Review Small Kid Time Songs June

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs was Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

“You hit it out of the park,” commented a happy singer.

Thirteen people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 11 songs from childhood to kick off the summer season of family car, bus, and camping trips. Three songs were particularly nostalgic in looking back to days when we were younger (Days of My Youth, Ku’u Home O Kahaluu, and Que Sera Sera).

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about June 11 being Kamehameha Day, the official state holiday first declared in 1871 to honor the man who unified the Hawaiian kingdom in 1810. Since 1932, the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau has been using King Kamehameha’s image for road signs to signify sites of cultural, historic, or scenic value. Learn more about the story behind Kamehameha Day here.

We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  1. Froggie Went A Courtin’ – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. The More We Get Together – 2 Waltz Strums.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Days of My Youth – Latin Strum.
  5. You Are My Sunshine – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. Que Sera, Sera – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – 4And/Tom Tom Strums.
  8. Ku’u Home o Kahaluu – Latin Strum.
  9. Oh Susannah – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Clementine – 2 Waltz Strums.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

‘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. Clementine
  2. Hawaii Aloha
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
  4. The More We Get Together
  5. See all Single Song Purchases

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Days of My Youth and Kuu Home o Kahaluu,
  2. From the Pop Songs Category – Que Sera Sera and You Are My Sunshine.
  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 next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs is Thursday, July 25.

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

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Small Kid Time Songs in June

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Sing-Along with Mele Fong – Small Kid Time Songs is Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.

Small Kid Time songs is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on June 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will kick off the start of summer by singing nostalgic songs from childhood that we may have sung during summer road trips long ago. These songs include She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain, and more.

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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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Big Island Stories and Songs

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Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class held on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“You put a lot of work into the program. The pictures were great.”

Fourteen people signed up for the new Big Island Stories and Songs class on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The class was the second in the new Island Stories and Songs Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. Last year we visited the Big Island and thus it was fun to tell first hand stories of places we visited along with learning about new places.

Part 1: A virtual tour of Big Island places of cultural, historical, or scenic interest for adults. We started in Hilo in the east and went south around the tip to overnight in Kona in the west. The next day we continued north to overnight in Waikoloa and then along the Hamakua coast back to Hilo. The last leg of the journey was on Saddle Road from Hilo to Waimea. It took about 1-hour to complete the virtual tour.

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

  1. Hilo March – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Beauty of Mauna Kea – Bossa Nova Strum.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW UKULELE PLAYERS CAN LEARN THOSE 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. 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 and 49 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 – Beauty of Mauna Kea and My Little Grass Shack.
  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 – Heritage Sites of Honolulu on Wednesday, July 31.

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

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Big Island Stories and Songs May 29

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Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Maui.

Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of my class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The Big Island, also called Hawaii Island or the Big Island of Hawaii, is the youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. This class is the second of the new Island Stories and Songs Series 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.

Students will visit several places of interest on the Big Island while learning the cultural symbols, geography, Hawaiian historical places, scenic overlooks, and more. Plus we will sing and play ‘ukulele to five songs about the Big Island 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.

SIGN UP NOW by calling Kaunoa at 808-270-7308.

Not on Maui? Learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way– subscribe to online lessons or download single song lessons – from your home!

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Flower and Lei Songs May 2019

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Flower and Lei Songs was the theme for May’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong on Maui.

“I signed up for your class before I left California to come to Maui,” commented a new program participant.

Twenty people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang Hawaiian and hapa haole songs to honor the tradition of May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i.

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about the origins of May Day in Hawaii that was invented in 1927 to celebrate the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei. The first lei day was held on May 1, 1928 in Honolulu and everyone was encouraged to wear lei. Learn more about the origins of May Day in Hawaii here.

We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. We also continued the routine of telling the story behind each song and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.

We sang 11 songs during the 70-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  1. May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Sweet Leilani – I Wanna Rest Strum..
  3. For You a Lei – Bossa Nova/Latin Strums.
  4. Ka Pua E – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  5. Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums.
  6. Pretty Red Hibiscus – I Wanna Rest/4And Strums.
  7. Maile Lei For Your Hair – Bossa Nova Strum
  8. My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Song of Old Hawaii – Swing Strum.
  10. Pua Ahihi – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

‘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. Pua Lilia
  3. See all Single Song Purchases

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – For You a Lei, Ka Pua E, Maile Lei For Your Hair, May Day is Lei Day, My Yellow Ginger Lei, Pretty Red Hibiscus, Song of Old Hawaii and Sweet Leilani.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – Pua Ahihi.
  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 next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time  Songs is Thursday, June 6.

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

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Flower and Lei Songs May 23

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Flower and lei songs to celebrate May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on May 23 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Flower and Lei songs to celebrate May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on May 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 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 from wherever you live:

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Hula Sing-Along Songs April 2019

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Twenty-two people signed up for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hula Songs on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

Twenty-two people signed up for my new monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hula Songs on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang Hawaiian and hapa haole songs about or for hula dancing spanning the 1880s to 1990s.

During the “Hawaiian history moment of the month,” I talked about the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a week-long event held every April during the week after Easter in Hilo, HI. The festival honors King David Kalākaua who was called the Merrie Monarch for his support of the arts, especially music and dance. Many hula halau (schools) come from all over the world to participate in the exhibitions and competitions in solo, traditional (kahiko), and modern (auwana) hula. The festival is known as the world’s superbowl of hula.

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. Note Rich’s t-shirt showing an images of 13/8 and 6/4 time signatures with slogan “These are Difficult Times” – get it?

We sang 10 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. Keep Your Eyes on the Hands – I Wanna Rest Strum and 4And Strum.
  2. E Huli Makou – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  3. Little Brown Gal – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  4. Sophisticated Hula – Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum.
  5. Hapa Haole Hula Girl – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  6. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin Strums.
  7. Haole Hula – I Wanna Rest Strum. (replaced Papalina Lahilahi)
  8. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  9. Lovely Hula Hands – I Wanna Rest and 4And Strum.
  10. 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. Little Brown Gal
  3. See all Single Song Purchases

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Haole Hula, Hapa Haole Hula Girl, Hukilau Song, Keep Your Eyes on the Hands, Lovely Hula Hands, and Sophisticated Hula.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – E Huli Makou and Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai.
  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 next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs is Thursday, May 23.

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

Keep up-to-date – receive Mele’s monthly e-newsletter UKE News You Can Use. SIGN-UP TODAY!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Hula Songs for April 2019

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Hula songs to celebrate the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo, Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

Hula songs to celebrate the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo, Hawaii is the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

Learn more about the Merrie Monarch Festival April 21-27 by clicking here.

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 from wherever you live:

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Announcing Hawaiian Songs for Ukulele in April

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Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele class begins Monday, April 8 at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui. Students can purchase the Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 packaged song set of Book/DVD/CD in class or download single song lessons to learn the curriculum from wherever you live.

HAWAIIAN SONGS FOR ‘UKULELE class begins Monday, April 8 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Class meets 4 consecutive Mondays from 9 – 11 a.m. and ends on April 29. Ukulele players who play C, F, and G7 chords confidently will have more fun. Students will learn to play 6 songs with 5-9 chords and 8 unique strums taught by no one else. Students can review the video lessons, play along with the audio recordings, and follow along with the song sheets outside of class and then ask questions in class. Students can purchase the Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 packaged song set of Book/DVD/CD in class or download single song lessons to learn the curriculum from wherever you live. BONUS – video stories behind the songs are available with downloadable lesson files only.

Here are the songs we will be learning (click on song title to hear a sample)

  1. Aloha ‘Oe: 5-chords with Morse Code Strum.
  2. Hula O Makee; 7-chords with ‘Olapa Strum.
  3. Kuuipo I Ka He’e Pu’e One; 7-chords with Pick in 4 Strum.
  4. Makalapua; 9-chords with I Wanna Rest Strum.
  5. On The Beach At Waikiki; 7-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  6. Sanoe; 5-chords with Waltz Strum: Thumb Strum Up/Pick in 6 Strum.

Purchase single song lessons and get four downloadable files for every song:

  1. Two-page song sheets with chords and lyrics (no musical notes to read).
  2. Video lesson for how to play the song.
  3. Video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.
  4. Full audio recording for you to join in singing and playing along with professional musicians The Hawaiian Serenaders.

There are a total of 55 single song lessons to choose from for different playing abilities and musical interests. See the summary of songs.

Online lessons for 30 days at-a-time are also available.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

 

Review March’s Ukulele Strumming 101 Class

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Eight students (2 missing from photo) took Ukulele Mele On Maui’s Ukulele Strumming 101 class in March at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

Eight students signed up for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 101 class scheduled for 3 Mondays from March 4 – 25 (not March 18) at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Classes were held 2-hours each Monday and used my Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 packaged set of Book/DVD/CD with 6 songs with 8 ‘ukulele strumming styles for the curriculum. Students were introduced to my unique method for forming ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else.

Click on the song title to hear a sample of each song we learned:

  1. Camptown Races; 3-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow; 3-chords with Chalang-alang Strum.
  3. Medley: Daisy Bell/Sidewalks of New York; 6-chords with Pick in 6 Strum and Waltz Strum: Chicken Pluck Pluck.
  4. Sloop John B; 3-chords with Latin Strum.
  5. The More We Get Together; 2-chords with 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Thumb Pluck.
  6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home; 4-chords with I Wanna Rest Strum.

You can learn the same songs from wherever you live! Purchase single song lessons and get four downloadable files for every song:

  1. Two-page song sheets with chords and lyrics (no musical notes to read).
  2. Video lesson for how to play the song.
  3. Video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions.
  4. Full audio recording for you to join in singing and playing along with professional musicians The Hawaiian Serenaders.

There are a total of 55 single song lessons to choose from for different playing abilities and musical interests. Learn more here.

Beginning ‘ukulele players can also learn from me via online lessons.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele