Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Koni Au I Ka Wai. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of C modulating to F with 6-chords, and how to strum the unique Hum Ding-Ah 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. Plus, an end screen was added to the original video published on 8/7/2022 with 151 views as of 8/18/2023 when it was unlisted. 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: 1:03
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:37
This traditional Hawaiian party song was composed by king david Kalakaua under his pen name “Figgs” in 1888 and published by Charles E. King in 1916. Known as the Merrie Monarch for his love of Hawaiian music and hula, Kalakaua also promoted playing the new instrument introduced by the Portuguese in 1879 that evolved into the ‘ukulele. This arrangement includes words from another song that is often sung together with Koni Au I Ka Wai and omits the additional verses from the original song.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Koni Au I Ka Wai with Hum Ding-Ah Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UL6xy1Ka_UF7UhKNWgwG_kcCkzPAlIym/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this traditional Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Koni Au I Ka Wai | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/A9Sk6pv1EGc
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story:
Koni Au I Ka Wai (Maui ‘Ukulele Festivals) – https://youtu.be/PxcWWt0Qluc
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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!