Review Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders

Mele Fong presented Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders on August 29 on Maui. Five Hawaiian royalty and their legacies for health, education, and welfare were presented plus 5 related songs.

“My friend really wanted to come to your program, but couldn’t get in,” commented one student. “I was on the waiting list and lucky to get in,” said another student. When I asked for feedback after the program, there was an enthusiastic response that I should continue the series next year. “Where else will be learn our Hawaiian history?” asked a student.

Fifteen people signed up for Legacies of Hawaiian Leaders, the third program in my new Hawaiian History and Song Series for 2018 on Wednesday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The program was two-fold: part lecture and part sing-along. In Part One we learned about 5 Hawaiian ali’i (royalty): (Queen Emma, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, King William Lunalilo, Queen Kapiolani, and Queen Lili’uokalani) and what they left behind that we benefit from today. In Part Two we sang 5 Hawaiian songs composed by or appropriate to remember the ali’i.

Here is the list of 5 songs with my unique ‘ukulele strums that we played:

  1. Aloha ‘Oe – Morse Code Strum.
  2. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.
  3. Hawaiian Lullaby – Pick in 4 / Latin Strums.
  4. King Kamehameha the Conqueror of the Islands – I Wanna Rest / 4And Strums.
  5. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4 / I Wanna Rest Strums.

The Hawaiian History and Song series continues on the 5th Wednesdays of the month. The next program is October 31 and is titled The Merrie Monarch.

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.