Review March 25 Ukulele Mixed Plate

pre-show photo

Two hula dancers joined us on March 25

Wednesday, March 25. We all looked so spiffy in our matching formal performance attire! We were blessed to have two of my Advanced Ukulele class students, who also perform in our Maui Ukulele Pops Band, dance 3 hulas during our Hawaiian Serenaders show set at Ukulele Mixed Plate. Janet Rineer (far left) and Linda Ewing (far right) danced to Papalina Lahilahi, Lahainaluna, and Puamana. It felt good to put on a professional show with dancers as a bonus.

After our performance and group ukulele lesson, Daniel (a young man who works for Mele Ukulele store), went on stage to sing a few songs. We were told of this plan by Cheryl Rock, owner of Mele Ukulele, just before our show started. I was trying to talk to people at my sales table, but it was difficult because the sound was too loud to talk over, and then the sound distorted for a long time. “The guy doesn’t know what he’s doing,” I commented under my breath as the guy who operated the sound system for Daniel obviously had problems. (For this gig, in the absence of a professional sound guy, Rich operates the system for us, which is not easy.)

As we packed up our things, I glanced to the audience and noticed only 2 people remained seated. Otherwise, we had a pleasant evening and enjoyed seeing the smiling faces and joyful expressions on people’s faces as we did our thing.

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.