2015 Maui Ukulele Festival

Maui Ukulele Festival

2015 Maui Ukulele Festival

We were happy to be asked back to perform at the 10th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday 11 October 2015. This was our third show at the festival. We had performed in 2010 as a group of 11 and in 2011 as a group of 9. New this year we wore our informal band attire as two classes (rather than one) from Kaunoa Senior Center combined together for our performance.

Thirteen people performed four songs during our 10-minute set.


“You folks were great at the Festival on Sunday!” said Kathy Collins, MC. “You were the best sounding group,” said the sound guy for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

MEMORABLE MOMENTS – CLICK ON A PHOTO for the story behind it

Band (front row): Andrea Kaumeheiwa, Claudia Welch, Eileen Taketa, Linda Ewing, and Sandy Magallanes led by The Hawaiian Serenaders – Rich Tom and Mele Fong.
Ukulele Strumming 202 class (back row): Doug Miller, Alma Hanzawa, Sally Waki, Lynn Hashizaki, Susan Colletto, and Charles Calvan.

Attire: Band informal pink/gray logo polo shirts and casual attire.

Songs: : (Music in binders on stands provided by Kaunoa Senior Center and shared between two people for a consistent look)

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hawaiian, with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. Lahaina – pop, with Latin Strum.
  3. Proud Mary – rock and roll, with Tom Tom Strum.
  4. Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout – pop, with Latin Strum.

We also had fun behind the scenes. I have always enjoyed hanging out with fellow entertainers in the back stage “performers only” Green Room. The air conditioning is such a welcome relief to the outside heat and humidity. This year I took some videos of the Hula Honeys, a women’s trio, practicing smooth jazz with their new bass player. I also took a picture with Kathy Sakuma, wife of Roy who was the festival MC and organizer of Ukulele Festival Hawaii. Roy was losing his voice, so Kathy Collins was brought in to MC the second half of the program which included us.

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.