Review King Kamehameha History Program

Kamehameha, Hawai’i’s First King Program

Seventeen people came on Friday, January 8 to the first of my Hawaiian History Series for 2016 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The PowerPoint presentation on Kamehameha, Hawaii’s First King, lasted 80 minutes through 46 slides. The program was in two parts, the first about the King and his legacy, and the second was a sing-along of songs of the era. King Kamehameha lived from 1758-1810.

Once again, my husband played his ukulele-bass during the sing-along portion of the program. We did 4 songs related to King Kamehameha:

  1. Hawaii Ponoi aka Hymn to Kamehameha was written in 1872 by Henry Berger and David Kalakaua.
  2. Na Alii was written in 1928 by Samuel Kuahiwi in praise of the chiefs and includes two of their famous sayings.
  3. King Kamehameha the Conqueror of the Islands was written in 1934 by Johnny Noble and Ted Fiorito and tells the story in English.
  4. Hawaii Aloha was written in the 1800s by Reverend Lorenzo Lyons about the love for the islands.

I was surprised at the many new faces in the audience, and the number of older seniors in probably their 70s and 80s, rather than 60s and 70s (which has been the norm). Some of the people I talked to before the program started, said they had seen the last two of the series last year and came back for more. Last year there were 60 attendees.

After my presentation, some people came up to ask me about ‘ukulele lessons and how to help family members on the mainland learn Hawaiian history. I was happy to hear from my contact at Kaunoa Senior Center that my program was enjoyed by many.

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.