2015 Maui Marathon

The Hawaiian Serenaders

We met a friend Aileen Wojack from our Maryland days while performing at the 2015 Maui Marathon. We were surprised that Aileen’s 30-something-year-old daughter recognized “our sound” as were singing and told her mom to come into the room. The daughter was 16-years-old the last time she heard us sing at her sister’s wedding.

At that same event, a couple told us afterwards they watch our YouTube Channel and came specifically to the event to hear us play.

In 2011, we recorded “The Maui Marathon Song” – our version of lyrics to the music originally written by the Crystals in the 1960s – that became our signature song for the event.

The Hawaiian Serenaders performed 22 shows at the finish line and at the expo during our 8 years at the Maui Marathon from 2009-2016.

(Photo of Mele, Rich, and our friend Aileen Wojack from Maryland at the Marathon Expo inside the Westin Kaanapali Ballroom on Friday, 18 September 2015)

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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.