"Join The Shops at Wailea and Maui's favorite ukulele teacher, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele, Richard Tom and The Hawaiian Serenaders for a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz standards. Ukulele Mix Plate - a cultural series combining educational & entertaining experiences of Hawaii's national instrument and cultural treasure, the ukulele!
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays (as listed below)
At the fountain courtyard on the lower level
Free and open to the public"
----- excerpt quoted from the poster produced by The Shops at Wailea with photo by Janet Rineer on January 28, 2015.
Note: Bring your ukulele or come early to borrow a free instrument from Mele Ukulele's new store upstairs.
Experience the versatility of what can be played on the ukulele and how much fun the instrument is to play. You'll want to be an ukulele player, too! Are "UKE" having fun yet? Photo gallery. History. Reviews. Summary of Events from January-April. Selected YELP reviews by participants also in student testimonials from small group students and from private students.
January 7 Youth Showcase features three 13-yr. old students from Kalama Intermediate School, Makawao. (blog review)
January 14 Youth Showcase features 14-yr. old Anthony P. from Kihei and Austin J. from Mele Ukulele Store. (blog review)
January 28 Youth Showcase features Jon Toda with 6 members of Seabury Hall High School's Hawaiian ensemble. (blog review)
February 4 Youth Showcase features Na Pua Elima, a group of five 12-yr-olds in the 7th grade who sing and play ukulele. (blog review)
February 11 Youth Showcase features a group of 3 high school girls from different schools who sing and play, a 16-yr-old high school boy who is an instrumentalist and his 21-yr-old teacher who is also an instrumentalist. All of them have performed and placed at the Maui Youth Ukulele Players Contest at Hula Grill in Kaanapali. (blog review)
Live at Ukulele Mixed Plate - Play along to "La Bamba/Twist and Shout" on February 25, 2015
February 25 The Hawaiian Serenaders and free ukulele lesson. (blog review)
March 11 The Hawaiian Serenaders and free ukulele lesson. (Cancelled due to rain)
March 25 The Hawaiian Serenaders and free ukulele lesson. (blog review)
April 8 The Hawaiian Serenaders and free ukulele lesson. (blog review)
Summary of January - April events.
Mark and Andrea H. - Vancouver, Canada
19 April 2015 (1 lesson 14 April, plus attended 8 April Ukulele Mixed Plate)
"My wife, Andrea, mentioned that she wanted to learn to play the ukulele when she retired. I don't believe in waiting for retirement to do anything, so I bought her a ukulele for Christmas. She was thrilled and I decided to join her on this journey and bought one for myself. The local music store had a good selection of ukuleles but no support system for lessons. It's important to advance rapidly to maintain interest, so we signed up for 10 weeks of lessons locally. We enjoyed our fellow students but clearly the instructors wanted to be performers and not teachers. The owner was rude and spent much of our lesson time each week on self promotion, our "lessons" were dominated by our instructor showing off his playing skills, giving students limited opportunity to play and learn. Neither demonstrated any understanding of teaching theory.
We struggled along and learned to play some songs, enjoyed our time together while many of our fellow students quit. We went to Maui and sat in on Mele's beginner lesson at the Shops at Wailea. While in Maui we were blown away by the skill level of many performers and the people who worked in ukulele stores. We then signed up for a private lesson with Mele and received access to some pre-lesson material online. That's when we realized that we needed to unlearn almost everything we had learned at our lessons in Vancouver! We spent the day before our lesson with Mele trying to do this. Our private lesson with Mele was fantastic! We learned more in 45 minutes with her than we'd learned in ten 90 minute lessons at home! Mele's an accomplished entertainer but the focus of her lesson was on teaching us, she's a professional instructor, who demonstrates a masters level of teaching theory.
For anyone learning anything, I recommend learning correctly from the start to avoid the inefficiency of having to unlearn bad habits and techniques that will not work as you advance. We're going to continue by taking lessons with Mele on line. Thanks Mele!"
Barbara Shields - Victoria, B.C.
18 April 2015 (after 1st lesson April, plus 8 April Ukulele Mixed Plate)
"It was our second day in Maui and we went to see the entertainment at the shops of Wailea on the Wednesday night. Mele and her husband entertained us for the first hour with Hawaiian singing, playing the ukulele and Hawaiian dancing that was a fabulous show! Then Mele gave a Ukulele lesson. She is a fabulous teacher and makes it seem so easy to learn. She had the whole group of us playing and singing songs very quickly and I had so much fun!! I realized then how easy it was to learn to play the Ukulele. I had always wanted to play one but never believed that I could do it but after that lesson with Mele, I realized that I could play and have a lot of fun doing it!! I made the decision that I was going to buy one and take a lesson from Mele. I spoke to Mele after that lesson and she recommended that I purchase my Ukulele upstairs in the Mele Ukulele store right at the shops of Wailea, so upstairs I went and I came out with my very own ukulele. I made an appointment for a private lesson with Mele and learned a lot in my one lesson. I am going for my second lesson next week and I am really looking forward to it. Thank you Mele. You have been a real inspiration to me and made me realize that I could do it!!"
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