Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele tells the story behind the Hawaiian song Na Alii. Composed by Samuel Kuahiwi in 1928, the song pays tribute to Hawaii’s departed chiefs. The song tells two famous sayings. The first saying is Kamehameha the Great’s Law of the Splintered Paddle that guaranteed safe passage for women, children, and the infirm. The second saying is Kamehameha III’s statement that became Hawaii’s motto.
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RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story
Na Alii (Hawaii’s Royal Legacy) – https://youtu.be/oWWSw6z1S2M
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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!