Song of the Month for September

Learn to play “Lovely Hula Hands” with I Wanna Rest and 4And Strums by Ukulele Mele On Maui

Learn to play Lovely Hula Hands for September’s “Song of the Month.” This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) was composer R. Alex Anderson’s most commercially successful song although it was never his favorite.

As the story goes, Anderson was at a private party and in the middle of the room a hula girl was dancing. A dozen or so men were standing around just listening to the music when a guy said, “Aren’t her hands lovely?” Right then, Anderson started thinking about a song. It took three or four months during which time Anderson was on a cruise in New Zealand and every day gulls in the back of the boat put the song’s line in his head, “gliding like the gulls o’er the ocean.” The resulting song was an instant hit. Occasionally Anderson used Hawaiian words or phrases in this music, such as in this song.

My arrangement omits the original verse and uses the rest of the popular song.

  1. Listen to the audio recording in the free online Fan Club.
  2. Schedule private webcam lessons to learn to play it from wherever you live.

I will send you the PDF song sheet for my arrangement and teach you how to play it with my unique I Wanna Rest and 4And Strums for ‘ukulele. The song is in the key of C and uses 6 chords – perfect for beginner to intermediate ‘ukulele players. Other benefits of learning the Ukulele Mele Way:

  • No need to read music.
  • Get feedback from a professional educator and entertainer with over 50 years of ‘ukulele playing and entertaining experience.
  • Learn my method of forming ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and unique strumming styles taught by no one else.

Want a different song? Visit my online Fan Club and listen to over 100 audio recordings of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons via webcam or on Maui.

Have fun learning to Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way today!

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.