Hawaii’s First King Program Feb 6

King Kamehameha talk

Learn about King Kamehameha on Feb 6

Did you know that Hawaii is the only state in America to have had a monarchy? Learn about Hawaii’s First King, Kamehameha the Great, and sing-along to Hawaiian songs of the time period at Kaunoa Senior Center on Friday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. This Hawaiian oral history talk is part of the “Lunch and Learn” program at the senior center, and will also be offered at the Bailey House Museum on the state holiday for King Kamehameha on June 11.

The new sing-along portion of the program adds an audience participation component to the academic talks that I have given in previous years. At January’s talk on Hawaii’s Last Queen, I was pleased that so many people wanted to learn about the subject, how to pronounce the Hawaiian words, and how to sing the popular traditional songs. Whether a part-time resident from the mainland, or a local resident, the new program format seems to be very popular.

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.