Senior Classes in 2010

Highlights of the year 2010 at Kaunoa Senior Center included new Hawaiian history classes and leading students to perform shows in the community.

I taught 107 classes during the year 2010:

  • 98 classes
  • 8 Band shows
  • 1 Hawaiian Serenaders show

Here are the details:

54 continuing ‘ukulele classes. Band class met every Monday and focused on performing. Alumni Club met on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and focused on using the He Mele Aloha Songbook with my arrangements..

  • Band (Intermediate ‘Ukulele). 38 classes.
  • Advanced ‘Ukulele (Mele’s Alumni Club). 16 classes.

20 Beyond the Basics classes. Students received Xerox copies of song sheets and practice CD. Upon graduation from the 6th month course, students as a class demonstrated their abilities to play 6 unique strumming styles without me.

  • 3rd group graduated in June. (January-June)

3 new classes for Wellness Week (introduction classes)

  • Ukulele 101 (January)
  • Hawaiian singing (January)
  • Hawaiian history (January)

8 new singing classes

  • Singing Hawaiian 101. 4 classes (February)
  • Singing Hapa Haole Favorites. 4 classes (April)

5 new Hawaiian History Lunch & Learn classes in PowerPoint format.

  • Hawai’i’s Royal Legacy. 1 class (January)
  • Maui’s Historical Places. 1 class (February)
  • Queen Ka’ahumanu. 1 class (March)
  • King Kalakaua and Prince Kuhio (April)
  • King Kamehameha and Prince Damien (May)

1 Lunch & Learn class in PowerPoint format at West Maui Senior Center

  • Maui’s Historical Places (March)

7 Kaunoa Ukulele Pops Band rehearsals and show at Kaunoa in October.

8 Kaunoa Ukulele Pops Band shows off-site accompanied by Rich on u-bass.

  • Japanese Club at Wailuku Hongwanji (June debut off-site)
  • Kaunoa nutrition program at Tavares Center (June)
  • Kalama Heights Retirement Residence (June)
  • Roselani Place (September)
  • UN Season for Peace at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (September)
  • Nisei Veterans Center (October)
  • Kula Hospital (October)
  • Ukulele Festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (October)

1 new Hawaiian Serenaders show “History of Hawaii Through Music” sponsored by the University of Hawai’i. (May)

In addition to offering the above classes and performances, my husband and I hosted the Band extra practice before our first off-site show at a Memorial Day party, our annual 4th of July party, and Band Christmas party at our house.

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.