Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 9-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest 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. 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: 1:19
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 4:00
This Hawaiian song was written by Mary Pulaa Robins for the grand opening of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on February 1, 1927. The song tells of its luxury accommodations and beauty located along the beach at Waikiki. Known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” due to its rose-colored exterior and Spanish-Moorish architecture, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel served as the island playground for the world's rich and famous.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Royal Hawaiian Hotel with I Wanna Rest Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/120URxmH1AXTGEQQdaLJ6C9iQhp8B_ZlF/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Royal Hawaiian Hotel by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/SdNoQ5QI0dk
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel (The Pink Palace of the Pacific) – https://youtu.be/y58aeAFaKQA
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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!