Review Grandparents Day Concert

The Hawaiian Serenaders

Grandparents Day 2019

The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong presented a concert for Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Sun Deck of Kula Hospital. The Serenaders sang and played ‘ukulele and u-bass to a mix of Hawaiian, pop and jazz songs including a few hula songs as requested from a nurse who danced hula during the program. There were about 40 patients and their families who attended out concert.

“Hallelujah,” exclaimed a patient as we approached the sun deck with all of our equipment to setup for the concert. There were about 10 people already waiting when we arrived 50-minutes before show time. A nurse told us another patient was going to stay in her room until she heard we were coming and said, “Let’s go.”

We played a mix of songs from our recent Pop & Jazz Concert including:

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah Variation Strum.
  2. Medley: Yes Sir That’s My Baby/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  3. Moon River – 2 Waltz Strums.
  4. Dixieland Jazz. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Proud Mary – Tom Tom Strum.
  6. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums.
  7. Quando, Quando, Quando – Tony Renis & Alberto Testa, 1962.
  8. Ulupalakua – Olapa Strum with hula by Nurse Joan.
  9. Mahina O Hoku – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula by Nurse Joan.
  10. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Only You – Buck Ram, 1955.
  11. Last Song: When You’re Smiling – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  12. Hana Hou: Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum

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.