Walk with Royalty Review

“I enjoyed it and learned something,” commented a retired librarian after the class.
Hawaiian History and Song

A full room of seventeen people signed up for my new Walk with Royalty class on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui. I had done this tour over two days in April 2019 and wanted to share some of what I learned and more. Part 1 lecture took 1 hour and Part 2 sing-along took 20-minutes which totaled 10 minutes longer than previous programs. There were a total of 84 PowerPoint slides and 13 pages of notes.

Part 1: A virtual tour of Washington Place (Queen Lili’uokalani’s home), ‘Iolani Palace (only royal palace in the United States), and King Kamehameha Statue (unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810) all within walking distance of each other in downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Plus we looked at the Queen’s Statue and the stone monument to the Queen’s composition Aloha ‘Oe.

Part 2: Audience sing and play along to my song arrangements with unique ‘ukulele strums to five songs about the monarchy period (including the traditional song to end all public events):

  1. Hawaii Ponoi (state anthem) – Waltz Variation Strum.
  2. King Kamehameha – I Wanna Rest/4 And Strums.
  3. Aloha ‘Oe – Morse Code Strum.
  4. On the Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  5. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

This class was the last in the Hawaiian History and Song Series scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month in 2019.

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.