Review Nov. 28 Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert

The Hawaiian Serenaders presented Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert on Nov. 28 at Kahului Library. Beverly Romias danced.

“Mele and her husband present a wonderful workshop and concert,” commented Georgia Hunter in part of an email introduction to a ‘ukulele company in Vancouver, B.C.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele and vocals, presented “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28 at Kahului Library. Nine people attended including two from Canada.

Total: 11 songs including 2 with Beverly Romias dancing hula*

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage)
  2. Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum (started as rhythm accompaniment to singers & hula dancers)*
  3. Girl From Ipanema – Bossa Nova Strum (jazz & u-bass solo example)
  4. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (Dixieland jazz & banjo uke example)
  5. Uwehi Ami & Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song)
  6. Could I Have This Dance – 2 Waltz Strums (country & 3/4 time example)
  7. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop with audience sing-along example)
  8. Ulupalakua – Olapa Strum (Hawaiian place name song with English translation)*
  9. Medley: Yes, Sir/Five Foot Two/Baby Face – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (1920’s banjo uke example)
  10. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (blues and change to uke with high G for riff example)
  11. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas)

The educational program was funded in part by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The Hawaiian Serenaders are artists with the UH program. There is no cost to the audience and we got paid – a win win for everyone. Note: This gig was part of our 3 ‘ukulele shows in 3 Days in November – just the way the scheduling worked out (Read more).

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.