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Winter 2015 Events

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

Winter: (January - March 2015)
January 5. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.
January 7. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
January 14. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
January 17. Ukulele Strumming Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
January 28. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
February 4. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
February 6. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.
February 11. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
February 25. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
February 28. Ukulele Strumming Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
March 6. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.
March 7. Anniversary Celebration at Central Pacific Bank, Wailuku.
March 14. Queen's Festival at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.
March 21. Ukulele Strumming Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
March 25. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea.
March 26. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

REVIEWS

January 5. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.

Forty-five people signed up for my first of three in the Oral History & Sing-Along Series known as Lunch & Learn at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The PowerPoint presentation was on Queen Lili'uokalani and learning to sing some of her compositions. The Monday program proved popular with visitors and locals alike. (Read more)

January 7. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops At Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)

They were dancing upstairs and all around the fountain courtyard to "La Bamba/Twist and Shout" on Wednesday. We saw the general manager of The Shops and heard that he was happy with our debut. Even the sound/light guy and maintenance guy who setup our table said we were great. Three 13-year-olds from Kalama Intermediate School played their ukulele during the Youth Showcase. Eight people borrowed instruments from Mele Ukulele to participate in the Play Along lesson, as well as about 30 people in the audience who either brought their own instruments or who just listened. We received lots of applause from our Hawaiian Serenaders diverse set of pop, jazz, and Hawaiian with hula set. We had difficulty seeing our music with the growing darkness, but we know how to remedy that next time. All in all, it was a good beginning to a new venture! (Read more) (See photos)

January 14. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)

“We’ve been to both Wednesdays (of Ukulele Mixed Plate), and the second one went much smoother. Your husband is so adorable.” – said a couple who recognized me and stopped to talk story at Kaunoa Senior Center on Friday, January 16. They really liked the flow of our Hawaiian Serenaders set (we added more songs and increased the diversity of genres from last week). They also suggested that to get more people to participate in the ukulele lessons, Mele Ukulele should set up a table next to the stage to hand out loaner instruments there rather than make them walk upstairs to their store to get them. Rich did the sound for 14-year-old Anthony P. and 21-year-old Austin J. who played during the Youth Showcase. Austin also had Daniel join him on stage for the last song “Hawaiian Superman” which has an instrumental part. (Read more) (See photos)

January 17. Ukulele Strumming Workshop at the Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

"I've been to Mele's class twice now (on Saturdays) and will surely go again. Her class is an all around good time and her big smile and positive attitude makes you believe you can "get it." She starts out with the basics, and takes the time for the students to get the different strumming styles down before moving on. You’ll learn and sing songs you’ve known since childhood. Whether you’re a newbie or an advanced student, I believe she has something to offer. Mele is a gifted teacher! I would recommend this class to anyone wanting (ukulele lessons) who lives here and wants to learn or to anyone visiting the island that wants to experience a little Hawaiiana!” -- review from Deborah F. on YELP. She was one of 8 participants, although only four had pre-registered online. (Read more) (See photos)

January 28. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)
People are starting to return after attending previous Wednesday events, and are bringing their friends. The youth showcase had the most number of performers - 6 high school students from Seabury Hall's Hawaiian ensemble and their teacher. New this time, we switched the order so that we performed right after the youth showcase, and then taught ukulele lessons. (Read more) (See photos)

February 4. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)   

The place was packed with over 120 people according to a Shops at Wailea security man. The youth showcase featured five 12-year-old girls performing as Na Pua Elima (the five flowers) who wowed the crowd with their mix of Hawaiian songs, hula, and oldies. "How can you keep smiling?" asked someone in the audience after our performance and lesson. "Because I'm having fun." New this time, people in the audience actually asked to take pictures with me. Great! (Read more) (See photos)

February 6. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.

Sixty seniors including 10 who travelled over 2-hours from Hana came to my second of three in the Oral History & Sing-Along Series known as Lunch & Learn at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The PowerPoint presentation was on King Kamehameha the Great and learning to sing songs about him and the time period. The Friday program proved popular with visitors and locals alike. (Read more)

February 11. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)

The youth showcase featured a group of 3 high school girls who sang Hawaiian songs and one of their own compositions while playing their ukulele, plus one danced hula. There was also a high school boy who played an instrumental solo, his 21-year-old teacher who also played an instrumental, and then they played a duet. New this time, we noticed children taking the free ukulele lesson.  (Read more) See photos)

February 25. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)

We started the new format without the Youth Showcase. This was easier for us and resulted in a longer concert and longer ukulele lesson. We also built-in a half-hour to talk to people, and thus ended the event at the published time instead of going overtime to accommodate questions. We had the largest crowd ever, over 150 people, with many returning from previous shows. The word is getting out about the great value for free. Starting in March, we will continue on the second and fourth Wednesdays. (Read more) (See photos)

February 28. Ukulele Strumming Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

Nine people from around the world came the workshop on a rainy Saturday. How facinating that people find me from the Netherlands, Canada, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Maui. During a downpour, one participant suggested we play "Listen to the Music of the Falling Rain" - which we did right on the spot! Next month we return to the third Saturday of the month on March 21. (Read more) (See photos)

March 6. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.

Thirty-two people came to my third of three in the Oral History & Sing-Along Series known as Lunch & Learn at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The PowerPoint presentation was on Prince Kuhio and learning to sing songs about him and the time period. The Friday program proved popular with visitors and locals alike. In fact, the program was so popular that another program was added to the series for May. (Read more)

March 7. Anniversary Celebration at Central Pacific Bank, Wailuku.

Over a hundred people came Saturday to celebrate the bank's 10th anniversary at the outdoor event where The Hawaiian Serenaders entertained. We enjoy performing at local gigs because we get paid, feel appreciated with all the great comments, and we get to eat at the event afterwards. Everybody is happy. (Read more)

March 14. Queen's Festival at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.

"Thank you for honoring the Queen," commented the president of the Ahahui Ka'ahumanu after our performance on Saturday. The Hawaiian Serenaders' program had three parts: stories about Queen Ka'ahumanu and her contributions to society, songs of Hawaiian royalty, and songs and hula about the Hawaiian Islands. Beverly Romias danced hula. Many people came to the free public show. (Read more) (See photos)

March 21. Ukulele Strumming Workshop at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (for current workshop info)

Seven people came Saturday to the monthly workshop. It was a small, but intimate group of many returning players and a few new. Questions arose about Hawaiian language and history, and thus I put on my Hawaiian history hat and told everyone about my upcoming talk and sing-along on Prince Kuhio the following Thursday at the museum. (Read more) (See photos)

March 25. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)

We all looked spiffy on Wednesday in our matching formal performance attire! We were fortunate to have two of my Advanced Ukulele class students, who also perform in our Maui Ukulele Pops Band, dance 3 hulas during our Hawaiian Serenaders show set at Ukulele Mixed Plate. Linda Ewing and Janet Rineer danced to Papalina Lahilahi, Lahainaluna, and Puamana. It felts good to put on a professional show with dancers as a bonus. (Read more) (See photos)

March 26. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

Eleven people came Thursday to my Prince Kuhio Day program on the state holiday honoring him. Nine were new people, and two were returning ukulele students (one visitor, one resident). We had our first self-proclaimed "groupies" being a couple from Oregon who had seen us at The Shops at Wailea the night before, and followed us the next day to my history program. The following morning we were pleasantly surprised to see my photo on the front page of our local newspaper plus an accompanying 2-page article!  (Read more) (See photos)



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