Adults 55 and better can take Mele’s music classes at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui
Mele Fong has been an instructor at Kaunoa Senior Center since January 2009. Mele teaches ‘ukulele classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players and leads students in performing as the Maui Ukulele Pops Band at community events. She developed a unique method for forming ‘ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else. The curriculum consists of a variety of familiar Hawaiian, hapa haole, and pop songs arranged the fun Ukulele Mele Way.
Mele also teaches Sing-Alongs and Hawaiian History classes. Mele’s husband accompanies on vocals and ukulele-bass at classes and shows.
UKULELE MELE BASICS – Open to all beginning ‘ukulele students with little or no experience. Build confidence playing 1-3 chord songs. Meets Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sign up for each monthly session from January – June. Read the plan >>
UKULELE BEYOND THE BASICS – First four classes were held 2009 – 2011. The 6-month course met weekly on Monday mornings for 2-hours and culminated in a graduation program where students demonstrated their collective abilities to play 7 different ukulele strums to selected songs. Many students continued into the Maui Ukulele Pops Band. Visit the class page >>
‘UKULELE STRUMMING 101 – Open to all beginning ‘ukulele students. Build confidence playing 3-4 chord songs. Meets Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sign up for each monthly session from September – December 2020.
‘UKULELE STRUMMING 202 – For intermediate students who have graduated from ‘Ukulele Strumming 101. This is a continuing class (unadvertised in Kaunoa’s monthly publication of classes and events) and requires instructor invitation to join. Meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9 – 11 a.m. Visit the class page >>
ADVANCED ‘UKULELE – For advanced students (many of whom began playing the Ukulele Mele Way in 2009). This is a continuing class (unadvertised in Kaunoa’s monthly publication of classes and events) and requires instructor invitation to join. Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 9 – 11 a.m. Visit the class page >>
SING-ALONG WITH MELE FONG SERIES – For all voices 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 invited to play along. Themes vary. Meets once a month on a Thursday from 10 a.m. – noon with lunch optional. Visit the class page >>
HAWAIIAN HISTORY & SONG SERIES – For all students curious about Hawai’i’s cultural history. Students learn about Hawai’i’s people, places, and events from a Native Hawaiian and sing relevant songs and learn the stories behind them led by professional musicians on vocals, ‘ukulele, and u-bass. ‘Ukulele players are invited to play along. Visit the class page >>
CHRISTMAS AT KAUNOA – For everyone whether you have taken Mele’s classes or not. Highlights from the year and a sneak peak of what’s coming soon is presented. We sing and play ‘ukulele to Christmas classics and Hawaiian style Christmas songs in keeping with the “Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series” format. Buffet lunch included. Visit the class page >>
SOCIAL MEDIA (stay connected)
• Like Ukulele Mele on Facebook – launched November 2011.
• YouTube Channel – launched August 2011.
• Bookmark Mele’s blog – launched December 31, 2013 with weekly postings on Mondays and then changed frequency to 1st of the month starting January 1, 2020.