Summary of 2014 by Ukulele Mele

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The Hawaiian Serenaders were front page news in 2014

Looking back on 2014, it was a very good year. We revised all video lessons and video stories, and all recordings for the 30+ monthly online lessons using new technologies for a better product. Other new efforts included the following:

  1. Started a “Contest for Free Online Lessons for 30 Days” in August 2014 that is continuing into 2015.
  2. Gave Hawaiian History Talk on Hawaii’s Last Queen including a sing-along of some of her songs in September at the Bailey House Museum.
  3. Gave 3 Strumming Workshops in the Fall at Hilo Hattie’s store on Oahu in partnership with an ukulele vendor.
  4. Released CD “Hawaiian Songs & Stories, vol. 1” by The Hawaiian Serenaders in July to coincide with the Celebration of Bailey special event.

Here are some stats of Ukulele Mele services and retail products sold:

  • 73 individuals took 120 lessons on Maui, some at the Bailey House Museum and some at our Kula studio.
  • 58 students were from the mainland, Canada, Europe, or Australia, 1 from Oahu, and 14 from Maui.
  • 63 students were beginners, 10 had some experience including a ukulele school teacher from Canada.
  • 71 participated in 7 Strumming Workshops at the Bailey House Museum.
  • 104 participated in Strumming Workshops at special events including the Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, and at the new workshops at Hilo Hattie’s store on Oahu.
  • 1 private webcam student from Canada (who took 7 webcam lessons plus 1 lesson on Maui)
  • 3 subscribers to monthly online lessons.
  • 77 people bought 86 packaged song sets sold at private lessons, classes, workshops, and special events.
  • The Hawaiian Serenaders, Maui Ukulele Pops Band, and Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio performed throughout the year.

Last year we traveled to Alaska to give the Homer Ukulele Players event. This year “Workshops Will Travel” went to Oahu. All in all, teaching ukulele and entertaining remains very rewarding.

“Mele is a gifted teacher! I would recommend this class to anyone wanting (ukulele lessons) who lives here and wants to learn or to anyone visiting the island that wants to experience a little Hawaiiana!” — part of review by Deborah F. on January 18, 2015 (about the 2-hour Ukulele Strumming Workshop held the previous day at the Bailey House Museum).

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.