Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Akaka Falls. Learn how to form on and off base ukulele chords in the key of D modulating to C with 11-chords, and how to strum two unique Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up Strum Up and Chicken Pluck Pluck. See images of the ukulele chords on the video as you watch close-up views of Mele’s fingers forming and changing chords while strumming and listen to Mele singing the song as you play along. PDF song sheets available upon request.
If you want to skip the ukulele lesson and jump to listening and/or playing along to the song, click the timestamp for “watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along.”
Learn the strum
Learn the chords: 1:33
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 4:16
This traditional Hawaiian song was written by Helen Parker in 1934. It is also known as “Ka Wailele ‘O ‘Akaka” and tells of a place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Legend says a man named ‘Akaka leapt from the heights of a 442-foot waterfall and his two lovers Lehua and Maile, could not stop their crying. Today, the women are disguised as two smaller waterfalls in a nearby ravine.
This song arrangement of Akaka Falls uses the first three of four original verses, plus an added “Ha’ina” verse from the He Mele Aloha Songbook (two more verses from the songbook that were not in the original music were omitted).
LEARN THE LEGEND and love story behind a waterfall on the Big Island of Hawaii in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Akaka Falls | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/gqnJ7kz0izg
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Native Hawaiian Mele Fong from Maui is an experienced educator and professional entertainer with over 50 years experience playing the ‘ukulele – Hawaii’s official instrument. Are UKE having fun yet? Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way!