Senior Classes in 2013

Highlights of the year 2013 at Kaunoa Senior Center included offering my new online Fan Club, new packaged song sets, and new Play Along classes. Plus we held the first annual Christmas party at Kaunoa instead of at our house.

I taught 74 classes during the year 2013:

  • 71 classes
  • 2 Band shows
  • 1 Hawaiian Serenader show

Here are the details:

40 continuing ‘ukulele classes. Students accessed my new online Fan Club on June 19th to download the song sheets and play along with the audio recordings to songs available for free to learn in class (no more time spent Xeroxing copies of song sheets to handout in class).

  • Advanced ‘Ukulele. 20 classes.
  • ‘Ukulele Strumming 202. 20 classes

12 new Strumming 101 classes. The first 8 classes met twice a month and then we changed the offering to once a week for a month. I Xeroxed copies of song sheets for the classes.

  • Strumming 101. 2 classes (January)
  • Strumming 101. 2 classes (February)
  • Strumming 101. 2 classes (March)
  • Strumming 101. 2 classes (April)
  • Strumming 101. 4 classes (May-June).

14 classes used my new packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD of 6 songs with 8 unique strums. Students could refer to the song sheets, video lessons, and audio recordings to practice the songs outside of class.

  • Strums for Sing-Along used new Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (July)
  • Strums for Hawaiian Songs used new Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Vol. 1 set. 4 classes (August)
  • Strums for Mele’s Kalikimaka used new Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 set. 3 classes (November)
  • Strums for Mele’s Kalikimaka used Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 set. 3 classes December)

4 Play Along classes modeled after my 2-hour strumming workshop where everyone plays by ear without handouts.

  • 2 new classes. (September)
  • 2 classes. (October)

2 Maui Ukulele Pops Band shows accompanied by Rich on u-bass.

  • Ho’olaulea at Kaunoa. (October)
  • 6th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. (November)

1 Hawaiian Serenader show “Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs” sponsored by the University of Hawai’i. (November)

1 Christmas Party (1st annual) for all students held at Kaunoa.

The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio also performed 2 shows, one at the Queen’s Festival at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in March and one at the Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition in November.

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.