Review Serenader Show April 13

The Hawaiian Serenaders presented a show with hula dancers at Makawao Library in April 2019.

The Hawaiian Serenaders – Richard Tom and Mele Fong – presented a Nostalgic Hawaiian Music show with hula dancers on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Makawao Public Library in upcountry Maui. The husband-wife duo played ‘ukulele and u-bass and sang a variety of Hawaiian and hapa haole songs reminiscent of old Hawai’i. This musical program was part of the library’s 50th anniversary celebration and the second time in two years the Serenaders have been invited to perform at the library.

The program included songs about Hawaiian cowboys in keeping with the Makawao Library’s upcountry lifestyle, four songs with two hula dancers (Kaleo and Nalani), and two songs with chant and melodies in the same arrangement. “I liked the variety,” commented the audience.

The song list with unique ‘ukulele strums were:

  1. Kupa Landing – Hum Ding-Ah
  2. Paniolo Country – Hum Ding-Ah
  3. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa with hula dancers
  4. Kula Morning – Latin
  5. Wahine Holo Lio – Pick in 4 and I Wanna Rest (chant and modern)
  6. Medley: Maui Boy / Maui Girl – Hum Ding-Ah
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – Latin with hula dancers
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz / Pua Lilia – Waltz Strums: Chicken Pluck/Thumb Strum Up
  9. Uwehi Ami and Slide – Jazzy I Wanna Rest with instrumental
  10. Wahine Ilikea – Bossa variation with hula dancers
  11. Lahaina – Latin (pop example)
  12. Medley: Sea Breeze / Puamana – I Wanna Rest with hula dancers
  13. Medley: Tiny Bubbles / Pearly Shells – Hum Ding-Ah (60’s example sing-along)
  14. Pāpālina Lahilahi – ‘Ōlapa with hula dancers
  15. Flying – Bossa Nova (jazzy 70s example)
  16. Sophisticated Hula – Boom Shaka I Wanna with hula dancers (40s example)
  17. Hawaiian War Chant – I Wanna Rest / Latin (chant and modern)
  18. There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Hum Ding-Ah

The Serenaders 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