Mele and her husband lead Mele’s students in performing in public
The Maui Ukulele Pops Band is comprised of Mele’s students who take Advanced Ukulele classes led by Mele and her husband Rich on vocals, ukulele, and u-bass. The number of members fluctuates up to fourteen. The Band’s name was chosen to convey the variety of popular music we perform. Formed in 2009 after graduation from Mele’s Ukulele Beyond the Basics class, the goal of The Band is to share Mele’s music in public. The Band has performed 45 shows in the community and at Kaunoa Senior Center from 2009-2019.
NEXT SHOW: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 13th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition
“You folks sound so professional!” commented a woman who heard the Maui Ukulele Pops Band perform for the opening of the Liberty Dialysis Clinic on Thursday, 6 November, 2014.
“You folks were great at the Festival on Sunday!” said Kathy Collins, master of ceremonies. “You were the best sounding group,” said the sound guy for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at the 10th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival, 11 October 2015.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS – CLICK ON A PHOTO for the story behind it
SHOWS AT SPECIAL EVENTS
- Maui Made Sundays >> At Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
- Maui Ukulele Festival >> At Maui Arts & Cultural Center
- Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition >> At Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
- Ukulele Explosion >> At Kalama Intermediate School and Iao Theater
- Upcountry Fair >> At Oskie Rice Field in Olinda
- 2009 – Kaunoa Ukulele Band debut by presenting a Christmas Concert at Kaunoa at the conclusion of the first year of classes.
- 2010 – First performance outside of Kaunoa for the Japanese Club at the Wailuku Hongwangi per invitation by Band member Florence Tanaka.
- 2011 – Busiest year performing 13 gigs for the year.
- 2012 – Band jingle lyrics written by Andrea Kaumeheiwa with Mele’s song arrangement to introduce members to the audience.
- Late 2012 – Mele decided not to seek out more gigs, but to consider opportunities as they arose.
- Band name – evolved from Kaunoa Ukulele Band to Ukulele Pops Band of Maui to Maui Ukulele Pops Band as it remains today.
- Band attire – evolved from wearing anything white to the formal matching pink (Maui’s color) long muumuu for women with white shirt and black pants for men, and informal matching pink logo shirts for women with gray logo shirts for men. The accessories also evolved from matching pink satin lei to black kukui nut lei to gold garland lei for November & December shows.
ARCHIVES – more gig highlights – click on year for show review
Adult Day Care at Nisei Veterans Memorial Center – 2010, 2011.
Annual fundraiser for Bailey House Museum (Christmas program) – 2011.
Annual Kamehameha Day Ho’olaulea at Kamehameha Iki Park – 2012.
Annual Keiki Karnival at Christ the King Church – 2011, 2012.
Annual Maui County Special Fair at County Fairgrounds – 2011.
Annual Maui Matsuri at UH Maui College – 2012.
Annual Maui Ukulele Festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center – 2010, 2011, 2015.
Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Kaahumanu Center – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
Annual Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015.
Experience Kaunoa at Maui Mall, 2012.
Hawaiian Plant Sale Family Fun Day at Maui Botanical Gardens – 2011.
Japanese Club at Wailuku Hongwanji – 2010 (first show outside Kaunoa).
Kalama Heights Retirement Residence – 2010, 2011.
Kaunoa Nutrition Program at Kahului Union Church – May 2011, December 2011, May 2012.
Kaunoa Nutrition Program at Tavares Center – 2010.
Kula Hospital – 2010.
Liberty Dialysis Clinic Grand Opening – 2014.
Roselani Place (Assisted Living) – 2010.
Ukulele Explosion at Kalama Intermediate School – 2012,
United Nations Worldwide Peace Event at Queen Kaahumanu Center – 2010.
Kaunoa Senior Center
Hoolaulea – 2013.
Island Party as part of Ukulele Mele Week (celebrating 7th week of teaching) – 2016.
Mele’s Kalikimaka (Annual Christmas show) – 2009 (first show with Singers class), 2010.
Mini Concert at Strumming Workshop – May 2011 and June 2011.
Pops Concert – Fall 2010.