Twenty-six people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Folk Songs on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better on Maui.
During the “Hawaiian History Moment of the Month” we talked about two royal birthdays that are celebrated in March. Queen Kaahumanu was born on March 17, 1768 and was the favorite wife of King Kamehameha the Great. The Ahahui Kaahumanu, a royal society of Native Hawaiian women, have a public program honoring the Queen for her birthday. Prince Jonah Kuhio was born on March 26, 1871 and represented the Territory of Hawaii as delegate to the U.S. Congress. The state of Hawaii honors the Prince with a state holiday on his birthday.
We continued the “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room for singers and ‘ukulele players to see. My husband accompanied us on his u-bass. We sang each song twice.
We sang the following songs during the new 70-minute program:
- Medley: 3 Spirituals – This Train/Will The Circle Be Unbroken/When The Saints.
- Puff the Magic Dragon.
- Green, Green.
- Lion Sleeps Tonight.
- Leaving On A Jet Plane.
- Cotton Fields.
- Michael Row The Boat Ashore.
- If I Had a Hammer.
- 500 Miles.
- Hawaii Aloha.
You can listen to audio recordings of some of the songs we played and more on my website at https://ukulelemeleonmaui.com/meles-music/. You can also watch videos of some of our sing-along programs and more on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/melefong/
The next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hula Songs will be on Thursday, April 16 at Kaunoa Senior Center.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele