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Summer 2012 Events


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

Summer: (July - September 2012)
July 14. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
July 28. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
August 11. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
August 25. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
September 8. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
September 15-16. Maui Marathon at Kaanapali.
September 22. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
September 28. Maui (County) Special Fair at War Memorial Fairgrounds, Kahului.
September 29. National Museum Day at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

REVIEWS:

July 14. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Fourteen ukulele players came Saturday to Mele's first workshop for the summer. Mele taught 10 songs in two hours using 13 chords and six different strumming styles. For this venue, Mele created one-page song sheets on a new ipad to refer to while singing and teaching everyone in the old Hawaiian way of watch, listen, play (without paper handouts). Mele's method began with instrument basics, then progressed through 2-chord, 3-chord, and 4-chord songs from a variety of American classic, folk, and Hawaiian songs. Titles included Horse With No Name, Clementine, This Land is Your Land, She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain, If I Had a Hammer, Shine On Harvest Moon, You Are My Sunshine, Hukilau, Yellow Bird, and Hawaii Aloha. Mele's strums included Morse Code, Hum Ding-Ah, Swing, Chalang-alang, Latin, and Waltz (2 styles). There were brand new ukulele players along with Mele's students from Kaunoa Senior Center classes including: Andrea, Hinano, Gail, Eileen, Holly, Jim, Shirley, and Nele. We were very comfortable in the new mult-purpose building that used to be the gift shop of the museum. There were many smiles as we enjoyed the beautiful day and setting as we had fun learning and playing happy songs on the ukulele together.

July 28. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Twenty-one people came Saturday to Mele's second workshop, including a handful of spectators. Mele unveiled a new velcro poster board so ukulele players could see a large chord diagram of each chord shape and what numbered finger goes where for each chord played per song. It was a hit! The teaching format continued of progressing from one to two to three to four chord songs using different strums to songs of different genres. There were brand new ukulele players and returning players from last week along with Mele's students from Kaunoa Senior Center classes including: Hinano, Ellen, Holly, Kelcy, Shirley, Nele, Deborah, and Andy.

August 11. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Nineteen people came Saturday to Mele's third workshop. New this time was the room configuration changed from the wide view to the narrow view. This way it was easier for everyone to see the table top poster board with chord shapes for each song. It worked! Fun was had by all.

August 25. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Eighteen people came Saturday to Mele's fourth workshop. At every workshop there were a few new faces, and this was no exception. Fun was had by all.

September 8. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Thirteen people came Saturday to Mele's fifth workshop. This number included a volunteer at the Bailey House Museum and a student intern from Japan. The young Japanese woman borrowed an ukulele from her Maui host family, and tried to play having never played before. After the workshop, the two new participants (mentioned above) commented on how much fun they had.

September 15-16. Maui Marathon at Kaanapali.

The Hawaiian Serenaders performed at 3 different venues in 2 days, twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon we performed from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Health and Fitness Exposition inside the Westin Hotel ballroom. We recognized the MC and KONI radio sponsors from last year, and it was fun when they requested our signature "Maui Marathon" song. Later that evening, we performed from 5:00-5:25pm outside the Westin Hotel near the beach for the hundreds of people attending the carbo load luau. We sang for 25-minutes without music, using wireless instrument pickups and wireless microphones on the huge outdoor stage as the sun was setting. Afterwards, we dined with Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann, and Maui state senator Kalani English as we enjoyed Ualena's hula show.

On Sunday, September 16, we performed from 9:00-10:00 a.m. outside as the runners crossed the Finish Line. New this year was the sponsorship of JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) because there are so many runners who come to Maui from Japan. Many of the Maui High cheerleaders used the large orange sticks to clap together as they cheered, just like they do in Japan at baseball games. What a fun event to be part of for the past four years. This was the 42nd annual Maui Marathon.

September 22. Play Along with Ukulele Mele at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Thirteen people came Saturday to Mele's sixth workshop, including four new people. This was the last workshop in the summer series of twice a month workshops from July - September, 2012. The regulars demonstrated their improved abilities in playing songs by ear using different strums. It was such a good experience that we'll continue in December with a special holiday workshop, and then in the New Year on a regular recurring basis.

September 28. Maui (County) Special Fair at War Memorial Fairgrounds, Kahului.

After the Mayor of Maui welcomed everyone to the Special Fair on Friday, the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio performed for an hour from 10:30am - 11:30am. Maui is the only island in the state to "reserve a special day for persons whose physical and/or mental limitations preclude their attendance at the Maui fair during regular operating hours." This was the 23rd year of the Special Fair, and the first year the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio performed there on stage. Last year, the Maui Ukulele Pops Band performed. It was rewarding to play for an appreciative audience of a couple of hundred people, many of whom were dancing in their wheelchairs to our upbeat big band jazz music.

September 29. National Museum Day at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

The Hawaiian Serenaders setup our PA system outside and played music Saturday from 10:00am - 12:00 noon. During the first hour, Mele called out the key and chords to popular Hawaiian songs so ukulele players in the audience could play along. During the second hour, The Hawaiian Serenaders and the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio performed a variety of jazz and Hawaiian tunes from our repertoire for our audience's listening and watching enjoyment. Some ukulele players tried to copy the strumming patterns, but the chords and strums together were too difficult for them. As we were packing up to leave, the next group of performing musicians arrived. "We thought the museum was playing canned music, and then we came around the corner and it was you," commented one of the trio. Such a nice compliment from a fellow musician. Fun was had by all.


 

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