“We had a very, very, Merry “Mele” Christmas today at Kaunoa Senior Center. Under the direction and teaching of Mele Fong ~ holiday songs that could have been tired and predictable, became creative and challenging through the unique ukulele styling teaching method she has developed. Through the use of special introductory chords, innovative rhythms, and chord progressions, songs that we have heard for 50 years became “new again” and heard in the spirit of the composer. There were feelings of cohesiveness and excitement as we were able to execute the compositions with her fresh new approach.
Mele has the ability to create a special spiritual connection between her primarily adult students, as they work among each other to master her song arrangements, with each receiving the benefits to mind and spirit that singing in harmony with others can provide. Much appreciation to her for using her seemingly tireless energy to pass on to others the joy and knowledge she has received from her years of professional singing both as an individual and in a variety of groups and bands. Mele Fong is a true island girl, and now woman, who has “come home” to Maui to give back generously to her community and students ~ not only during this holiday season, but throughout the year.” — Ellen Sjoholm, 15 December 2016.