Review Hawai’i Songs Program

“Singing makes me happy,” commented one lady after the program. “I missed the first program on Maui songs.”

Ce introduces Mele’s program on Big Island Songs

Twenty-three people signed up for my NEW Island Sing-Along Series on Thursday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults age 55 and better. The second program of the series was about the Big Island of Hawai’i. I used PowerPoint to project the lyrics and chords for 8 songs up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 48 slides took 1 hour and 20 minutes. As I introduced each song, I told the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, I taught how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation. We all had fun singing while I played my ‘ukulele and my husband accompanied the group on his u-bass.

Here are the 8 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we learned:

  1. Kupa Landing – by Lot Keawe, 1890s.
  2. Akaka Falls – by Helen Lindsey Parker.
  3. Kuhio Bay – by Keliana Bishaw.
  4. The Beauty of Mauna Kea – by Keola Beamer, 1976.
  5. Hilo March – by Joseph Ae’a, 1890s.
  6. Kaula ‘Ili – traditional.
  7. My Little Grass Shack – by Johnny Noble, Tommy Harrison, Bill Cogswell.
  8. Hawaii Aloha – by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, 1800s

We sang 8 Hawaiian songs and learned the stories behind them

I noticed there were more ‘ukulele players who showed up with their instruments this time. Before the program started as we were practicing songs we knew by heart, some of my ukulele students arrived early and we invited them to play along, too. Sharing music is a wonderful experience.

Stay tuned for the next Island Sing-Along Series coming on April 28 about Kauai Island songs.

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.