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.
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