Hong Kong Visitors Learn ‘Ukulele

Ukulele Mele gave lessons in Lahaina

Ukulele Mele gave private ukulele lessons on September 24, 2015 to a group of international visitors at a private residence in Lahaina, Maui.

“Ni Hao” (“Hello” in Chinese). Off to Lahaina we went last Thursday night, September 24, to give a complimentary ‘ukulele lesson to a group of 3 young adults from Hong Kong and China. This special event was requested by a business colleague, Jenny Takemoto, as a way to spread aloha. I taught a quick Hawaiian history lesson and got them to play a couple of simple songs and strum a little on the instruments we provided. Then we stopped to demonstrate what is possible with practice.

The Hawaiian Serenaders performed a few Hawaiian, hapa haole and pop songs from memory. I loved seeing their faces light up as they enjoyed our music. Out came their cell phones as they took video of our performances. I gave them my business cards and hope they give me links to the videos so I can post them on facebook. We’ll see.

Per the photo below from left to right:

  1. Jenny Takemoto, Maui.
  2. Jason Lao, from Canton in mainland China.
  3. Carrie Liang, who is working in Hong Kong.
  4. Eugenia Tsang, from Hong Kong and is moving to Ashville, NC.
  5. Ukulele Mele
September 24, 2015 private session

Visitors from Hong Kong and China had their first ukulele lesson and private concert by The Hawaiian Serenaders.

Meeting in a Maui resident’s home made it was a very personal experience that most visitors don’t get a chance to experience. Lucky us! Music is the universal language that transcends language barriers.

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.