Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song I Kona. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of C with 8-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest 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: 1:00
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:49
This traditional Hawaiian song was composed by George Kelepolo in the 1920s and praises Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The song is a favorite among Hawaiian falsetto singers because of its vocal range.
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | I Kona | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/AikUYUxQNpo
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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!