Father’s Day Ukulele Concert Review


The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Father’s Day Concert at Kula Hospital on Maui. Nurse Joan danced four hulas.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented a special Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 17 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Kula Hospital on Maui. This was our second concert at the hospital this year after our Mother’s Day Concert. There were approximately sixty people who came which was definitely more than last month. The lady who had commented after last month’s show that she would be there early for this show did and was so appreciative of our music.

The Hawaiian Serenaders is the stage name for our husband-wife duo as we entertain on ukulele, ukulele-bass, and vocals. We customized our concert for the older local audience with a variety of upbeat happy songs from different genres including Hawaiian, hapa haole, country, and 1920’s sing-along songs. Plus we sang Japanese and Filipino songs that are popular in Hawaii.

New for this concert, we had a nurse who danced hula to four songs that she told us she could do after our Mother’s Day concert. It was a treat to have a dancer to augment our show.

Here is our song list of 19 songs with my unique ukulele strum name (for different rhythms):

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. To You Sweetheart Aloha – I Wanna Rest
  3. Lahaina – Latin
  4. Hula – Ulupalakua – Olapa
  5. Medley: Happy Days/Ain’t She Sweet – Tom Tom/I Wanna Rest
  6. Medley: Yes Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah
  7. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz
  8. Hula – E Huli – Olapa
  9. Uwehi Ami and Slide – I Wanna Rest/instrumental
  10. When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah (on banjo ukulele)
  11. Medley: Shine On Harvest Moon/Moonlight Bay – I Wanna Rest
  12. Hula – Papalina – Olapa
  13. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah
  14. Sweet Someone – I Wanna Rest
  15. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah
  16. Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout – Latin
  17. Hula – Hukilau – Swing
  18. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  19. Manuela Boy – Hum Ding-Ah

After the concert, I reconnected with a man I knew from my days as Assistant Superintendent of Haleakala National Park from 2000-2002. Terry was visiting his mom who is a patient at the hospital. It is such a small world.

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Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.