Oahu Stories & Songs

Hawaiian history

Oahu Stories & Songs kicked off my new Island Stories & Songs Series for 2019 scheduled for the 5th Wednesdays of the month. I chose Oahu as the first featured island because that it is the island where I grew up. It was fun to add personal stories to places I have been to over the years. My idea worked – the audience clapped and expressed their appreciation for my new class. In Part 1 we took a virtual tour of 22 places of cultural, historical, or scenic interest that are easily accessible for adults going clockwise from Honolulu around the island. In Part 2 we led a sing-along to five songs about Oahu (including the traditional song to end all public events).

(Photo of title slide of the Oahu Island Stories & Songs program on 30 June, 2019 at Kaunoa Senior Center)

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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.