June 13 Upcountry Fair Shows

June Band Show 2014

Maui Ukulele Pops Band show at Upcountry Fair 2014

Maui Ukulele Pops Band’s first show of 2015 will be Saturday, June 13 at the annual Upcountry Fair in Olinda. New this year is the Upcountry Fair’s official name as “Maui Upcountry 4H Livestock and Agricultural Fair.” Band members take Advanced Ukulele classes from me at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better, with some members having been with me since I started teaching in January 2009. The Band performs at 1:00 p.m., followed by The Hawaiian Serenaders at 2:00 p.m. In keeping with the country theme, we’ll include some country and upbeat songs in both of our sets.

The Band set of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz songs with Ukulele Mele strums:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Morse Code Variation
  3. Proud Mary – Tom Tom
  4. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa, with 2 hula dancers
  5. Yellow Bird – Latin
  6. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hum Ding-Ah
  7. Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz strums
  8. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  9. Ring of Fire – Hum Ding-Ah
  10. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova
  11. Puamana – I Wanna Rest, with 2 hula dancers
  12. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah
  13. Sophisticated Hula – Boom Shaka I Wanna
  14. This Land is Your Land – Hum Ding-Ah
Hula at Upcountry Fair

Band members dance hula at Upcountry Fair 2014

We are fortunate to be asked to return once again to perform at the free family fun event at Oskie Rice Park in Olinda. We enjoy playing familiar songs and local favorites seldom heard on the radio that adults can sing-along to. It’s the music that keeps us together.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

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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.