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.

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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

Review Kamehameha Alumni Event August

The Hawaiian Serenaders played Hawaiian music by memory for a one-hour gig at a Kamehameha Schools Alumni event on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Dani’s Hall in Wailuku.

The Hawaiian Serenaders played Hawaiian music by memory for a one-hour gig at a Kamehameha Schools Alumni event on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Dani’s Hall in Wailuku. Over 100 people attended. As a Kamehameha alumnus, it was fun to play music for the Kamehameha ohana (family) and to see many of my Ahahui Ka’ahumanu (royal society of Native Hawaiian women) sisters in attendance. It was also fun to remember the words and music to Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we used to play while strolling the Grand Wailea’s Humu Restaurant so many years ago. Many of my ‘ukulele students at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better tell me they can play and sing, but not at the same time (which is what we do).

After our set, we listened to a trio of young men perform traditional Hawaiian music with tight harmonies while playing guitar, ‘ukulele, and electric stick bass. Josh, the leader, said they met 3 years ago while enrolled at UH Maui College’s Institute for Hawaiian Music. I was a mentor at the Institute many years ago when Grammy Award winner George Kaahumoku, Jr started the program and so I was pleased to see these students become successful musicians. I told Josh, “It’s time for the next generation to do the circuit -performing at hotels on the west and south side of the island. We’ve been there and done that.”

The songs we played alternated between Hawaiian and hapa haole genres:

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. To You Sweetheart Aloha
  3. Wahine Ilikea
  4. I’ll Remember You
  5. Ulupalakua
  6. Hanalei Moon
  7. Island Medley
  8. Lahainaluna
  9. O Ka Leo
  10. My Little Grass Shack
  11. E Huli Makou
  12. Sophisticated Hula
  13. Puamana
  14. Koni Au

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They 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.

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

Pop and Jazz Ukulele Concert August 22

The Hawaiian Serenaders

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong present a Pop and Jazz Ukulele Concert on Thursday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – the husband and wife  duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong present a Pop and Jazz ‘Ukulele Concert  on Thursday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The Serenaders sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to to mix of songs from the swing era of the 30s-40s, Broadway, 60s rock and roll, country, and jazz, including songs on the banjo-uke popular in the 1920s. Lunch is optional following the concert.

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 and have played music professionally together since 1993.

Sign up by calling Kaunoa Senior Center at 808-270-7308.

Visit The Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to hear song samples, view photos, and read reviews.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Patriotic Sing-Along Songs

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Patriotic Songs was the theme for the monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong series in July.

“I thought Aloha ‘Oe was the song to sing to end a program,” commented a person who grew up in Hawai’i and lives on the mainland part-time. She was surprised that the traditional song is Hawai’i Aloha.

Sixteen people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We sang 10 songs (including a medley of 2 songs) to celebrate America’s birthday on the 4th of July.

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 10 songs during the 60-minute program. Here is the song list with the names of my unique ‘ukulele strums to song arrangements taught by no one else:

  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 – Pick in 4 Strum.
  7. This Is My Country – Tom Tom/Latin 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.

The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs is Thursday, August 15.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Patriotic Songs in July

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Ukulele players and/or singers can sing patriotic songs as part of the Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on July 25.

Patriotic songs are the theme for this month’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong series on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. We will celebrate the 4th of July by singing songs honoring our country. These songs include America the Beautiful 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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Ukulele Strumming Songs for July

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The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui.

The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui. We will be playing a mix of ten old and new songs for the quarter of July – September with five classes scheduled on the first and third Wednesdays of the month starting July 17.

Some students are also in my Advanced ‘Ukulele class who have been with me since class began in January 2009. They have had many years to learn my unique method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming rhythm patterns taught by no one else.

Students receive the song sheets by email to print and bring to class or refer to on their digital device (small tablets). Outside of class, students can play along to the audio recordings for each of the songs on my website. We enjoy playing our ‘ukulele and singing Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs together. Anyone can listen to the audio recordings at my online Fan Club page.

Here is the song list with the name of strum, key, and number of chords:

  1. Blue Suede Shoes – Hum Ding-Ah – C-3 chords
  2. Days of My Youth – Latin – C-9 chords
  3. Henehene Kou Aka – I Wanna Rest – F-8 chords
  4. In The Still Of The Night – I Wanna Rest/4And Strum – F-7 chords
  5. Kuu Home o Kahaluu – Latin – D-7 chords
  6. Medley: Kilakika O Haleakalā/No Ka Pueo – C and F – 8 chords
  7. Medley: La Bamba/Twist & Shout – Latin – C-3 chords
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums – D and F – 11 chords
  9. On The Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah – C and F – 7 chords
  10. Peggy Sue – Tom Tom – C-3 chords
  11. Proud Mary – Tom Tom – C-6 chords
  12. Rock Around the Clock – Hum Ding-Ah – C-3 chords

For information about our ukulele performing groups:

  1. Maui Ukulele Pops Band – students from Advanced ‘Ukulele class
  2. Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio – master student with my husband and I
  3. The Hawaiian Serenaders – professional duo of my husband and I

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Advanced Ukulele Songs for July

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The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my Advanced ‘Ukulele class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui.

The new song list for the July-September quarter has been announced for my Advanced ‘Ukulele class that meets at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better in Maui. We will be playing a mix of ten old and new songs for the third quarter of the year with six classes scheduled on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Many students have been with me since I starting teaching in January 2009. They have had many years to learn my unique method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming rhythm patterns taught by no one else. My husband and I have taken some students on the road as the group Maui Ukulele Pops Band to perform my unique song arrangements in the greater Maui community.

Students receive the song sheets by email to print and bring to class or refer to on their digital device (small tablets). Outside of class, students can play along to the audio recordings for each of the songs on my website. We enjoy playing our ‘ukulele and singing Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs together. Anyone can listen to the audio recordings on my online Fan Club page.

Here is the song list with the name of strum, key, and number of chords:

  1. Aloha Kauai– I Wanna Rest – F-13 chords
  2. E Huli Makou  – ‘Ōlapa – C and F-8 chords
  3. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova – F-11 chords
  4. God Bless America – Morse Code/Pick in 4 – C-9 chords
  5. Haleakalā– Pick in 4 – C-9 chords
  6. King Kamehameha – I Wanna Rest/4And – C-12 chords
  7. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah – F-16 chords
  8. Moon River – 2 Waltz – F-13 chords
  9. Only You – I Wanna Rest/Latin – C-14 chords
  10. Sunny – Bossa Nova – Am-6 chords

For information about our performing groups:

  1. Maui Ukulele Pops Band – students
  2. Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio – master student with my husband and I
  3. The Hawaiian Serenaders – professional duo of my husband and I

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Kamehameha Day Activities 2019

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The Royal Order of Kamehameha and the Ahahui Kaahumanu celebrated Kamehameha Day with a march in Kahului and a parade in Lahaina, Maui in June.

June 11 is the official state holiday to celebrate King Kamehameha who unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810. On Maui, I celebrated the holiday with my Ahahui Kaahumanu sisters in the Kamehameha Day March in Kahului on the actual holiday on Tuesday, June 11 and in the Commemorative Parade in Lahaina on Saturday, June 15. The Ahahui Kaahumanu is a royal society of Native Hawaiian women honoring Queen Ka’ahumanu, favorite wife of King Kamehameha.

The march in Kahului is a solemn event for members of the four royal societies and the community as we walked one-mile down Ka’ahumanu Avenue from the University of Hawaii Maui College to Hoaloha Park. The police coned off the car lane nearest the sidewalk so we could walk safely down the major street in Kahului and cross a major intersection along the way. The Royal Order of Kamehameha led the event and hosted the paina (social gathering with food) afterwards at their clubhouse at Hale Nanea. My Uncle Clifford started this event back in 2000 and the tradition continues today.

The parade in Lahaina is a fun event as we rode in cars and waved to spectators down the one-mile route from Kenui Street along Front Street to Shaw Street. This year we had five bright red cars to accommodate our group with three to four members per car. The Royal Order of Kamehameha led the event and provided a tour bus to take us back and forth from Kahului to the parade start and finish in air conditioned luxury. After Hawaiian protocols concluded the event, I got a photo with the new Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino who rode in the parade with his wife. “Please send me the photo,” commented the mayor. I’m pleased that our current and former mayor know me by name.

Learn more about Kamehameha Day holiday.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Father’s Day Concert 2019

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The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Father’s Day Concert at Kula Hospital on Maui. A nurse danced 4 hula.

“You are a good looking couple.” “Thank you for coming.” We heard nice comments and saw many smiles on the faces of the 50 plus patients and their families who came to our Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 16 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

This was our second Father’s Day Concert in two years and continues to be a rewarding way to make people happy as we honor our fathers who have passed away. We enjoyed trying out new Big Band jazz songs that we plan to perform at our upcoming “Pop and Jazz ‘Ukulele Concert” in August at Kaunoa Senior Center. New this time the nurse asked to do all four planned hulas at once instead of spreading out the songs throughout our set.

Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums geared for an older audience were:

  1. Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/There Is A Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Sentimental Journey – 4 And
  3. Quando, Quando, Quando – Bossa Nova
  4. Moon River – 2 Waltz
  5. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  6. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  7. All of Me – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  8. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  9. Autumn Leaves – I Wanna Rest/Bossa Nova
  10. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  11. As Time Goes By – I Wanna Rest/4And
  12. Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Bossa Nova
  13. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah with hula
  14. I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin
  15. Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway/I Got Rhythm – Bossa Nova/Hum Ding-Ah
  16. E Huli Mākou – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  17. Hana Hou – Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They 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.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele