Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Kuu Pua I Paoakalani. Learn how to form on-base ukulele chords in the key of D with 6-chords, and how to strum the unique Pick in 4 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.
Learn the strum
Learn the chords: 1:04
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:29
This traditional Hawaiian song was composed by Queen Liliuokalani during the nine months she was imprisoned at Iolani Palace after the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. One day, a basket arrived with flowers that grew at Paoakalani, her home in Waikiki. The Queen was so inspired that she wrote this song and dedicated it to the boy who brought the basket to her.
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Kuu Pua I Paoakalani | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/ejsp3TMIRh0
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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!