Mele Fong teaches how to play the hapa haole song Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of C with 13-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest 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.
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: 1:07
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:46
This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) was written in 1919 by F.B. Silverwood and David Linderman. The subtitle “Honolulu Expects you in 1922” is written on the original sheet music. It was issued under the sanction of the Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu by Aloha Temple, probably for a Shriners Convention that year.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again with I Wanna Rest Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kgfpQii_gfF7_HqRF8NQPj6Q6noHXMkb/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this hapa haole song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/rJ41z5cJD2w
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story
Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again (‘Ukulele events on Oahu) – https://youtu.be/V9UP1HXSpo8
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