“I’ll be back and I’ll bring my friends,” commented a first time participant after the program.
Twenty-three people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Flower and Lei Songs on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.
During the new “Hawaiian history moment of the month” I talked about May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii as both the unique Hawaiian cultural occasion and the song that is celebrated on the first day of May in Hawaii nei. Read more here.
The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great! We continued the routine of learning how to pronounce any Hawaiian words in the songs, the story behind each song whether it was Hawaiian or not, and playing each song twice to reinforce what we learned.
We sang nine songs (omitting a prepared tenth song) during the 75-minute program including Hawai’i Aloha (in the Hawaiian language) that is traditionally sung to end a public event in Hawaii. Here is the song list with my unique ‘ukulele strums:
- May Day is Lei Day – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
- Pua Ahihi – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- For You a Lei – Bossa Nova and Latin Strums.
- Pua Lililehua – Morse Code Strum.
- My Yellow Ginger Lei – I Wanna Rest Strum.
- Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums.
- He Aloha Mele – Latin Strums.
- Maile Lei For Your Hair – Bossa Nova Strum.
- Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Small Kid Time Songs on Friday, June 15.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele