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

2011 Maui Ukulele Festival

Maui Ukulele Pops Band

Hula at the 2011 Festival

We were happy to be asked back to perform at the 6th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday 16 October 2011. This was our second show in a row since 2010. New this year we wore our formal band attire and Linda and Janet danced hula once (as shown above).

Nine Maui Ukulele Pops Band members performed three songs from memory (no music stands) during our 10-minute set.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS – CLICK ON A PHOTO for the story behind it.

Band: Andrea Kaumeheiwa, Beverly Romias, Eileen Taketa, Janet Rineer, Kelcy Bal, Linda Ewing, and Sandy Magallanes led by The Hawaiian Serenaders – Rich Tom and Mele Fong.

Attire: Band formal pink long muumuu and black kukui nut choker lei for women, black pants/white shirt/pink yarn lei for men for a professional look.

Songs: By memory (no music stands).
1. Koni Au I Ka Wai with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
2. Ulupalakua with ‘Olapa Strum with hula by Janet and Linda.
3. Sophisticated Hula with Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

2010 Maui Ukulele Festival

Maui Ukulele Pops Band

2010 Maui Ukulele Festival

We were honored to be asked to perform at the 5th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday 17 October 2010. This was our first show held on the left side of the main entrance as the Yokouchi Pavilion/A&B Amphitheater was being built.

Eleven Maui Ukulele Pops Band members performed during our 10-minute set.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS – CLICK ON A PHOTO for the story behind it.

Band: Andrea Kaumeheiwa, Beverly Romias, Cindee Burkitt, Gail Hayashi, Hinano Kaumeheiwa, Kathleen Figueria, Linda Ewing, Mel Hayashi, and Sandy Magallanes led by The Hawaiian Serenaders – Rich Tom and Mele Fong.

Attire: Band formal long white muumuu for women, black pants/white shirt for men, and all wore golden silk lei for a professional look.

Songs: (Music in binders on stands provided by Kaunoa Senior Center and shared between two people for a consistent look)
1. Hey Good Lookin’ with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
2. Girl From Ipanema with Bossa Nova Strum.
3. Sophisticated Hula with Boom Shaka I Wanna Strum.
Note: This was the Maui Ukulele Pops Band’s 7th show for 2010.

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 Grandparents Day Concert

The Hawaiian Serenaders

Grandparents Day 2019

The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong presented a concert for Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Sun Deck of Kula Hospital. The Serenaders sang and played ‘ukulele and u-bass to a mix of Hawaiian, pop and jazz songs including a few hula songs as requested from a nurse who danced hula during the program. There were about 40 patients and their families who attended out concert.

“Hallelujah,” exclaimed a patient as we approached the sun deck with all of our equipment to setup for the concert. There were about 10 people already waiting when we arrived 50-minutes before show time. A nurse told us another patient was going to stay in her room until she heard we were coming and said, “Let’s go.”

We played a mix of songs from our recent Pop & Jazz Concert including:

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah Variation Strum.
  2. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  3. Moon River – 2 Waltz Strums.
  4. Dixieland Jazz. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Proud Mary – Tom Tom Strum.
  6. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. Quando, Quando, Quando – Tony Renis & Alberto Testa, 1962.
  8. Ulupalakua – Olapa Strum with hula by Nurse Joan.
  9. Mahina O Hoku – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula by Nurse Joan.
  10. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Only You – Buck Ram, 1955.
  11. Last Song: When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  12. Hana Hou: Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

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