Talk on Hawaii’s Last Queen

Talk on Lili'uokalani

Lili’uokalani Talk on Sept 13

Ten people came to my first in the series of Oral History and Sing-Along programs. Most of the attendees were my ukulele students from Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

I put together a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation of 24 slides with photos, and then taught how to pronounce and sing 5 Hawaiian songs during the 2-hour presentation. I was glad to hear positive feedback after all the hard work and research it took to put everything together.

Some of the new people I talked to heard about the event from the Maui Scene insert of The Maui News. The Bailey House advertised in the newspaper (Scene, Local Briefs, and Datebook), plus we posted on Facebook and emails to Museum members and my ukulele students. However, the low turnout was disappointing.

Future programs are planned for next year for Kuhio Day and Kamehameha Day, on the actual Hawaii state holidays. I’m also going to offer the programs to Kaunoa Senior Center as part of the “Lunch and Learn Series” of Hawaiian history presentations that I’ve given in years past. I enjoy wearing my oral history hat to spread knowledge about Hawaiian history in a way that is interesting and easy to comprehend.

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

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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.