Review Mother’s Day Concert 2019

The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a Mother’s Day Concert on May 12 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

“We thoroughly enjoyed it.” “You have a lovely voice.” We heard nice comments and saw many smiles on the faces of the 50 plus patients and their families who came to our Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 12 at Kula Hospital in upcountry Maui.

This was our second Mother’s Day Concert since our first time last year and continues to be a rewarding way to make people happy as we honor our mothers who have passed away. It was nice to see familiar faces such as Terry Lind who was visiting his mom Daisy and a surprise to see patient Mary Estrella from my childhood days in Hana who called out to me as we were getting on the elevator in the hospital. Once again, one of the nurses danced four hula as indicated below. This time, many people arrived early as were setting up our sound system. Thus, we started singing from memory for a half-hour before the formal program began with a mix of sing-alongs, Broadway, jazz, Hawaiian, and hapa haole songs geared for the older audience. We lucked out weather wise as the day was beautiful when we gave our concert outside and only started to rain after we were all done and packed up ready to go.

Our songs with unique ‘ukulele strums were:

  1. Medley: Yes, Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Sentimental Journey – 4 And
  3. Fly Me To The Moon – Latin with u-bass solo
  4. Moon River – 2 Waltz
  5. Sukiyaki – Hum Ding-Ah with u-bass solo
  6. M-O-T-H-E-R – Pick in 4
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  8. Kula Morning – Latin
  9. Dahil Sa Iyo – Bossa Nova
  10. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  11. DO-RE-MI – Latin
  12. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah
  13. Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Bossa Nova
  14. Hukilau Song – Hum Ding-Ah with hula
  15. E Huli Mākou – ‘Ōlapa with hula
  16. I Whistle a Happy Tune – Hum Ding-Ah
  17. I Could Have Danced All Night – Latin
  18. What Aloha Means – 2 Waltz
  19. Hana Hou – Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code

The Hawaiian Serenaders – husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong – sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz tunes. They are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rich and Mele are both Hawai’i born and raised.

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.