Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele tells the story behind the Hawaiian song Pua Lilia. This song compares a loved one to the fragrant lily flower found in the forests. Published in 1916, the song was written by Alfred Alohikea (1884-1936), best known as the composer laureate of Kauai where he spent most of his life. A handsome ladies’ man, Alohikea often sailed between the islands to trade fish and taro. As the story goes, there was a “lily” on each of the islands waiting for him. According to Honolulu Magazine’s issue The 50 Greatest Songs, Pua Lilia is considered to be one of Hawaii’s most erotic love songs.
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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!