Mele Fong teaches how to play the hapa haole song Hawaii Calls. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 6-chords, and how to strum the unique Bossa Nova 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. There are 3 additional chords at the ending which are noted in the song sheets, but not on the chord display board. 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: 1:06
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:30
This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) was written in 1936 by Harry Owens, Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra band leader, and was broadcast over the radio airwaves on the program of the same name. Born in Nebraska, Owens blended Hawaiian music and mainland ballads to produce a new sound called hapa haole music which was developed by Sonny Cunha and Johnny Noble. Few individuals gave Hawaiian music more exposure in the 20th century than Harry Owens with his compositions, records, support of Hawaiian musicians, and the radio program Hawaii Calls.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Hawaii Calls with Bossa Nova Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H2W17xDbPXdON9SU8qluDgQzje6NWzrV/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this hapa haole song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Hawaii Calls | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/C4iPk0SEA_k
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story
Medley: Hawaii Calls / Singing Bamboo (Sharing aloha in Washington, DC) – https://youtu.be/q9PXugj0koA
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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!