Senior Classes in 2014

Highlights of the year 2014 included video recording “Are UKE having fun yet?” with some of my students. At Kaunoa Senior Center we experimented with offering a class during the 4-6pm time slot to attract people who are still working, but most attendees were not.

I taught 59 classes during the year 2014:

  • 56 classes
  • 3 Band shows

Here are the details:

40 continuing ‘ukulele classes. Students accessed my online Fan Club to download the song sheets and play along with the audio recordings to 120 songs available to learn in class.

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

11 classes used my 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.

  • Strumming 101 used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 set. 3 classes (February)
  • Strumming 101 used new Sing-Along Songs Vol. 2 set. 4 classes (September)
  • New Strum Review used Sing-Along Songs Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 set. 1 class (October)
  • Strums for Christmas 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. Two of the classes were held from 4-6pm to attract people still working.

  • 1 class (January)
  • 1 class (February)
  • 2 classes (August)

3 Maui Ukulele Pops Band shows off-site and accompanied by Rich on u-bass.

  • Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park. (June)
  • Liberty Dialysis Office opening at Kahului. (November)
  • 7th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. (November)

1 Christmas Party (2nd annual) at Kaunoa that included a group play/sing-along and performance by the Advanced Ukulele class of Christmas songs from my online Fan Club.

In addition to offering the above classes and performances, my husband and I hosted a 4th of July party at our house for Kaunoa students and we video recorded “Are UKE having fun yet?” for my website and YouTube channel.

The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio also performed 2 shows, one at the Upcountry Fair (last of 12 shows with Hinano) and one at the Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition (first with Cindee as Hinano dropped out weeks before).

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.