Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Hula O Makee. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of G with 7-chords, and how to strum the unique Olapa 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: 0:58
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:56
This traditional Hawaiian song tells the true story of the ship Makee floundering on the reef off Kauai, discovered there by the ship Malulani. A well-known steersman, Hailama, was called to steer the Makee off the reef, which he did, but the ship was too badly damaged and sank. Several versions of this song were published in 1903, one with eight verses. This arrangement has some of the most popular verses that hula dancers use today.
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Hula O Makee | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/DXdly38o9wo
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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!