“2 years ago, December 2016, my husband and I planned a first-time trip to Maui. I owned a ukulele but did not really know how to play it, and I decided to look online for any learning opportunity during the time we would be there. I found Ukulele Mele On Maui, and signed up via phone for her workshop at Bailey’s. I was totally thrilled with the thorough instruction Mele gives beginners such as myself, and excited to be able to instantly play along with the many songs that were played in this 2-hour group session. The other members told me the best thing I could do was to go back to my hometown and join one or more of the free groups which are available in almost every city.
I certainly did that, and after playing with three different groups on a weekly basis, I always thought aobut the great instruction I received from Mele (I have found nothing comparable to her method and teaching), so I decided to purchase the one month membership online, to be able to download the pdf files of her unique arrangements and play along with her excellent videos. That was a fantastic month of learning for me, and I spent many hours each day going through the videos, playing along and learning from the best teacher, Mele Fong, right in the comfort of my own home.
So last week, my husband and I made our 2nd trip to Maui…My first thought in planning this trip was to look up Mele Fong’s schedule to see if there was another workshop or some other opportunity whereby I could learn from “the BEST”, and I was amazed to find 2 great events at Kaunoa Senior Center, which I signed up for. The first was an “Intermediate Strummer’s Workshop” on April 4th, and then the following day, a “Sing-Along with Mele Fong”…I might mention that in the year and a half since I played a ukulele for the first time that I have actually become a performer in 2 bands, Scottsdale Strummers and Desert Strummers, and I “lead” the group Scottsdale Strummers once a month. My skills have advanced to the point that I was able to keep up with the other regular attendees in the Intermediate Strummers Workshop, and loved it so much. The following day, playing and singing at the “Sing-Along with Mele Fong” was fantastic!! I have now picked up new ideas for leading the Scottsdale Strummers because of my two days with Mele in Maui last week!
My husband and I are already thinking of our next trip to Maui. I know that #1 on my list will be to check Mele’s calendar to make sure I can again be a part of her remarkable teaching. She is amazingly talented and willingly shares her talent with everyone who is lucky to learn from her.” – June Jones from Arizona, 05 April 2018.