Hope you’re all getting some rest from an action packed three day weekend. Mahalo Nui to Melann, Linda, Pauline, Marty, Marion, Sandy, Kimo, Lynnette, Susan, Wally, Nohea, Lois, Carolyn, Charlotte, and all the others that helped make the Kaiser BBQ, Joe’s Home Coming, Saturday Kanikapila and the Elks Veteran Dinner such successful and fun events! So this week we’re taking it a little easy by congregating at the UFOHQ for our Friday (7-10p, Potluck, Bring Aloha, yada, yada) and Saturday Kanikapila (2-4p, Yada, Yada) . Sorry, still a little tired from hauling a 900 pounds of gear last week . . .
Below, Joe’s Home Coming, click collage to access the online album:
Below, last week’s Saturday Kanikapila . . .
Below, the Elks Veterans Dinner . . .
Heaven’s dark fabric,
Light from a million years past,
A veiled Moon rises . . .
Hope you’re all keeping warm and dry out there. I want to send a Mahalo Nui Loa to Rev. Chip for hosting us last Friday. Always such a pleasure to play the Great (Campbell) Hall. Click below for image album.
We have busy weekend coming up, starting with a call for Kokua (Help) from Joe Tato for the following events. Please contact Joe if you’re up for lending a hand with any of the events:
Volunteers Needed Kaiser BBQ North Bay Fires
We are thanking all the staff, doctors, nurses, assistants, janitors, security, everybody for their hard work during the North Bay Fires.
We will be serving lunch for 600 Kaiser Employees.
If you are free to volunteer for any portion between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Friday, November 10th we could really use your help!
We are serving a BBQ grill lunch for over 600 Kaiser employees at the Terra Linda hospital. Critical need for Volunteers! BBQ.
That Friday Evening we’re at the Elks for this special event:
DISTRICT DEPUTY HOMECOMING DINNER FOR JOE TATO:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
Welcome our very own, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Joe Tato back to his own lodge. We are celebrating his ‘whirlwind’ trip around the district to visit and experience each of the other 8 lodges in the Great Northwest District!
In usual Joe fashion, there will be a huge feast, complete with Ukulele music (that would be US!) and entertainment.
MENU: Osso Bucco
Also *fish or vegetarian with RSVP request
Below are images from last Saturday’s Kanikapila, small, but intimate group. We’ll be meeting at UFOHQ for our usual Saturday 2-4 pm Kanikapila . . .
. . . however Joe has asked if we could play at the following event for their evening dinner (5-8 pm, Dinner 7:30ish). . . Btw, It’s a Free Dinner for ALL Veterans (Elks and Non-Elks). Otherwise a Dinner (Pot Roast, Mashed Taters, veggies) is available for $11 (11/11/2017). Hope we see you there, if not for Dinner to help entertain our Veterans.
Ok, time to get ready for another action packed weekend!
UkEkU Veiled moon hangs frozen,
Stars pierce an indigo sky,
Chilling Winter’s night
We’ll be at the Campbell Hall this Friday, 6:30p-9: ish, Mahalo Nui Loa to Reverend Chip for Hosting us once again! It’ll be nice be back in that beautiful space again.
BYPotLuck, BYOGear (Music Stands, Book Lights, UKULELE, etc.). Were good for chairs but can use help with setup. OH, don’t forget to bring some Aloha to spread around too . . .
Saturday we’ll be back at the UFOHQ, 2p-4p. BYOB&S (Beverages and Snacks). We’re good for chairs, but you may need to bring a music stand just in case and a six pack of Aloha couldn’t hurt either.
Mahalo Nui to All that made our Come As You Aren’t Kanikapila such a fun and fantastic event. Click the collage below to view the only album. Mahalo to Donna and Linda for the fun pics!
The following Saturday was our last Kanikapila at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club for the year. We’ll be back with our Sonoma ‘Ohana in January 2018. Mahalo to Craig and Linda for the great photos! Mahalo to the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, Betty Ann and Hula Mai for a great 3rd year of Kanikapila in Sonoma and for the beautiful lei. We’ll miss you folks, please do visit us down South sometime!
Btw, in case anyone’s in the area . . . check out the following . . .
Hope you all had a Great Halloween. After all the years of not having any Trick or Treaters show up, we just had a hoard of Vampires, Witches, A Tyrannosaurus Rex (see below), Harry Potter and a Pirate decimate our bowl of candy. After less than1 minute a 10 pound bag of Candy was gone except for a Butterfinger and Baby Ruth. Thankfully that was the first and last group for the night!
UkEkU Day slowly fading,
Dusk surrenders its last light,
Children of the night
Yes, that’s right it’s “CAYAD” Come As You Aren’t Day aka our Halloween Costume Party!
We encourage all to let loose and allow your inner whatevers to show up this Friday. Well, maybe not too loose, but definitely do come as you normally aren’t.
We’ll be gathering at our usual run time of 7pm – 10pmish, B.A.Dish (Pot Luck) to share with your Fellow Ghouls, Witches, Clowns, Pirates, you know, your regular ‘Ohana members. BYOMusicStands and as always that some of that Aloha thing . . .
Here’s a special event notice from our own Madison who will be performing at following . . .
THE Annual Big Band Dance transforms the Novato High School Old Gym for a night to be remembered. It’s part Swing Dance, part Jazz Band performance part Marin School of the Arts Dance performance and completely fun for the entire family! This year features special guests from MSA Theatre and Vocal Music as the evening recreates Frank Sinatra Live at the Sands in its entirety.
Dress in your Halloween or Swing-era best and wear your dancing shoes! Everyone is welcome on the dance floor while family and friends gather for a good time, including sweet treats and dance contest. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 students and seniors and are available at the door and online at universe.com/bigbanddancefranksinatraliveatthesands
Event Details: Start date: October 27, 2017 Start time: 6:00 pm End time: 10:00 pm
Venue: Novato High School Old Gym
Please feel free to mention the above to all your friends . . .
Good luck with the Event Madison!
Joe Tato mentioned that last week was a great Fundraising Friday for the Elks. About $640 for food and over $1200 for gift card donations to the Fire Survivors. Joe also mentioned that the donations are still coming in.
Mahalo to the UFOhana for supporting this important event and to those that helped with the Quiche for Fire Fighters cook off the week before . . .
Click here for images of last Friday’s Kanikapila.
So last Saturday was Sandy’s Big 7-Oh-Oh! and CD Release Party. What great time that was! Mahalo to Marion and Sandy for Hosting the UFOhana’s Saturday Kanikapila and for the even more Funner Birthday Bash and CD release. Click Here for the Great Photos!
This Saturday we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. Usual time of 2p – 4p. BYOGear (Music Stands, we’re good for chairs) and again, that Aloha thing . . . just not a Kanikapila without it!
I understand that Hula Mai may be joining us, as well as other Fire Storm Survivors. Mahalo to the Wahine O’ Mahina Awāwa (Woman of the Valley of the Moon) for Hosting us in light of this difficult time.
Last Sunday we celebrated Paul’s Life at our Kanikapila Ho’ola’a. Mahalo to Pauline, Linda, Linda and others for making this such a special Kanikapila. I felt Paul was there Dancing Hula and strumming right along with us! Click Here for images.
uKeKu Astral Silken veils,
Hidden Heavenly jewel,
An infinite dance.
Here’s last Friday’s Kanikapila images . . . 10/13/17
Saturday we are at the UFOHQ-Annex, text me (4153007804) if you need address, from 3pm-5pm for Kanikapila. Then from 5pm-Whatevas-pm we are celebrating Sandy’s Birthday and CD Release (also at the Annex). Marion will be graciously providing food, but BYOBeverage and BYOMusic Stands. Here’s last Saturday’s Kanikapila . . . images 10/14/17
However, Sunday, we are holding special a KanikapilaHoʻolaʻa (Dedicated) at the Elks, 2p-4p ,to celebrate the life of our dear ‘Ohana member, Paul Yockey.
It’s a potluck event and we hope you join us in celebrating Paul’s life in Mele (songs) and “Talk Story” about this Kane (man) who has touched all of our lives.
Lastly, let’s keep our Friends up North in our hearts and minds, pray to our higher powers to keep them all out of harm’s way and their homes safe.
uKeKu a brown morning sky,
still cool air greets the hot earth,
tired men battle on . . .
I know it’s a been a very stressful week for everyone, for some more so than others. I’m glad to hear that most of our ‘Ohana has been making it “ok” through the Fire Storm. “Standing Tough! But Scared,” says Faith Ako. I know it’s far from over, so let’s keep praying to our higher powers to keep everyone safe and for those affected, a speedy recovery. I know that for Betty Ann and Craig this is their “second time around”, they were also victims of the Oakland Fire. Please send them, and our ‘Ohana up North, lots of positive mana, in hopes their homes and lives remains intact. I know it was that same mana that brought home Jake. Mahalo to you all for that and to Gary, Melann and Pauline for all the help with posting (and un-posting) the Lost Jake posters.
So this Friday, the 13th, we’re at the UFOHQ, 7p-10p, BYKaukau (Potluck), BYODakineMusicStands and as always, you know, Bring that “A” word thing! Since we’re speaking of Fridays, click here for the photo album from last week.
We’ll be back at the Elks next week Friday, October 20, at our usual time. We’ll be celebrating Joe Tato’s “Homecoming” and there will be a special dinner available as well. Mahalo to the Elks for inviting us to participate in this special event.
This Saturday, the 14th, we’ll be back at the UFOHQ again. Same time as usual, 2p-4p. BYOB&Snacks if you need something to munch on. Click here for Saturday’s images.
Next Saturday, the 21st, we’ll be holding Kanikapila at the UFOHQ-ANNEX. Text me at 415-300-7804 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need directions. Run time will be 3p-5p. After 5pm we will be holding a super combo “Not So Surprise” Birthday party & CD Launch party for our own Bass Commander Sandy Bailey. Marion will be graciously providing Onolicious food from Maunaloa Hawaiian BBQ, BYOBeverage and BYOVegetables if you’re . . . well, you know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
uKeKu familiar door,
an empty darkness surrounds,
a last mournful call.
Me ke Aloha Pumehana e Malama Pono,
We’ve decided to stay close to home this week. It’s been rough week for Linda and myself. Our backs have been acting up from all the activity last week, so we’ve decided to stay close to home this time instead of trekking out to Campbell Hall, Mahalo to Rev. Chip for being so understanding . . . . and then Jake ran away . . . . See below:
We’re hoping he’s just on vacation, but please, do call the number above or send me an email if you have any information. Please feel free to spread the word about Jake.
So Friday, we’ll be starting at the usual time of 7pm, running till 10pm-sih. BYPotluck, Music stands, etc. and as usual, some Aloha to share with your UFOhana. Then Saturday we’ll do it all over again, 2p – 4p. Except BYOBeverage&Snack (if you like).
Click below to access the Friday and Saturday images from last week:
A big mahalo nui loa to Craig and Linda for the great photos and to John, Lois, Carolyn, Linda, Clay and especially Laura for helping out with the Band Duties! You folks sounded great! Couldn’t of done it without you all. Of course an even bigger Mahalo Nui to the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club for hosting us and to Hula Mai for all the great hula and support of the Kanikapila. Lastly, Mahalo Lou for setting up the chairs!
Ok, we’re going to take one last look around for the little guy. Hope to see you folks around!
UkEkU Sometimes a feeling,
As we lapse back into work,
Little minds scheming . . .
That’s right we’re back at the UFOHQ this Friday, usual run time of 7p -10p. BYPotLuck, something yummy and/or healthy, BYOMusicStands and of course a little extra Aloha to share.
Saturday we’ll be at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 2p-4p. BYOGear (music stands). I believe refreshments will be available for a nominal fee. Mahalo nui loa once again to the SV Wahine and to Betty Ann Bruno and Hula Mai Wahine for sharing their Aloha.
Last week Friday we celebrated Lopaka’s (85th) and Joe’s (77th) Birthdays. Click here for images of that fun night. Hauoli La Hanau to our Elder Kane!
The following day, Saturday, we Kanikapila’d with the Napa Valley Elks at their Luau Fund Raiser. Mahalo to the NV Elks for hosting us. Click here to view images from that night’s festivities. Big Mahalo to all the UFOhana Pilots that assisted in the kitchen and with the band setup. Couldn’t have done it without your Kokua and Aloha!
Btw, for those of you interested, September 30th is also the beginning of Sharktoberfest. Here’s a link to that and other Shark Events for the month, http://sharktoberfest.org/ . Though we won’t be able to make it this year. Maybe those of you on the other side of the bridge might want to drop in and support this worthy event. Please give our regards to David and Crew if you do make it.
October 8th it’s Pan Cakes, Ukulele and The Red Oak! See Below for details from Brudda Jon Cyr……
Aloha Ukulele Friends,
Here is the info on the Pancake/Ukulele Jam 2017———Fleet Week 2017 (click image below to enlarge).
It’s a Great place bring the whole family…E-mail me (Jon Cyremail@example.com) if you can come so i can get a head count.
Share with all your Ukulele friends-clubs-groups. Everyone’s welcome! OH, don’t forget your UKULELES. And check out the info below:
Over the hump once again and heading into another Ukulele Fun Filled weekend. Starting with Kanikapila at the UFOHQ, 7p-10p, BYPotLuck (healthy if possible), BYOMusicStands and BYAloha, of course! Saturday Kanikapila will be held at the following, please note the time and you may want to RSVP with the Napa Lodge if you haven’t already:
Napa Elks Lodge 4p-8p
Btw, we’re actually called the “Ukulele FriendsOhana”. Click above for link to their lodge website.
We’re not sure where we’ll be exactly in the lodge so just mill around till you trip over a Microphone cable. It’ll probably be me setting up the sound system.
September 29th we’re back at the UFOHQ at our usual time. You guys know the drill . . . always bring Aloha!
September 30th: We’re at the Sonoma Valley Womans Club at our usual time of 2p-4p. BYOMusicStand. Refreshments provided by the SVWC . . .
I want to send a big Mahalo out to Sue and Joe for hosting the UFOhana at the Napa Aloha Festival and Mahalo Nui to all that helped with setup and participated at the Kanikapila. It was an Ono-Ono time for all. Oh, and thanks to Craig and Linda for the great PHOTOS !
I also want to share some images of Future Ukulele Pilots in the making. A small group of us were asked to perform at a small school event this past Sunday, where Lynette and Charlotte was able to promote their Ukulele Program(s). Click here to view some of the youngest, cutest Ukulele Pilots yet!
Btw, speaking of “youngest”, I understand that Lopaka turned 85 today and Joe is currently at 77 and holding . . . Hauoli La Hanau to you both!
UkEkU a sudden chill comes,
endless shades of black to red,
beauty in the storm.