Oahu Songs and Stories on Wednesday


First in New Island Series in 2019

Oahu Stories and Songs is the title of my class on Wednesday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. This is the first in the new series this year of Island Stories and Songs scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. I thought it a good idea to offer a virtual tour of the four major Hawaiian Islands, especially for those who don’t travel that much anymore.

I chose to start the series with Oahu the island where I grew up. Students will visit twenty-two places of interest while learning the cultural symbols, geography, Hawaiian historical places, scenic overlooks, and more about Oahu. Plus we will sing and play ‘ukulele to five songs about Oahu and learn the stories behind the songs in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions. Lunch is optional and a good time to sit around and talk story with like minded people who enjoy learning about the Hawaiian Islands, singing, and playing the ukulele.

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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.