Husband and wife duo sing and play ukulele and u-bass
Mele Fong and Richard Tom of the husband and wife duo The Hawaiian Serenaders are masters of musical diversity and multiple strumming styles for the ‘ukulele. The Serenaders sing and play ‘ukulele and u-bass to Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites to showcase the versatility of Hawai’i’s official instrument. The Serenaders are artists with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program and have represented the state of Hawai’i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Rich and Mele have been entertaining audiences together on the mainland and Maui since their marriage in 1994 and are both Hawai’i born and raised. On Maui, the Serenaders played the visitor and hotel circuit from 2004 and continue to entertain as requested. The Serenaders also lead the Maui Ukulele Pops Band (45 shows from 2009-2019) and the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio (16 shows from 2011-2017). Contact Mele for information.
The Hawaiian Serenaders performed “I’ll Remember You” as part of a Celebration of Life program in Arizona in October 2016 to remember our friend Rod Minami who died that year.
“Beautiful Sunday afternoon! Mahalo Mele and Rich and the lovely hula ladies for making it more special! Brought back memories of my very first visit to the islands 40 years ago. Remembering the sweet music, the scent of plumeria, the warm colors of Aloha wear, feeling welcome like ohana and why I made this place home.” – Elaine M., 10 April 2016 (Maui Made Sundays).
“You sound better than the solo ‘ukulele players we heard last night at George Kahumoku Jr.’s concert series in Na Pili,” commented Fred Litt after The Hawaiian Serenaders show on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.
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