Mother’s Day Memories

My memories of mom are of standing next to the piano and beating time with her hands like a human metronome as I practiced playing the songs. I started piano lessons when I was 7-years-old, and continued all the way through high school and into college at the Conservatory of Music at University of Pacific in Stockton, California. Along the way, I learned ‘ukulele, and taught myself to play guitar.

Playing guitar with Grandma and Dad

Playing guitar with Grandma and Dad

In this picture, I’m playing music with my Hawaiian grandmother and Chinese dad at my grandparent’s house in Hana, Maui.

My 91-year-old mother now lives in a nursing home on Oahu. As I think about Mother’s Day, I remember wonderful family gatherings full of music and good times. Lucky we live Hawaii.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


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.