Look who is in China’s Voyage Magazine! I was so excited on August 28 to receive a copy of the Maui story layout from the Feature Director whom I met last May 28. Elf Dong (left) and her photographer interviewed me for a couple of hours at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel before they flew back to China. My friend Gloria So did a computer translation of the story from Chinese to English. I further clarified the translation so it reads as follows:
You can’t tell Mele is 60-years-old. She wears a blue and white floral dress, in the usual elegant Hawaiian style. She picks up the ukulele and starts singing, and you will be brought into her world – the sound of her and her smile with a charm.
In the old Hawaiian way, Mele’s grandfather gave her the prophecy name Mele Nani, which in the local language means “beautiful music.” Since the age of 7-years-old, Mele has had a strong interest in music, began piano lessons, and then ukulele at 12-years-old at school.
“Music for me is the universal language, and has opened the world’s door. I would like to share music, especially Hawaiian music and culture with more and more people,” says Mele.
Since 2009, Mele started teaching adult ukulele classes, and then in 2011 began teaching on-line through her website UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com. Now, she has students all over the world, all of them touched by the ukulele and Mele’s music.
Now a lot of people know what the ukulele is what it looked like. Generally, the ukulele looks like a guitar, but smaller. There are the different sizes of instruments strung with 4, 6, or 8 strings. Selection of music and size of instrument is very important.
To determine if the size of the ukulele fits you, hold the instrument horizontally in the crook of your right arm and support the neck with your left hand. Close your right hand and it should fall above the sound hole, just below the junction of the neck and body of the instrument.
There are a number of students through her on-line network who subscribe to online lessons and buy her teaching materials including books, DVD, and CD packages. Mele will also interact with them in addressing problems through private webcam lessons from their home.
Mele also has a number of local students ranging from 9-years-old to 70+, including a large number of retired people who didn’t have time to learn the ukulele when they were young, but now they do. She will also go to public venues to teach.
You can now finally achieve these musical aspirations. Many have said that learning with Ukulele Mele On Maui allows them to relax and feel warm.”
ChinaMagFeatureMaui (See story with color photos)
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele