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Richard Tom and Mele Fong perform professionally as the husband-wife duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders. They play 'ukulele and u-bass and sing a variety of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and jazz favorites with a specialty in nostalgic boat days music. 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 are both Hawai'i born and raised.
UPCOMING EVENT TO HEAR US FOR FREE - March 18 at 1 p.m. Queen's Festival 2017 (cancelled due to sickness)
The Hawaiian Serenaders can provide background music, shows, and a combination of group 'ukulele lessons with private concert.
SONG SAMPLES - click on titles
- Hawaiian songs: 'Ulupalakua, Ku'u Morning Dew
- Hapa haole songs (Hawaiian style music with English words):
Yellow Bird, My Little Grass Shack, Hukilau
- Local favorites: Maui Waltz, Dahil Saiyo, Sukiyaki
- Pop standards: In This Life, Hey Good Lookin'
- Jazz standards: Girl From Ipanema
CUSTOMIZE YOUR MEMORABLE MUSICAL EVENT ON MAUI TODAY!
- For wedding receptions and other private parties from small to large corporate events.
- For acoustic (not amplified) settings to venues up to 250 people where we provide our Bose PA system.
- Performing Hawaiian music or a mix of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop and jazz songs.
- For background music, shows, or a combination of group 'ukulele lessons and private concert.
- For concerts and 'Ukulele Strumming Workshops in your part of the world, check out Workshops Will Travel
Enjoy a video taken of The Hawaiian Serenaders and Ukulele Mele performing and teaching "La Bamba/Twist and Shout" during a free group 'ukulele lesson during Ukulele Mixed Plate event at The Shops at Wailea in 2015:
HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST MAUI PERFORMANCES:
Strolling to engage visitors with Hawaiian culture
• NCL’s MV Pride of Aloha inter-island cruise in Hawaii
• Grand Wailea Resort "Humu" Restaurant on Maui
Offering educational shows about the music of Hawaii:
• Hawaii schools, libraries, and senior centers sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program.
PAST EVENTS 2016
February 14 from 12-1 p.m. Keawala'i Congregational Church Silent Auction and Luncheon. (blog review)
April 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (blog review)
April 10 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (blog review)
April 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (blog review)
June 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Family Ukulele Lesson and Concert at Polo Beach Club, Wailea. (blog review)
September 16-17. Maui Marathon in Kaanapali. (announcement) (blog review)
November 12. 9th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition (2 group performances) (review).
November 17. "Story of the 'Ukulele and Concert" at Kaunoa Senior Center. (review).
PAST EVENTS 2015
January 7, 14, and 28 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
February 4, 11, and 25 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
March 7, Central Pacific Bank 10th anniversary celebration from 12-12:30 p.m. in Wailuku. (blog review)
March 11 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate. (Cancelled due to rain).
March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Queen's Festival at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului. (blog review) (photos)
March 25 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
April 8 from 6-8 p.m. Ukulele Mixed Plate.
June 13 from 1-3 p.m. Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Field in Olinda. (blog review)
June 28 from 12-1 p.m. Kokua I Ka Hale Pule (Ka'ahumanu Church benefit) at the Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (blog review)
September 18 at 2:30 p.m. and September 19 at 12:30 p.m. Maui Marathon Exposition at Westin Kaanapali Beach Resort. (blog review)
October 2 from 5-6 p.m. Kokua I Ka Hale Pule (Ka'ahumanu Church benefit) at Wailuku Community Center.
November 14. Maui Ukulele Guild Exposition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului. (blog review)
PAST EVENTS 2014 - CD Released (Blog post)
Sunday, April 13. Sunday Brunch show as part of the Annual Steel Guitar Festival, 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Kaanapali Beach Hotel. (Reviews and photos).
Saturday, May 17. Ukulele Explosion aka Sam's Upcountry Jam and BBQ, Kalama School, Makawao. Event 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; we performed at 3:30 p.m. (Review).
Saturday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. Celebration of Bailey, Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (Blog post review).
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, Maui Marathon, Kaanapali. (Blog post review).
Saturday, November 8. Ukulele Guild Event, Queen Kaahumanu Center, Kahului.
Tuesday, December 9. Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce General Meeting, Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu.
PAST EVENTS 2013 (includes video highlights of the year)
Winter: (January - March 2013)
March 16. Queen's Festival (Serenaders and Jazz Trio) at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.
March 30. Ukulele Explosion (workshop and Serenaders show) at Kalama Intermediate School, Makawao.
Spring: (April - June 2013)
April 13. Education Center Grand Opening music at Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Kahului.
April 21. Sunday brunch concert at Kaanapali Beach Hotel for Maui Steel Guitar Festival.
April 27. Maui Business Brainstormers Event (The Hawaiian Serenaders) at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm, Lahaina.
Summer: (July - September 2013)
August 30. Concert "Ukulele Tour of the Hawaiian Islands" at Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska.
August 30-September 2. Homer Ukulele Players Event, Homer, Alaska.
September 1. Concert "Ukulele Mixed Plate: Hawaiian, Pops, & Jazz Favorites" at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, AK.
September 21-22. Maui Marathon (3 venues by The Hawaiian Serenaders) in Ka'anapali.
Fall: (October - December 2013)
October 11. Kaunoa Senior Center Ho'olaulea (Advanced class and Serenaders) in Spreckelsville.
November 15. The Hawaiian Serenaders Concert, West Maui Senior Center, Lahaina.