“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:
- Jenny Takemoto, Maui.
- Jason Lao, from Canton in mainland China.
- Carrie Liang, who is working in Hong Kong.
- Eugenia Tsang, from Hong Kong and is moving to Ashville, NC.
- Ukulele Mele
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