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

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

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

2019 Island Stories and Songs Series

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Ukulele teacher Mele Fong announces the 2019 calendar for 4 classes for the NEW Island Stories & Songs Series at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

My 2019 schedule has been set for my NEW Island Stories & Songs series from 10 a.m. – noon on the 5th Wednesdays of the month at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Class dates and descriptions in my online calendar are kept current on my upcoming events webpage. There are a total of 4 classes with themes as follows:

January 30 – Oahu
May 29 – Big Island of Hawai’i
July 31 – Kauai
October 30 – Maui Nui

Students will take a virtual tour of the selected Hawaiian Islands and learn about cultural and other places of interest. Plus we will sing some island songs and learn the stories behind them while following the song’s lyrics and ‘ukulele chords projected onto the large screen at the front of the room (similar to Sing-Along with Mitch Miller). ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along. Students are encouraged to wear aloha attire as we tour our island state without leaving home. After class, for those who pre-ordered lunch it is a nice time to eat and visit together.

Outside of class, students can listen to and play along with my song arrangements. My husband and I have produced over 100 audio recordings on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass and made them accessible on my website’s Fan Club for free. The songs are listed alphabetically within 4 categories – Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs. Each song shows the title, key, number of chords, strum, and the length of the audio recording. Some of the songs presented in my new Island Stories & Songs series are also taught to my ‘ukulele students in different classes.

January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. Visit my webpage dedicated to senior classes for more information including links to past events and photo galleries. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

2019 Ukulele Classes

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Ukulele teacher Mele Fong announces the 2019 calendar of 37 open ukulele classes at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

My 2019 schedule has been set for my ‘ukulele classes open to new students at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Class dates and descriptions in my online calendar are kept current on my upcoming events webpage. There are a total of 37 classes as follows:

NEW! Ukulele Mele Basics – January 3 – 28 except the 21st (3 classes).
‘Ukulele Strumming 101 – February 4-25 except the 18th (3 classes).
‘Ukulele Strumming 101 – March 4-25 except the 18th (3 classes).
Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele – April 4-29 (4 classes).
Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele – May 6-20 (3 classes).
NEW! Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele – July 6-29 (4 classes).
NEW! Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele – August 5-26 (4 classes).
Hapa Haole Songs for ‘Ukulele – September 9-30 (4 classes).
‘Ukulele Strumming 101 – October 14-28 (3 classes).
‘Ukulele Strumming 101 – November 4-25 except the 11th (3 classes).
Christmas Songs for ‘Ukulele – December 2-16 (3 classes).

Class materials include downloadable single song purchases from my website OR packaged song sets of Book/DVD/CD. Each song lesson includes the song sheet, video lesson, and audio recording. BONUS – video stories behind the songs available with downloadable lesson files only in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions whether the song is Hawaiian or not. Students have tools to practice the songs outside of class and then ask questions in class. Some of the songs are also presented in my Sing-Along with Mele Fong series and/or my new Island Stories & Songs series for further reinforcement and fun playing along with other students learning the Ukulele Mele Way.

January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. Visit my webpage dedicated to senior classes for more information including links to past events and photo galleries. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

2019 Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series

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Ukulele teacher Mele Fong announces the 2019 calendar of 11 classes for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

My 2019 schedule has been set for continuing my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Class dates and descriptions in my online calendar are kept current on my upcoming events webpage. There are a total of 11 classes with themes as follows:

January 10 – Maui Nui Songs
February 21 – Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Songs
March 14 – Broadway Show Tunes
April 18 – Hula Songs
May 16 – Flower and Lei Songs
June 20 –  Small Kid Time Songs
July 25 – Patriotic Songs
August 15 – Songs of the Hawaiian Islands
September 26 – Rock and Roll Songs
October 25 – International Songs
November 21 – American Classics

In addition, our Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 from 9 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa. The party is open to all ‘ukulele players and singers and is a great event to make new friends and renew the old as we enjoy playing and singing Hawaiian style Christmas songs the Ukulele Mele Way and more.

In class, singers can follow the song’s lyrics and ‘ukulele chords projected onto the large screen at the front of the room (similar to Sing-Along with Mitch Miller) while ‘ukulele players can play along (or not). My husband plays his ukulele-bass to keep the rhythm and fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele. Both my husband and I have our instruments and voices amplified to lead everyone in singing and playing my unique song arrangements. I also tell the story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions whether the song is Hawaiian or not. After class, for those who pre-ordered lunch it is a nice time to eat and visit together.

Outside of class, students can listen to and play along with my song arrangements. My husband and I have produced over 100 audio recordings on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass and made them accessible on my website’s Fan Club for free. The songs are listed alphabetically within 4 categories – Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs. Each song shows the title, key, number of chords, strum, and the length of the audio recording. Many of the songs presented in my Sing-Along with Mele Fong series are also taught to my ‘ukulele students in different classes.

January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. Visit my webpage dedicated to senior classes for more information including links to past events and photo galleries. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

2019 Advanced Ukulele Classes

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Ukulele Mele announces the 2019 calendar for 21 continuing Advanced Ukulele classes at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Photo taken January 2018.

My 2019 schedule has been set for continuing Advanced ‘Ukulele classes on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Class dates and descriptions in my online calendar are kept current on my upcoming events webpage. There are a total of 21 classes as follows:

January 9 and 23
February 13 and 27
March 13 and 27
April 10 and 24
May 8 and 22
June 12 (Kaunoa on recess June 26)
July 10 and 24
August 14 and 28
September 11 and 25
October 23 (Kaunoa on recess Oct 9)
November 13 and 27
December 11

In addition, our Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 from 9 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa. The party is open to all ‘ukulele players and singers and is a great event to make new friends and renew the old as we enjoy playing and singing Hawaiian style Christmas songs the Ukulele Mele Way and more.

During the year we will learn a new curriculum of songs in class every quarter including some songs that are also played during my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series. I will continue to email students my song arrangements with unique ‘ukulele strums and teach how to form ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain taught by no one else. In class we’ll have fun singing and playing music together.

Outside of class, students can listen to and play along with my song arrangements. My husband and I have produced over 100 audio recordings on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass and made them accessible on my website’s Fan Club for free. The songs are listed alphabetically within 4 categories – Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs. Each song shows the title, key, number of chords, strum, and the length of the audio recording.

January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. Visit my webpage dedicated to senior classes for more information including links to past events and photo galleries. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

2019 Ukulele Strumming Classes

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Ukulele Mele announces the 2019 calendar for 19 continuing Ukulele Strumming 202 classes at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. Photo taken January 2018.

My 2019 schedule has been set for continuing ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 classes on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Class dates and descriptions in my online calendar are kept current on my upcoming events webpage. There are a total of 19 classes as follows:

January 16 (Kaunoa on recess Jan 2)
February 6 and 20
March 6 (Kaunoa on recess March 20)
April 17 (Mele out of town on April 3)
May 1 and 15
June 5 and 19
July 17 (Kaunoa on recess July 3)
August 7 and 21
September 4 and 18
October 2 and 16
November 6 and 20
December 4

In addition, our Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 from 9 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa. The party is open to all ‘ukulele players and singers and is a great event to make new friends and renew the old as we enjoy playing and singing Hawaiian style Christmas songs the Ukulele Mele Way and more.

During the year we will learn a new curriculum of songs in class every quarter including some songs that are also played during my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series. I will continue to email students my song arrangements with unique ‘ukulele strums and teach how to form ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain taught by no one else. In class we’ll have fun singing and playing music together.

Outside of class, students can listen to and play along with my song arrangements. My husband and I have produced over 100 audio recordings on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass and made them accessible on my website’s Fan Club for free. The songs are listed alphabetically within 4 categories – Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs. Each song shows the title, key, number of chords, strum, and the length of the audio recording.

January 2019 marks my 10th year of teaching ‘ukulele classes at Kaunoa. Visit my webpage dedicated to senior classes for more information including links to past events and photo galleries. The journey continues as I pursue my mission to share the joy of making music, one ‘ukulele player at-a-time.

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

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