Hawaiian History

Hawaiian history moment

We launched a new component of the Sing-Along Series – Hawaiian History Moment of the Month – starting at Hapa Haole Songs on 4 January, 2018. During the year I talked briefly about the overthrow of the monarchy in January, Ikua Purdy statue installation in February, royal birthdays of Queen Ka’ahumanu and Prince Kuhio in March, Merrie Monarch Festival in April, May Day is Lei Day in May, Kamehameha Day in June, Bayonet Constitution in July, Statehood Day in August, Queen Lili’uokalani’s birthday in September, Princess Ka’iulani’s birthday in October, Queen Lili’uokalani’s death in November, and Mele Kalikimaka in December.

In 2019, I decided to include some but not all Hawaiian history moments.

In January 2018, I also added an additional slide showing the strum graphic (how ukulele players strum the rhythm) and chord shapes preceding each song.

(Photo taken to talk about the Merrie Monarch Festival at Hula Songs, 5 April 2018)

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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.