Christmas Party 2015

We played 13 Christmas songs at the party

Twenty four people attended the 3rd Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas party held from 9:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. New this year, both ukulele classes played the same songs together (rather than performing for each other) and I presented a PowerPoint presentation “Kaunoa Through the Years.” We repeated the Christmas ornament exchange game, and also enjoyed the same buffet lunch menu by Dani’s Catering. Last year, I had planned more mixer games, but this year omitted them because I really wanted to spend time preparing to take us down memory lane.

I looked back through calendars and attendance records from when I first started teaching at Kaunoa in January 2009, and put together a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 17 slides with 37 pictures from 2009-2015. During the process, I found an old flyer that I had forgotten about The Hawaiian Serenaders first show on February 14, 2008 titled “Timeless Love Songs & Stories of Hawaii Nei.” The first photo in my presentation showed my husband Rich playing upright bass when he accompanied graduates of the 6-month Class 1 Ukulele Beyond the Basics in June 2009. Afterwards, comments included being amazed at the number and variety of classes that I have taught over the past 6 years. It’s all been an experiment, a place to try out different ukulele, singing, Hawaiian history, and other classes in addition to off-site performances taking students into the community. Next year I am planning a new “Ukulele Mele Celebration Week” that my private students (who are 55+) are invited to participate in November. (Read more at the new webpage for Kaunoa Senior Center).

Every year we do something different musically at the party. In the past, I led a “play by ear” section, and then the Advanced Ukulele class performed difficult songs for everyone. This year both the Advanced Ukulele and Ukulele Strumming 202 classes played and sang together all 13 Christmas songs that we had learned in class. There were also new students who came to the party who I told to “just play what you can.” Songs were:

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Silver Bells
  3. Feliz Navidad
  4. Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe
  5. Hawaiian Santa
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas
  7. The Christmas Song
  8. Winta Wandaland
  9. Christmas Island
  10. White Christmas
  11. Aloha Kalikimaka
  12. Christmas Luau
  13. Mele Kalikimaka

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I thanked everyone for taking classes from me, for without students, I would not be teaching. Through the years I have come to realize how much I enjoy teaching and watching people gain enjoyment from making music the Ukulele Mele Way. Every so often, I also need to be on stage entertaining audiences without leading students. That way I can “let it rip.” Onward to 2016!

(See photos from the party, and other pictures from classes 2015).

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele