Ukulele Christmas Party Review

Thirty-seven people signed up for the 6th annual Ukulele Mele Christmas party that included a sing-along of 14 Christmas songs at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

“You have more people signed up than there is room to fit everyone comfortably.” What a problem to have!

Thirty seven people signed up for the 6th Annual Ukulele Mele Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We were in room 101-102 with limited capacity instead of the usual multi-purpose room that is much larger. The party is open to anyone regardless if they are my current students or not. One student (Gail) found a friend (Maricruz) whom she had not seen for 30 years! It’s a small world when making music brings people together.

This year we omitted the ornament exchange game and the “guess how many pieces in the candy jar” game – and both activities weren’t missed.

The three-part program consisted of Highlights of 2018 (PowerPoint presentation), sing-along of 14 Christmas songs (PowerPoint presentation), and catered buffet lunch. We added the song Silent Night at the last moment so that one of my students could practice dancing hula which she would also perform at our (The Hawaiian Serenaders) Hawaiian Style Christmas show at Kaahumanu Church the following day. Here are the songs with name of my unique ‘ukulele strum that we sang and played at the party:

  1. Jingle Bells with a verse in Hawaiian – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  2. Silver Bells – 2 Waltz Strums
  3. Feliz Navidad – Latin Strum
  4. Silent Night with a verse in Hawaiian – Pick in 6 Strum (hula by Bev)
  5. Mele Kalikimaka Ia ‘Oe – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  6. Hawaiian Santa – I Wanna Rest Strum and 4And Strum
  7. Holly Jolly Christmas – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
  8. The Christmas Song – Pick in 4 Strum
  9. Winta Wandaland – Hum Ding-Ah Strum and X Marks the Spot Strum
  10. Christmas Island – Swing Strum and 4And Strum
  11. White Christmas – I Wanna Rest and Latin Strums (hula by Bev)
  12. Aloha Kalikimaka – 2 Waltz Strums
  13. Christmas Luau – Play ‘Ukulele Yes I Can Strum and 4And Strum
  14. Mele Kalikimaka – Hum Ding-Ah Strum

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele