Senior Classes in 2015

Highlights of the year 2015 at Kaunoa Senior Center included the new sing-along component to my Hawaiian history classes and new online courses (to reach people who can’t come to classes) on my website led by a volunteer facilitator with the invitation to participate in my class on the last day. In addition, students from my ‘Ukulele Strumming 202 class joined Band members on stage at the huge Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (the MC and sound guy said we were the best). Plus, two Band students who also dance hula helped us during The Hawaiian Serenaders evening shows at the new Ukulele Mixed Plate events at the Shops at Wailea.

I taught 69 classes during the year 2015:

  • 54 classes
  • 12 classes led by facilitator with Basics Online Course subscription
  • 3 Band shows

Here are the details:

42 continuing ‘ukulele classes. In November I created NEW webpages for each class. I changed the process from providing free song sheets downloadable from the online Fan Club to emailing students only the song sheets needed for their upcoming class. Meanwhile, everyone had direct links to 120 audio recordings for those songs without going through the Fan Club.

  • Advanced ‘Ukulele. 21 classes.
  • ‘Ukulele Strumming 202. 21 classes.

7 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. 2 set. 4 classes (November)
  • Strums for Christmas used Mele Kalikimaka Vol. 1 set. 3 classes (December)

4 new Hawaiian history and sing-along series of classes. Students learned about a Hawaiian monarch and (new) sang songs written by or about the person during their lifetime. I continued to use a PowerPoint format to project the song words and chords on a screen in the front of the room (no handouts).  

  • Queen Lili’uokalani (January)
  • King Kamehameha (February)
  • Prince Kuhio (March)
  • Na Lani Eha: The Four Royals (May)

12 new classes included subscription to my Basics online course for 30 days. Students learned 8 songs led by a facilitator. On the last day of class students could join the Strumming 202 class.

  • Ukulele Mele Basics. 4 classes (May)
  • Ukulele Mele Basics. 4 classes (August)
  • Ukulele Mele Basics. 4 classes (October)

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

  • Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park. (June)
  • Ukulele Festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. (October)
  • 8th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. (November)

1 Christmas Party (3rd 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 Labor Day Party and extra Ukulele Festival practice at our house for Kaunoa students.

New for the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio, I performed a few songs playing my Dad’s banjo ukulele along with Cindee playing her banjo uke at our one show for the year at the 8th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition.

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.