Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Aloha ‘oe. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 5-chords, and how to strum the unique Morse Code Strum. Mele sings in Hawaiian, so you do not need to. 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.
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: 0:56
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:11
This traditional Hawaiian song was composed in 1878 by Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last monarch. She wrote the song on the way home from a horseback riding trip on Oahu as she witnessed two lovers bidding farewell in a fond embrace. Aloha ‘Oe is the first Hawaiian song to be recognized outside of the islands. This arrangement uses the English line “A fond embrace before I now depart” from Chas. E. King's 1923 arrangement and omits two verses from the original song.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Aloha Oe with Morse Code Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TmGDXkvjHLNDMy1wFB04-umUBGpz6lII/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY of two lovers bidding farewell in a fond embrace in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Aloha ‘Oe | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/cPW6AT9eBig
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story: Aloha Oe (Queen Lili'uokalani and her home) | Hawaiian Music by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/qAsTdl36Ezs
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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!