Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Kaimana Hila. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 8-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: 1:07
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:33
This traditional Hawaiian song was published by Charles E. King in 1916 and relates the adventures of a group of friends on holiday on Oahu. The original song has seven verses that follow the group to Kaalawai (land below Diamond Head), Kapiolani Park (known for its horse race track), Waikiki, Makee Ailana (an island in Kapiolani Park), Seaside Hotel, Ainahau (estate of Princess Likelike), and then ends. This arrangement uses the most popular four verses that hula dancers follow today.
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Kaimana Hila | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/2wy1QJ94hp0
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story:
Kaimana Hila (Hawai’i’s Prince Kuhio) – https://youtu.be/_rvnY92EeEQ
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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!