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Fall 2012 Events

HIGHLIGHTS: Scroll down to read reviews by the date of the event

Fall: (October - December 2012)
November 10. Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.
November 17. Nisei Veterans Exhibit opening at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
December 15. Play Along with Ukulele Mele workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.


November 10. Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.

"That's the best I've heard the Band play," commented a Maui Ukulele Pops Band supporter after our last show on Saturday. Eight members performed a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, Filipino, Japanese, Hispanic, country, and American popular songs during our 30-minute set. We followed three groups comprised of senior citizens, and presented the most diversity in song selection and strumming styles. It was a great reflection on what Mele's students can and did accomplish individually and as a group to perform and make people happy. This was our swan song, and we went out on top!

The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio experienced our first standing ovation after our show. What a great feeling to be so well received after performing a 30-minute set of big band jazz and other pop standards. Many in the audience were dancing and moving in their seats to the upbeat rhythms and familiar songs. It's been a year since our public debut for hundreds of people at the County Senior Fair. Along the way we've gained confidence in playing complex songs together to a point where it's easier to relax and enjoy ourselves on stage. In the middle of one song, Rich's microphone died in the middle of his vocal solo, and so Mele held her microphone for him to sing into until the sound guy could fix the problem. Smile, and the show must go on! What's next? Learning more new songs and having fun adding to our jazzy repertoire!

November 17. Nisei Veterans Exhibit opening at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

The Hawaiian Serenaders entertained Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in between the program and games to celebrate the opening of the Nisei Veterans exhibit. Over 70 people attended the festivities. Do you know where the phrase "Go For Broke" came from? The answer is in the exhibit. Developed by a high school senior for her senior project, the exhibit did a good job of telling the story of the Japanese Americans who fought in World War II.

December 15. Play Along with Ukulele Mele workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Mele led 9 participants on Saturday in playing Hawaiian style Christmas songs for the holidays without using music sheets. One ukulele player read about the event on our website, and showed up just for the event all the way from Vancouver, B.C. What fun we had! Next year these workshops will be every second Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Bailey House Museum.


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