Ukulele Christmas Concert Review

The Hawaiian Serenaders presented Hawaiian Style Christmas with hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa on Maui.

THE HAWAIIAN SERENADERS presented Hawaiian Style Christmas at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20 at Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku, Maui. This was our second performance this year at the Picnic for Poki Hawaiian music concert series. The morning before the show, the organizer informed me the show was moved inside the church instead of outside due to inclement weather. It was magical to be singing “Silent Night” as the rain gently fell outdoors as we were cozy and dry indoors.

Hula dancers from Na Kupuna o Kaunoa (where I teach classes for adults 55 and better) joined us once again and performed six hulas (see song list below). New this time was the addition of a male dancer, Michael Rhodes, who performed half of the songs with the ladies. I first saw Michael dance O Holy Night as part of his yoga class he teaches at Kaunoa that I attended for the first time the Friday before our Christmas show – and I was so touched that we added the song into the set at the last minute. “Had a good time,” said one of the female dancers after the show.

Our show lasted 45-minutes including the song Kupa Landing that we did from memory as an encore. New this time, two videographers from Paradise TV (Visitor Channel) came to shoot footage for their upcoming segment on Wailuku to include Kaahumanu Church. The film makers said they may not stay for our entire concert, but they did. We shall see if any footage shows up on TV. After the show, it was so rewarding to hear positive comments from the audience.

Here is our song list of 16 songs (some with hula) with name of my ‘ukulele strum:

  1. Jingle Bells – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with chorus in Hawaiian
  2. Silver Bells – 2 Waltz Strums
  3. Feliz Navidad – Latin Strum
  4. Silent Night – Pick in 6 Strum with verse in Hawaiian and hula
  5. Mele Kalikimaka Ia Oe – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  6. Hawaiian Santa – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula
  7. Holly Jolly Christmas – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  8. The Christmas Song – Pick in 4 Strum
  9. Winta Wandaland (local version of Winter Wonderland) – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  10. O Holy Night – Pick in 6/Triplet Strums with hula
  11. Christmas Island – Swing Strum
  12. White Christmas – I Wanna Rest/Latin Strums with hula
  13. Aloha Kalikimaka – 2 Waltz Strums
  14. Christmas Luau – Play Ukulele Strum with hula
  15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 2 Waltz Strums
  16. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum with hula

Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage to learn more about the professional entertainment side of Ukulele Mele On Maui.

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.