Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Hawaii Aloha. Learn how to form on-base ukulele chords in the key of C with 5-chords, and how to strum the unique Morse Code 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: 0:51
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 2:46
One of the most important songs in Hawaii was written by a missionary in the 1800s at the request of a Hawaiian king. As the story goes, King Kamehameha IV loved the music from a Scottish hymn so much that he asked missionary Lorenzo Lyons to rewrite the words and place the new song in a Hawaiian hymn book. Today, this traditional Hawaiian song is typically sung at the end of a public gathering to signal the end of the event. At the end of the song, it is customary to raise your arms over your head to sing the final refrain. This arrangement follows the common version of singing the first verse and chorus twice.
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Hawaii Aloha | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/WExqUqqPt20
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Sing-Along with Ukulele Mele | Hawaii Aloha – https://youtu.be/UsL_71HWFH4
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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!