept 17 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs.
October 29 – International Songs to celebrate United Nations Day and World Singing Day.
November 19 – Broadway Songs.

The 8th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party will be December 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. The program includes a sing-along of Christmas songs.

Check the website calendar for updates.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Advanced Ukulele Class for 2020

Kaunoa classesThe Advanced ‘Ukulele class is scheduled to continue into 2020 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 9 – 11 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville, Maui. We will continue to play a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs arranged with my unique ‘ukulele strumming styles. Students can listen to the audio recordings on my website and play along with the songs outside of class.

Here is the schedule for a total of 21 classes through the year:
January 8 and 22
February 12 and 26
March 11 and 25
April 8 and 22
May 13 and 27
June 10 (no class on June 24 during Kaunoa recess)
July 8 and 22
August 12 and 26
September 9 and 23
October 14 and 28
November 25 (no class on November 11 holiday)
December 9 (no class on December 23 during Kaunoa recess)

The 8th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party will be December 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. The program includes a sing-along of Christmas songs.

Check the website calendar for updates.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Ukulele Strumming 202 for 2020

Kaunoa classesThe ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class is scheduled to continue into 2020 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9 – 11 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville, Maui. We will continue to play a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, and pop songs arranged with my unique ‘ukulele strumming styles. Students can listen to the audio recordings on my website and play along with the songs outside of class.

Here is the schedule for a total of 18 classes through the year:
January 15 (no class on January 1 holiday)
February 19 (no class on February 5 as Mele’s unavailable)
March 4 (no class March 18 during Kaunoa recess)
April 1 and 15
May 6 and 20
June 3 and 17
July 15 (no class July 1 during Kaunoa recess)
August 5 and 19
September 2 and 16
October 21 (no class October 7 during Kaunoa recess)
November 4 and 18
December 2

The 8th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party will be December 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. The program includes a sing-along of Christmas songs.

Check the website calendar for updates.

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

Sing Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs in September

Rock and Roll Songs is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

Rock and Roll Songs is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will sing popular songs from the 50s and 60s as we rock around the clock and learn the stories behind the songs.

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 whether you consider yourself a singer or not.

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

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

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review 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

Sing Island Songs in August

Songs of the Hawaiian Islands are the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on August 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

Songs of the Hawaiian Islands are the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will celebrate Statehood aka Admissions Day when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959. We will sing a mix of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs.

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 whether you consider yourself a singer or not.

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

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

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele