Mele Fong and her husband Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders – sing Haleakala in English and play ukulele and u-bass over photos of a backpacking trip into Maui’s dormant volcano as part of Mele’s job as Assistant Superintendent of Haleakala National Park. #playuke #ukulelemusic #hapahaolesongs
Mele’s arrangement of Haleakala is in C with Pick in 4 Strum for ‘ukulele.
This contemporary song about Maui’s Mountain was recorded by Dennis Pavao singing and playing it on his CD “The Golden Voice of Hawaii, Vol. 1” that was released in 2004. Pavao was one of several Hawaiian musicians who, during the 1970s, led a Hawaiian music renaissance reviving the Hawaiian falsetto style of singing. Along with his cousins, Ledward and Nedward Ka’apana, Pavao formed the group Hui ‘Ohana, who became known as the falsetto group in Hawai’i. After the trio disbanded, Pavao pursued a solo career. He died in 2002, age 50.
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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!