Mele Fong teaches how to play an easy 3-chord song for beginning ukulele players – Kaulana Na pua. Learn how to form home base chords of F and C7, how to form off base chord of Bb, and how to strum the unique Morse Code Strum. In this revised video, see images of the ukulele chords on the video as Mele teaches how to form them and as she sings and plays the song. Play along by downloading the song sheets below. Note: the video shows the G7 chord, but that is a mistake.
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: 1:01
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 2:23
This traditional Hawaiian song was written by Ellen Wright Prendergast in 1893. It means famous are the flowers and is a protest song that opposes the annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States. In 1998, the song Kaulana Na Pua was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, the non-profit corporation established in 1994 that honors individuals, groups, institutions, chanters, and songs.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Kaulana Na Pua with Morse Code Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/11TI8ymnt9Vvn6q-wRrZmKe0TuXtz-xTb/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Kaulana Na Pua | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/Td-LGEepZ9c
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Kaulana Na Pua (Mele's Hawaiian history talks & more) – https://youtu.be/bNFiKZuPSgk
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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!