The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong, showcase the versatility of Hawai’i’s official instrument. They are masters of musical diversity and multiple strumming styles for the ‘ukulele. The Serenaders sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a mix of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites. 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 have been entertaining audiences together on the mainland and Maui since 1994 and are both Hawai’i born and raised. On Maui, the Serenaders played the visitor and hotel circuit from 2004 and continue to entertain as requested. The Serenaders also lead the Maui Ukulele Pops Band and the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio.
Mele danced hula to “Puamana” while husband Richard backs up Uncle Richard Hoopii at the Annual Maui Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in 2011. The Serenaders have been entertainers on the same program as Richard Hoopii at other venues on Maui.
(Photo taken at the 6th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Sunday 16 October 2011)