By The Hawaiian Serenaders
The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband and wife duo of Richard Tom and Mele Fong showcased the versatility of Hawai’i’s official instrument by presenting a Pop & Jazz ‘Ukulele Concert on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui. The Serenaders sang and played ‘ukulele and u-bass to a mix of songs from the swing era of the 30s-40s, Broadway, 60s rock ‘n’ roll, country, and jazz, including songs on the banjo-uke popular in the 1920s. Twenty-four songs were performed with the concert lasting 1 ½ hours. The concert was co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program.
There was a full house of sixty-eight people who signed up for the concert including a bus load from Hana (2 ½ hours away) celebrating Aunty Louisa Pu’s 83rd birthday with family and friends on this side of the island. Toward the end of the concert we acknowledged Aunty Louisa and led everyone in singing Happy Birthday in English and Hawaiian. The concert celebrated Mele’s 10th year teaching classes at Kaunoa plus our 25th wedding anniversary and 25+ years of performing music together.
“It was awesome! I was amazed at some of those chord changes you had in several songs! I really liked the banjo ‘ukulele. I thought your brief explanations of the different ‘ukulele were helpful to the audience.” — Written comments from Lee Ann Shigezawa.
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SEE THE SONG LIST AND READ THE REVIEW >> For the concert
SERENADERS VIDEOS >> on Mele’s YouTube Channel