“You are a good looking couple.” “Thank you for coming.” We heard nice comments and saw many smiles on the faces of the 50 plus patients and their families who came to our Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 16 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.
This was our second Father’s Day Concert in two years and continues to be a rewarding way to make people happy as we honor our fathers who have passed away. We enjoyed trying out new Big Band jazz songs that we plan to perform at our upcoming “Pop and Jazz ‘Ukulele Concert” in August at Kaunoa Senior Center. New this time the nurse asked to do all four planned hulas at once instead of spreading out the songs throughout our set.
Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums geared for an older audience were:
- Medley: Beer Barrel Polka/There Is A Tavern in the Town – Hum Ding-Ah
- Sentimental Journey – 4 And
- Quando, Quando, Quando – Bossa Nova
- Moon River – 2 Waltz
- Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
- Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula
- All of Me – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
- Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
- Autumn Leaves – I Wanna Rest/Bossa Nova
- Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula
- As Time Goes By – I Wanna Rest/4And
- Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Bossa Nova
- Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah with hula
- I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin
- Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway/I Got Rhythm – Bossa Nova/Hum Ding-Ah
- E Huli Mākou – ‘Ōlapa with hula
- Hana Hou – Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code
The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele