Serenader Hula Show for Women Helping Women

The Hawaiian Serenaders had 6 hula dancers for our show at the Women Helping Women event on October 14

“Do you have a CD? ” and “Your voice is so good” were some of the comments received after our 1-hour show with 6 hula dancers from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele and vocals, entertained people attending the Women Helping Women-Domestic Violence Prevention event. We were there because one of my ukulele students who dances hula asked us to play music so her hula sisters from Na Kupuna of Kaunoa could participate in the event. It’s for a good cause, so we agreed. We offered our house for one rehearsal together on Monday, October 9 which was the first time we met most of the dancers. The ladies take hula classes from kumu Lucky Cabral at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better (where I also teach ukulele classes and more). After the program, we were treated to lunch with the ladies which was good fun, too.

At the Center we met the new sound person, Kealoha, a young woman who told us she proposed to management the purchase of a new digital sound system – hurray! It is expected to arrive next year. The acoustics around center stage bounces all over the open space so a new sound system with better directed speakers will be a welcome change.

Here is the mix of music we performed (same set we did for Thursday gig at the Grand Wailea):

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. Hanalei Moon – with hula
  3. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells
  4. Hula o Makee – with hula
  5. Lahainaluna
  6. On The Beach at Waikiki
  7. Ka Ulu Wehi O Ke Kai – with hula
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia
  9. Under the Boardwalk/Palm Tree
  10. Papalina Lahilahi – with hula
  11. Lahaina
  12. Lovely Hula Hands
  13. Ulupalakua – with hula
  14. Fly Me To The Moon
  15. Girl From Ipanema
  16. Puamana – with hula

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.