Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Hawaiian War Chant. Learn how to form on-base ukulele chords in the key of C with 5-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest Strum and Latin 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: 2:45
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 4:46
This traditional Hawaiian song was written by Prince Leleiohoku in the 1860s and titled “Kaua I Ka Huahuai” or “we two in the Spray.” The Hawaiian lyrics describe two palace lovers who met in secret. In 1936, composer Johnny Noble borrowed the melody from this song, left the original Hawaiian lyrics as they were, Ralph Freed added english lyrics, and named the song “Hawaiian War Chant.” Tommy Dorsey recorded the song in its modern form on November 29, 1938, and it was released on Victor Records in the United States and Canada. Hilo Hattie sang it in her shows in Hawaii.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Hawaiian War Chant with I Wanna Rest Strum and Latin Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/17CA56gXnQX_01o6v14MqKGdFzp40DuND/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Hawaiian War Chant | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/USy9Gikh0IA
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story
Hawaiian War Chant (‘Ukulele fun at Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals) – https://youtu.be/rwlBYO7X-MA
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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!