Review Big Island Stories and Songs

Big Island Stories and Songs is the title of an Ukulele Mele class held on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui.

“You put a lot of work into the program. The pictures were great.”

Fourteen people signed up for the new Big Island Stories and Songs class on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. The class was the second in the new Island Stories and Songs Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. Last year we visited the Big Island and thus it was fun to tell first hand stories of places we visited along with learning about new places.

Part 1: A virtual tour of Big Island places of cultural, historical, or scenic interest for adults. We started in Hilo in the east and went south around the tip to overnight in Kona in the west. The next day we continued north to overnight in Waikoloa and then along the Hamakua coast back to Hilo. The last leg of the journey was on Saddle Road from Hilo to Waimea. It took about 1-hour to complete the virtual tour.

Part 2: Audience sing and play along to my song arrangements with unique ‘ukulele strums to four songs about the Big Island (including the traditional song to end all public events):

  1. Hilo March – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Beauty of Mauna Kea – Bossa Nova Strum.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

Stay tuned for the next Island Stories and Songs Series – Walk with Royalty on Wednesday, October 30.

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.