Mele Fong teaches how to play the hapa haole song On the Beach at Waikiki. Learn how to form on-base ukulele chords in the keys of C and F with 7-chords, and how to strum the unique Hum Ding-Ah 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: 1:05
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:41
This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) is a fun song about Waikiki Beach, once the playground for Hawaiian royalty. Published in 1915, the song was first performed at the Pan-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and became the best seller of all Hawaiian songs. It made Waikiki famous and ushered in Hawaii’s early tourism industry as people wanted to be where the song was all about. More than 17 million people visited the seven-month exposition that celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal. The Hawaii pavilion featured a hula show and was the first time Americans heard the ‘ukulele and Hawaiian music being played outside of the Hawaiian Islands.
LEARN THE STORY behind this hapa haole song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | On the Beach at Waikiki | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/FwjvNyUCeco
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story:
On The Beach at Waikiki (Hawaii’s hit song and early days of tourism) – https://youtu.be/L9NY48W4Zc0
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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!