Mele Fong teaches how to play the hapa haole song Hawaii Calls. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 6-chords, and how to strum the unique Bossa Nova Strum. 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 on the timestamp for “watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along.”
Learn the strum
Learn the chords: 1:06
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:30
This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) was written in 1936 by Harry Owens, Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra band leader, and was broadcast over the radio airwaves on the program of the same name. Born in Nebraska, Owens blended Hawaiian music and mainland ballads to produce a new sound called hapa haole music which was developed by Sonny Cunha and Johnny Noble. Few individuals gave Hawaiian music more exposure in the 20th century than Harry Owens with his compositions, records, support of Hawaiian musicians, and the radio program Hawaii Calls.
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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!