September’s Monthly Lesson

Learn to play "Maui"

Learn “Maui” for September’s Online Lesson

DID YOU KNOW this Hawaiian song is one of the few that is also popular as an instrumental? The original melody is based on the American children’s song, “My Boat is Sailing,” introduced in Hawaii in the 19th century. The Reverend Samuel Kapu on Maui took the melody, composed Hawaiian lyrics praising the island, changed the title to “Maui No Ka ‘Oi” and made it the island’s song sung in the Island Medley. Today, “Maui Chimes” is a popular instrumental version of the original, and is a standard piece for steel guitar and slack key guitar players. We took the photo near rural Hana in East Maui.

Learn to play “Maui” in September’s online lesson for monthly subscribers. You get to download the song sheet, watch the video lesson on how to play it, play along with the audio recording, and watch the video story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions. Plus you get access to past lessons since December 2011, numbering 34 and counting! Subscribe to Monthly Online Lessons today!

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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.