Hula in Wailuku

Hula Heritage

“Mele Fong and Richard Tom of The Hawaiian Serenaders perform the classic song “Puamana” with hula and ukulele under the shade of the Wailuku Banyan Tree on Friday morning. The couple brought back the feel of old Hawaii with a variety of local favorites during the lunchtime performance at the open market site on the corner of Market and Vineyard streets.” – The Maui News caption.

We ran into the event coordinator Stan Rippy at a Chinese Club summer fest in 2019 and he recalled how Rich played upright bass and how we were the start of the 1st Friday community event in Wailuku that continues today.

(Photo of Mele dancing hula as Rich sang and played ukulele taken by Amanda Cowen at Wailuku Banyan Tree Park, 20 October 2007)