121314: Kanikapila at UFOhana HQ this friday . . .

Aloha UFOhana! After another busy weekend of Christmas Cheer and Joy Ukulele Style. We’ve decided to host a “Christmas Pajamas and or Ugly Christmas Sweater Night” here are UFOhana HQ. Linda and I decided that rather than having everyone dress up fancy like for our Christmas Celebration we’d have everyone ‘dress down’ and come in your most comfortable Christmas Themed PJ. We’ll save the fancy dress maybe for New Years? Anyway, if you’re not ‘comfortable’ with PJs, come wearing your Gaudiest/Loudest/Most Interesting/Ugliest Christmas Sweater or maybe even your Nicest? After all if beauty is in the eye of the . . . then where is Ugly in? Btw, Nohea wants to pass on that she’s spotted a good collection of Christmas PJs at our San Rafael Local Goodwill for very reasonable prices. So get them while they’re hot!

If this is your first time attending, email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws and I will send an information sheet out your way. Run time is 7pm to 10/11ish or until the last one drops. BYKauKau (Pot Luck, preferably some kind of main dish), BYOBeverage, BYOGear (music stands, book lights, maybe a chair too, just in case) and always Bring Enough Aloha to share with everyone.

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This Friday was Special Christmas Dinner Night at the Elks Lodge and the UFOhana was asked to Kanikapila there once again  (click collage for album photos). Of course, along with Christmas Carols, we were paid a visit by the “Man in Red” . . . no not Joe!

121214 Elks Christmas Kanikapila

The following morning we were asked to perform that the Fairfax Craft Faire . . .

121314 UFOhana at the Fairfax Craft Faire

Such a great and fun filled Community Event! Mahalo to Jack for allowing us to share in this event. An hour later we were off to the Sleeping Lady and another pack house full of Ukulele Pilots ready for take off! We were once again graced by hula from Hula Mai members of Sonoma County . . . not to mention a first time ever Buckets of Rain Solo from our very own UFOhana Keiki Pilot Mark!

Btw, this Saturday at the Sleeping Lady. My Non-profit, PIKO, will be present Awards and Gifts to Lynette Bosey’s Ukulele Class and to one of her students. Also, we will be circulating a Wedding card for our favorite Bar Tender, Bethany, who will be flying to Alaska for her wedding. We ask that everyone donate a little something to help make her Christmas “Merry and Bright . . . “.

121314 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

I want to add,  since we’re on the topic of Sleeping Lady, that Eli (sometime Saturday Bartender) is a fantastic musician and is about to release a CD of original compositions. Btw, Eli was our 1st Place Winner, Adult Division, at our 2013 Hele On Ukulele Competition. You can check out Eli at his blog: http://physicalsuicidedeterrentsystemproject.com/ . . . I know . . .  he says it’s pretty heavy duty stuff and not for the feint of heart but very interesting pieces.

Rivers of sadness,
Wash down into placid seas,
Happiness returns  . . .

Stay Dry out there everyone! See you in your PJ’s this Friday!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


120814: We’re at the elks this friday . . .

Aloha UFOhana. We’ll be meeting in the dining area at the Elks. Run time 7p-10p. Special dinner menu is as follows (from Joe Tato and crew):

If you plan to join us this Friday, December 12th at 7PM for our Annual Family Holiday we’ll need your RSVPs by Thursday 5PM.   This is a served dinner please arrive on time.  Reservations are required.  $25 adults/$10 kids

The two menu options are:
1) Smoked Grilled Pork Chop, Potato Cake, Braised Red Cabbage, and Caramelized Apples
2) Panko-Crusted Salmon with Yellow Mole, Stewed Black Beans and Yellow Squash Noodles

Both courses start with a salad and end with a dessert. 

Kids menu:
Grilled Burgers and Fries.

Holiday music by the Ukulele Friends Ohana and a visit from Santa following dinner.  When making your reservation please communicate if you have children joining us (boy or girl and ages).

Please reserve by calling our lodge secretary at 415-454-8835 or email secretary@elks1108.org

Activities Committee
Joe, Tad, Justin, Karin and Del

As usual is BYOGear (music stands, music lights, etc.) and as always BYAloha!

By the way, this Saturday, Dec. 13th, we’ve been invited to perform at the Fairfax Craft-Faire 12p – 1p at the Pavilion. Please be there no later than 11:30a if you’ll be performing with us. If you have them, bring your 2014 Winter Flight Manual from the Mill Valley festival.  After the Fairfax Faire it’s onward to the Sleeping Lady Right.

We had a busy weekend this past week and here are the images to prove it. Just click the collages to view the Albums….

First there was Friday Kanikapila at the UFO HQ:
1-120514 Friday Kanikapila
We were paid a surprise visit by member of Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau, Hula Mai. Making for a full night of Hula and Mele . . .

Second was Sleeping Lady Kanikapila:
1-120614 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila
As if one night of Kanikapila wasn’t enough, we got to do again at the Sleeping Lady . . .

Then onto the Mill Valley Winterfest Tree Lighting Gig:

The Uke Pilots made sure that Mill Valley rocked with Christmas Tunes, Hula, and lots of Aloha. I believe the ‘Ohana was very well received by the Mill Valley-nites. Mahalo Nui Loa to Tucker for introducing Ukulele ‘The Town’ and to all the ‘Ohanas for being the bestest Ukulele Pilots in the Bay Area! Mahalo to Charlotte, Linda, Marion, Leslie and the Ina Kanoe Dancers for their beautiful Hulas.

We’ll that’s enough for now. Hope you’re having a great week and see you folks at the next Kanikapila(s) . . .

Hands move gracefully,
Following movements in time,
Eyes glisten with joy . . .

Malama Pono,


120314: Kanikapila at UFO HQ this Friday


Aloha All,
They are having a special fundraising event at the Campbell Hall this Saturday and need to prep it Friday night. As a result, we’ve moved the Kanikapila to UFO HQ this Friday.  Run time 7pm – the last one stops strumming. BYKaukau (some kind of main dish and/or a dessert), BYOGear (mainly music stands, and a folding chair, just in case) and of course BYOAloha to share with the ‘Ohana.

I sent an email out earlier this week about this. But if you didn’t get it or just don’t have the address and are interested in attending this Friday, send me an email at Kaleikoa@piko.ws .  Keep in mind that I don’t check emails after 4pm Friday as we’re usually prepping for the Kanikapila at that time.

In that same email I also mentioned that we’ve been invited by Tucker to perform with the Ukulele Jubilee at the Mill Valley 2014 Winterfest this Sunday, Dec. 7th. We’ll be performing at the Depot Plaza, 85 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley, CA. Performance time is 4:30pm (NOT 4:45 as listed on the their website) to 5:15pm. Please be there by 4:00pm for stage setup. In the email I sent around this week was a PDF of the Flight Manual for the event (for those of you who want to practice before the event).  I will bring printed and bound manuals to the event as well. Btw, don’t forget to bring ‘Wind Clips’ in case it starts to blow. Being it’s Mill Valley and parking is always at a premium, Car Pooling is highly recommend. Also, since we’ll be performing later in the day and it’s Mill Valley so you may want to dress warm and in layers. BYOGear, and remember the UFOhana’s 5th Rule, “Bring it so you won’t need it”. There will be a tented stage, but it is still out doors. Mahalo to Tucker for the invite and to both he and Rick for help with the songs for this event.

THEN . . . . . next Saturday, Dec. 13, we’ve been invited to perform at the Fairfax Pavilion for their Annual Winter Craft Fair. Performance times 12p – 1p, after which we pack up and power down to the Sleeping Lady for more Ukulele Jamming. Please be there no later than 11:30p for stage setup. We’ll probably use the same flight manual from the Mill Valley event . . .

Ok, here are the images from last week. Click the collages below for album access.

Friday Night Kanikapila at the Elks:
1-112814 Kanikapila at the Elks

Sleeping Lady Kanikapila:

1-112914 Sleeping Lady Kanikapila

There are more events coming down the pipe so keep checking back here for details . . .

Clouds heavy with rain,
Azure blue pierce the darkness,
A Rainbow’s promise.

Malama Pono All,


112614: Kanikapila at the elks this Friday


Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i UFOhana! Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving and quality time with your ‘Ohana.

We’ll be gathering at the Elks this Friday. Usual start and end time of 7p – 10p. Not sure what’s on the menu just yet. But Joe Tato says it’ll probably be, “Anything but Turkey”. BYOGear and BYAloha of course. Mahalo once again to the Elks for Hosting us!

It was a full weekend of UFOhana events last week. Click on collages below to view albums of the events.

Below: Last week’s Friday Night Kanikapila at UFOhana HQ . . .

1-112114 Friday Kanikapila

Saturday was the SOSL (Support Our Sleeping Lady) Kanikapila. Mahalo to all of you and to Betty Ann Bruno from bringing her Halau to help support and sharing your Aloha at the Sleeping Lady Fund Raiser…

1-112214 Sleeping Lady KanikapilaFund Raiser

Sunday was the Elks Thanksgiving Dinner and Blue Star Moms events…


That does it for now. Wish you all a great time your families and hope to see you at the Elks this Friday.

Mahalo Nui,
Words of great thanks from beyond,
Shared with ‘Ohana . . .

From Nohea and myself. We give thanks to Akua for our wonderful UFOhana and our friends at the Elks and Sleeping Lady.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,


111814: Kanikapila at UFOhana HQ this friday . . .


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Thought I get this out sooner than later. We’ll be gathering the UFOhana Headquarters  (our home) this Friday. Email me at kaleikoa@piko.ws if you need instruction to UFO HQ.  It’ll be a night of BYKaukau (Main dish or dessert), BYOChair (just in case we don’t have enough), BYOGear and of course, BYAloha to share with everyone else.

This Saturday (November 22) is S.O.S.L.  (Support Our Sleeping Lady) Day, aka a Fund Raiser for Sleeping Lady. We’ll be passing around a calabash donation bowl at the Kanikapila and ask that everyone donate no less $5 to Wahine Moemoe (Sleeping Lady). Please pass this onto your own ‘Ohana, invite them to come and Kanikapila or just spectate, enjoy the Kanikapila and help support Sleeping Lady. I understand that there will be other performers coming in after our 2p-4p gig doing like wise. Let’s all help keep this wonderful ‘Ukulele Friendly Venue open!

Below are the links (click the collages) for the CHEMPI fund raiser at the Elks and yet another fun Saturday at the Sleeping Lady . . .

Mahalo Nui Loa to the Elks (Mike, Stewart, Dennis, Joe, Tad, Mark, Karina, Sarah and many others) for allowing the UFOhana to participate in their fundraiser. Mike and Elaine were feature artists at the CHEMPI dinner singing, “Wind Beneath Your Wings” . . . beautiful!

1-111404 Elks Kanikapila

Also, for those of you interested please note the following from Joe Tato:

From: Joseph Tato <j_tato@yahoo.com>
Subject: Lodge Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Blue Star Mom Packing/Donation Drive-Nov 23
Date: November 16, 2014 at 8:37:29 PM PST
Cc: Tad Inouye <
tadinouye@gmail.com>, “karinludwig@comcast.com” <karinludwig@comcast.com>, Justin Kaufman <jksfbay@gmail.com>, “Delfin D. Medina Jr.” <dmedina@comcast.net>, Secretary #1108 <secretary@elks1108.org>

Reply-To: Joseph Tato <j_tato@yahoo.com>

Please join us at the lodge this Sunday, November 23 at 6PM for our annual San Rafael Elks Thanksgiving Dinner.  Bar opens at 5PM.  $15 per person. RSVPs required, please respond by Friday, November 21st.  Reserve by calling 415-454-8835 or emailing Monica, at secretary@elks1108.com

Diner Rolls
Roasted Yams
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Apple/Sausage Dressing
Roasted Turkey
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin and Apple Pie

Immediately following the dinner help us pack over 30 care packages for our troops.  Please consider sponsoring items to pack (see attachment) or sponsor shipping a box for $15.  If you want to donate money to help purchase items or pay for shipping please drop a check in the secretary’s box in the lobby or call Monica with your credit card information.

PS…we also need letter and holiday cards to stuff the boxes

Sound delicious! Linda and I hope to see you there . . .

Below, the crew at Wahine Moemoe, Mark focused as usual . . . plus we were treated to Hula by members from Betty Ann Bruno’s Halau.

1-Kanikapila Sleeping Lady

Familiar thoughts,
Echoes in empty hallways,
Shadows fade to black  . . .

The cold night is starting to seep into the Hale. Time  for this Kane to moemoe in our warm ka’anu’a . . .

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,


11.13.14: Kanikapila at the elks this Friday . . .


. . . we’ll be in the bar this time . . . Special CHEMPI Fundraiser Steak Dinner will be provided by the Elks for $20. RSVP with Stewart Munson at leadingknight1108@sonic.net .

Check CHEMPI out here http://elkslodge616.org/about/charities-and-programs/california-hawaii-elks-major-project-inc-chempi/ , it’s for a great cause to support for just $20 and a great meal. Plus is a way for the UFOhana to say Mahalo Nui to the Elks for sharing their beautify lodge with us. Also, for the Jefferson Starships fans out there Linda Imperial Band will be performing in the Dining Hall across the way after the dinner (8ish) with a $10 cover charge. The Kanikapila should be starting around 7/7:30ish at the Bar.

I haven’t had time this week to post the photos from last week’s Kanikapila . . . I’ll update the blog when I do . .  .

So there you have it . . . sounds like a busy fun night at the Elks hope to see you all there! Btw, we’re back at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, 2p –4p.

An Asphalt Rainbow,
Rain Clouds dancing on hilltops,
Blessings from beyond . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


110414: We’re at campbell Hall this Friday . . .

Aloha Folks! We’re back on schedule this month with the Campbell Hall this Friday. Located in beautiful Sausalito. Here’s a link to their location: http://www.christchurchsausalito.net/location/    Run time 6:30p to 9:30p. BYOGear (music stands, a book light and good flash light!),  BYKaukau to share (Potluck – a healthy main dish/dessert), and always bring lots of Aloha to share with everyone. Mahalo Chip and Linda for hosting the UFOhana once again and for keeping the doors open for us.

I also want to thank all of those that participated in the Health and Humans Services HHS INFO FAIR this last week. Our director,  Larry Meredith, sent an email to everyone in our  department saying . . . well better you read it yourself below . . .

HHS All,
What a welcoming, upbeat, engaging and informative Information Fair. And the energy and good feelings were off the charts!
I want to thank all of you –over 350– who were able to attend, especially all of you in your costumes, for making this the HHS event of the year.
Special thanks go out to–

*the Planning Committee who took a rough concept and translated it into such a fun learning experience;

*the  UFOhana (Ukulele Friends ‘Ohana ) who are simple “out of this world” and filled the hall with music and joy, and transformed the Connection Center to a beach party somewhere in Hawaii;

*the creative set designers from each program or service who created such wonderful booths and games to illustrate their services.
And finally, I want to acknowledge the special efforts and talents  of Cio, Chris and Erin who infused the vision with fun, creativity and energy…and were everywhere making it happen.

Another win for Team HHS.
Larry Meredith, Ph.D., Director
Department of Health & Human Services
Marin County
20 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

I also got other Mahalos from people who participated in our “Free Hula Lesson” and we’re really amazed at the joy there was in  Hula.

Click the image below to view the photo albums from the various events. Starting with the HHS INFO Fair:

1-2014 HHS Info Fair

Then there was “Come As You Aren’t Kanikapila Night” at the UFO HQ . . .


. . . and finally Sleeping Lady Kanikapila . . . Mahalo Nui Loa to the Haole Boyz and Rick for keeping the strumming going during my Sick Leave at the Sleeping Lady!


Darkness comes early,
Leaves shudder and floats earthward,
Tears fall from Heaven.

Ok, it’s beddy bye time,  we’ll see you folks at Campbell and hopefully Sleeping Lady also.

Take Care and Stay Warm All!

Aloha A Hui Hou,


10.28.14: Kanikapila at UFO HQ . . .


. . . check your email for details or leave a message on the blog requesting details . . .

For those of you needing inspiration for this Friday, here are some images from the net . . . think along the lines of:


     “My Ghost Has Fleas?”



“Spook-A-Le-Le Lady”

“Night of the Strumming Ukes?”  – Refrains! Must have Refrains!

OK, now that you have Ukes on your mind . . . I think you folks get the idea . . .

Fragments from a thought,
Images of tomorrow,
Sun rises  skyward,

Aloha A Hui Hou,


102114: Kanikapila at the carriage house this friday . . .


Aloha All. We’re in the Elks Carriage House this Friday. Same run time 7pm to 10pm as usual, BYOGear, chairs will be provided. However, instead of a pot luck, dinner will be available at the Elks Oktoberfest Fund Raiser. See below for details, make sure you RSVP ASAP! Btw, do feel free to bring desserts to the Carriage House for after dinner if you like.

Friday October 24th

It’s almost here! A family event with good friends, lots of food, music, laughter and games.
Proceeds will be donated to the Elks National Foundation (ENF)

Dinner + Commemorative “Bottomless Stein” for $35

Bottomless Stein includes all-you-can-drink beer from the designated kegs until supplies run dry!

Dinner Only for $20 (Kids $7)
Bring your appetite for delicious Brats, Potato Salad, Soup, Sauerkraut & Apple Streusel
Join in for songs and games for adults & kids
Polka Dance Contest * Stein-Holding Endurance Contest
Musical Chairs * Apple Bobbing * Pretzel Making
RSVP by October  22nd  and make your reservation with the Secretary, or call 454-8835.

And speaking of October Festivals, I want to extend a sincere Mahalo Nui Loa to the UFOhana Away Team that participated in the Sharktober Festival  this past Saturday.  David McGuire was very thankful and said that having the ‘Ohana there ‘made the event a festival’. He estimated that that 500+ were in attendance (5x more than last year). Click the collages below to view the various event album(s).


By the way, for those of you interested trying out Hawaiian Style Canoe Paddling (besides the Hula – In A Canoe),Tamalpias Outrigger Canoe Club is sponsoring the following:

Tamalpais OCC New Paddler’s Day 2014!

Saturday, October 25 at 9:00am in UTC-10

Fort Baker, Sausalito, California 94966
Look forward to doing more event with you.
Chris Winn

Below the Friday Kanikapila at Bogie’s Café, Mahalo to Leslie and Mike for hosting the ‘Ohana!


A week before that we were at the Sonoma Kanikapila . . .

1-101114 Sonoma Kanikapila

Right after that we zoomed out to the Elks for a Saturday Night Kanikapila . . . .

1-101114 Elks Saturday Kanikapila

Also, there is no Sleeping Lady Kanikapila this Saturday. We’ll be back on schedule November 1st.

Have a great week all!

Dance of ancient times,
Chants from a past culture lives,
Relived by the few . . .

Aloha A Hui Hou,


10.16.14: Kanikapila at Bogie’s Café this friday!


Aloha All,
Leslie and Michael has opened up Bogie’s Café to the ‘Ohana for this Friday. Run time is from 7p – 10p. BYOGear, chairs will be provided and BYKaukau (It’s Pot Luck so do bring a main dish to share) and don’t forget to bring some Aloha too! Mahaaaaaalo Leslie and Michael!

I want to remind everyone that I won’t be at Sleeping Lady this Saturday once again because of Sharktoberfest (below). We have a Flight Crew assembling there so do feel free to come and join in if your so inclined.  Start time is 11am, so try and be there no later than 10:30a if you’ll be participating.

As for Saturday, I’m sure there will be someone at Sleeping Lady this Saturday to carry on the strumming.  Also,  I was also told that they are having an event on October 25th at Sleeping Lady,  so no Ukulele Ohana that day either. We should be back on track Nov 1 for our SL Kanikapilas.

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes during my recovery. I’m sure that contributed to my speedy recovery!

The Darkness descends,
Sun rays challenging the night,
Moon bids aloha . . .

Take Care Everyone!



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