The Hawaiian Serenaders represent the state of Hawai’i in Washington, D.C.
“State Days at the Kennedy Center, A Series of Free Concerts in the Grand Foyer.
Each of the 50 United States has nominated a musical act to perform in the Grand Foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during its 25th Anniversary Season. Each act will give a free hour-long concert. The performers will appear throughout the season.” – printed on the program of 7 June 1996.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS – CLICK ON THE PHOTO for the story behind it
Here is the song list for the 1-hour Hawaiian music concert with language and hula noted:
1. Royal Hawaiian Hotel – Hawaiian
2. Kuu Home O Kahaluu – English
3. Hele On To Kauai – English
4. Mahina O Hoku – Hawaiian – Rich sang & played ‘ukulele while Mele danced hula
5. Makua – English
6. Aloha Ia O Waianae – Hawaiian
7. Kuu Morning Dew – Hawaiian and English
8. Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again – English – Rich sang & played ‘ukulele while Mele danced hula
9. Ulupalakua – Hawaiian
10. Singing Bamboo – English
11. Molokai Nui Ahina – Hawaiian
12. Maui Girl – English
13. Kau’u Hoa – Hawaiian
14. Song of Old Hawaii – English
15. E Huli Makou – Hawaiian – Rich sang & played ‘ukulele while Mele danced hula
16. Beyond the Reef – English
17. Now is the Hour – English – duet sung acapella
MEET THE ARTISTS
“Performing artists Mele Fong and Richard Tom, a husband and wife duo originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, have entertained Washington, DC audiences with Polynesian music and dance for the past three years. Prior to forming a duo, they had more than 22 years of professional experience performing with other Hawaiian musical groups in Hawaii and throughout the country. Both sing solos and harmonize traditional and contemporary Hawaiian songs, accompanied on guitar, ukulele, bass, and harmonica. Ms. Fong, of Hawaiian Chinese heritage, also dances Hawaiian hulas to Mr. Tom’s musical accompaniment. They have performed Polynesian shows and background music at indoor/outdoor festivals at the Kennedy Center, Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.” – printed on the program of 7 June 1996.