Summary of 2015 by Ukulele Mele

Merry Christmas from The Hawaiian Serenaders

Looking back on 2015, it was a very good year. Fun highlights included backing up Willie K (along with more than a hundred others) on stage at the 45th Annual Ukulele Festival on Oahu. It was also the first year that I blended two classes at Kaunoa Senior Center together to perform at the 10th Annual Ukulele Festival on Maui. The sound guy said we were the best!

NEW efforts included the following:

  • 8 “Ukulele Mixed Plate” workshops/entertainment events at the Shops at Wailea.
  • 3 Oral History & Sing-along PowerPoint programs about Hawaiian royalty held at Bailey House Museum.
  • Launched 2 new courses for monthly online subscribers: Basics for beginners and Beyond the Basics for intermediate players. Stopped adding a new lesson every month when it reached 50 lessons for Complete Monthly Online Lessons at the end of December. Made the website responsive to all mobile devices.
  • 10 CDs sold  “Hawaiian Songs & Stories, Vol. 1” by The Hawaiian Serenaders.
  • 18 Ukulele Mele aloha shirt ornaments sold.
  • Kaunoa Through the Years 2009-2015 PowerPoint presentation, and webpage.

Continuing services and retail products sold:

  • 96 private lessons and 28 small group lessons, some at the Bailey House Museum and some at our Kula studio.
  • 44 ukulele rentals were provided for lessons.
  • 10 webcam lessons with students living around the world.
  • 28 subscriptions to monthly online lessons for self-study.
  • 5 gift certificates given for future lessons.
  • 87 packaged sets of book/DVD/CD sold (from 6 different sets for different abilities).
  • 6 Ukulele Strumming Workshops held at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku.
  • 3 workshops at the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
  • 11 hours mentoring at UHMC Institute of Hawaiian Music students.
  • 7 Hawaiian Serenaders gigs for private and public events.
  • 4 performances with the Maui Ukulele Pops Band and the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio.
  • Plus 69 classes and special events at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

It also warmed my heart to find out we have fans following my YouTube channel. One couple came specifically to hear us play at the Maui Marathon when they were in town, and another couple booked private lessons saying they felt they were “meeting a celebrity.”

Onward we go to the New Year!

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.