Mele Fong teaches how to play the Hawaiian song Pua Lilia. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 8-chords, and how to strum two unique Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up Strum Up and Chicken Pluck Pluck. 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: 1:36
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:26
This Hawaiian song compares a loved one to the fragrant lily flower found in the forests. Published in 1916, the song was written by Alfred Alohikea (1884-1936), best known as the composer laureate of Kauai where he spent most of his life. A handsome ladies' man, Alohikea often sailed between the islands to trade fish and taro. As the story goes, there was a “lily” on each of the islands waiting for him. According to Honolulu Magazine's issue The 50 Greatest Songs, Pua Lilia is considered to be one of Hawaii's most erotic love songs.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Pua Lilia with 2 Waltz Strums for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n68SrZ_1GnehUY9-aeMxYHFVhLpXwua9/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Pua Lilia by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/EJQjCwY68hA
RELATED VIDEO – for student performance in lieu of a trip to Japan
Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia | Maui Ukulele Pops Band | led by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/awN77cqhpFA
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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!